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Paul Lachance challenges you to 83 push-ups for his 83rd birthday

May 29, 2024 10:26AM ● By Cloie Sandlin
Remember this guy?

Paul Lachance graced Grandpa is one Tough Mudder when he set a goal to complete his 100th Spartan race by his 80th birthday. Now, three years later, not only has he surpassed his 200th race, but he’s also ramping things up with a new fitness challenge.

As he approaches his 83rd birthday, Paul pledges to complete 83 consecutive pushups as a means of raising money for the American Warrior Initiative (AWI). One of the things this admirable nonprofit organization does is provide fully trained service dogs to qualified veterans, aiding them in their journey toward healing as they navigate the transition back to civilian life.  

For those who are up to the challenge, Paul has laid out a clear path to participate: complete 83 consecutive push-ups, record it on video and share it online with the hashtag #SpartanPaul2024. (Those who complete the challenge will also receive a 2024 Spartan Paul T-shirt).

I hit the gym several times a week, yet I struggle to do even 10 pushups (10 good ones at least). When I shared this with Paul, he chuckled and said, “I never said [mine] would be military quality! I don’t know why I do this to myself. Just glad to be alive!”

If, like me, you find the idea of 83 straight push-ups impossible, Paul suggests breaking it down over a day, a week or even throughout his birthday month (July), making it a doable goal for participants of all fitness levels. 

We at the BEACON are proud to support Paul. Help us make his 83rd birthday memorable by joining the challenge and spreading the word. If you manage to complete 83 push-ups alongside Paul, please send us the video! 

Learn more by emailing Paul at [email protected].


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