Let the PRT games begin

The Olympic Games are not coming to Minot, but the PRT Games are coming to the Minot Family YMCA where participants can prove their fitness and put their athletic prowess to the test.

The event, in its inaugural year, will take place at the Minot Family YMCA on Saturday at 3 p.m.

Cost for participation in the event is $25 and non-YMCA members will also have to pay $10 for a day pass. People can register at the Minot Family YMCA beforehand or on the day of the event. The games are being put on by the Minot Family YMCA and Trinity Health with all proceeds going to support Tough Enough to Wear Pink.

The PRT Games, or Personal Reality Training Games, will consist of three consecutive events that will test conditioning, strength, power, endurance and mental toughness, according to exercise physiologist Leo Krajewski. To test for the person’s mental toughness means not telling the participants what the events will be until five minutes before the games start, he explained.

“It’s so you’ll be prepared for anything,” Krajewski said. “There will definitely be some conditioning and endurance and strength exercises.”

The 3 p.m. start time for the games was strategic in that they wanted to make sure youth basketball would be cleared out in time, Krajewski said, and the event is planned to last for two hours.

Awards will be given to the grand champion, the women’s champion over age 35, the men’s champion over age 35, the women’s champion age 34 and under, and the men’s champion age 34 and under. Door prizes will also be awarded.

The idea for the PRT Games came as a result of bouncing ideas off each other, Krajewski said, and events in the games will be based on the equipment available at the YMCA. It was decided to hold an event like this to raise money for the Tough Enough to Wear Pink campaign, he noted, and thought it would be nice to have a competition to see where people are at with their fitness level.

“If it’s well received, then we’ll have the games again,” Krajewski added.

Additionally, the goal is to have another PRT Games event this summer.

“And any way we can raise money for Tough Enough to Wear Pink, that’s good,” Krajewski said.

The events in the PRT Games that will be done on Saturday have never been done before, Krajewski noted, which eliminates people in his Personal Reality Training classes from having an advantage over other people. The idea is to promote being well-rounded in your fitness level, he explained, because too many times people only focus on just cardio activities or just strength training .

“When we chose events, we chose ones that would challenge them and that’s where the mental toughness comes in,” Krajewski said.

A lot of people have been saying that they will participate in the PRT Games and are interested, Krajewski said, and thought there would be a huge influx of participants on the day of the event.

“I encourage people to come out and compete,” he said. “Even if you don’t win, just come out and support a great cause.”

People are also encouraged to watch the games or cheer someone on, Krajewski continued. Spectators can expect to see a lot of sweat from the participants, he added.

“People have put in a lot of time and effort and the games will show off what they’ve been doing,” he said.

“The PRT Games are just a way to test your all-around physical fitness,” Krajewski said. “It’s helping a great cause and something different and a way to test yourself in a different area. It’s a chance for you to see what you can do.”