BERMUDA TRIPLE CHALLENGE
Spud’s own Jeremy Smith undertook an amazing personal journey recently. He decided to spend a long weekend vacation and push his mental and physical endurance to the limits by competing in the Bermuda Triple Challenge. The BTC is part of the Obstacle Course Racing World Championship competition, the only independent global competition for the sport of OCR. The Bermuda Triple Challenge is a quite unique weekend competition, with an obstacle course unlike any other race. Competitors experience the beauty of the Atlantic island over three days undertaking three separate challenges.
First was Race 1 in the historic town of St. George. Settled in 1612, this was Bermuda’s capital for over 200 years and contains some of the island’s oldest buildings and forts, including St. Peter’s Church, the oldest Protestant church in the New World. This Argus Urban Foot Race began in this area at dusk as participants navigated throughout the town’s streets, tackling urban inspired obstacles and Crossfit workouts along the route. This 3K challenge required speed and agility as competitors’ raced through 27 different obstacles. Not an easy race by any means, and an exciting start to an amazing weekend.
The second day hosted the Sun Life Island Challenge along Bermuda’s sough shore beaches. Bathed in pink sand, this picturesque area delivered what Bermuda is so well known for; limestone bluffs, spectacular coves, natural trails and deep aqua blue waters. This 5K course began in the morning with military style obstacles overlooking the southern shore. Trudging up and along the sand dunes while carrying bags of weight and crawling beneath barb wire are just a few of this leg of the competitions challenges. As if this wasn’t already a marathon of mind and body, some competitors even completed the circuit for a second time.
The third and final day also began in the morning and set the racers along the Royal Navy Dockyards. This area was the principal base of the British Royal Navy in the western Atlantic following the American Revolution right up to the end of the Cold War. The 5K challenge in this setting included grueling obstacles such as climbing netting strung along the wharf to swimming from channel to channel in an all-out physical assault of the dockyards. Possibly the most challenging of the three events, this included log carries, spear throws and Tarzan swings with a breathtaking trek along a zip line!
Our wayward traveler, Jeremy completed this entire trek fairly unscathed. Merely a little bit of scrapes and small contusions and a bit of sunburn, but truly an adventure filled with beauty and heart. This was a unique challenge that Jeremy can look back upon with pride and accomplishment.
WELCOME TO SPUD
We are excited to welcome three new faces to Spud Software - Alex Latunski, Zack Garza and Kyle Gibbs. These young developers are an exciting acquisition and offer a unique dimension to our culture. They represent a bold new step to our future as we look to impact our community by adding the very best talent to our team. The Spud experience is both unique and distinct and they are sure to experience many new accomplishments. Let's get to know our newest members and see how they contribute to Spud.
Alex Latunski joins Spud from Morrice after graduating from the University of Michigan with a degree in Computer Science. While there, he participated in research on image recognition and autonomous drone movements, as well as working as a student technician for the IT Department. Spud is his first full-time position following graduation and between his new responsibilities here as a developer, he enjoys the comforts of a good read and the challenge of board game competitions.
Zach Garza carries along a fascinating element to Spud Software with his design background. A local from Grand Blanc, Zack graduated from Kendall College of Art and design following his major field of study in Graphic Design with a minor in Photography. Throughout his academic career, Zach spent time honing his skills in photography and merchandising while freelancing in graphic design projects. He also maintains an active fitness lifestyle and studies film, with a deep appreciation for Japan's Toho Studios and their contributions to the motion picture industry.
Kyle Gibbs hails from Lapeer, Michigan and is currently finishing his Degree in Computer Science from the University of Michigan. Spud is his first position in software development, although he has worked steadily in the retail environment focusing on customer relationships. He maintains that his true passion is developing gaming applications and spends much of his spare time studying design practices and developing his own programs.
Each of these gentlemen bring a fresh perspective to Spud Software and we welcome them to our team. We would also also like to thank everyone for their support in getting the word out about Spud's hiring efforts. Spud is continuing to look for new additions to the team in Sales, Development, and Administration to be a part of our growing company. Our website tells more about who were are and what we do. If you haven't checked it out yet, please visit our site at http://www.spudsoftware.com or if you know anyone who meets our criteria, please send along any information to firstname.lastname@example.org.