Build real functional fitness, physical and mental strength, confidence and resilience, camaraderie and community. Taking things that life throws at you, being able to RISE out of them and take on a new challenge. With a lot of fun along the way!
My Promise to You. As Rise Challenge Events grows our community, I will never be a corporate sell out (giving up what you believe in for money). I will stay genuine and maintain integrity while continuing to improve, inspire, and grow. With the goal of challenging, rewarding, and inspiring while staying true to our themes, our cause, the sport, the movement. - Tammy Kovaluk, Founder and Owner
Tammy Kovaluk is a sports trainer and strength coach based in Bend, OR. In addition to her work as owner of Rise Challenge Events, which puts on the annual Rise Troop Challenge, Battle HD, and Rise Ranch Challenge obstacle course races, she coaches obstacle training and functional fitness classes. Tammy also founded Bend Trail Runners, Bend OCR, and has been the run coach for the FootZone marathon training group.
She was a competitive amateur boxer, cross country runner, triathlete (competing in the the Ironman World Champsionships in Kona, 2009), and elite Spartan Obstacle Course Racer where she has placed 2nd elite female master's (10th overall) in the Spartan World's Ultra Beast in Lake Tahoe (2016) and the Montana Beast (2017). Once the race series changed to one that did not fulfill Tammy's mission and values, she moved onto the SUCK. Tammy placed 1st overall (both females and males) in the 2019 SUCK race, a 12 hour overnight challenge that involved carrying heavy loads, military calisthenics, rucking, and functional strength workouts. She then accepted the challenge of the "Ultimate SUCK" and placed 3rd overall, an event known as one of the world's comprehensive, extreme fitness competitions that combines strenuous Midwestern farm chores with military boot camp, trail running, rucking, strongman and more over a 36 hour time period. Tammy worked on her weaknesses, and came back in 2020 to be the "Ultimate SUCK" overall winner (both men and women). She also competed in a virtual challenge, called the Devil's Double, raising close to $2500 for Harmony Farm Animal Sanctuary. She loves military based training and is currently training for ultra local events, guinness world record as 'world's fittest woman' and defending her title at the 2021 Ultimate SUCK.
Tammy is a certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, CSCS through the NSCA, speed and agility, and corrective exercise specialist (FMS Level 2). Her degrees include a BS in Kinesiology from the University of Victoria and an MS in Kinesiology & Sports Conditioning from AT Still University in Mesa, AZ. Additionally, she is a Stack Expert Contributor, publishing articles on obstacle race training, tactical fitness, and strength and conditioning training for football and baseball. Tammy brings over 20 years of experience in training, nutrition consulting, and coaching to the table. She has helped numerous athletes attain scholarships, successfully complete Special Forces Selection, get their first win, or attain their best (such as conquering an obstacle race after post injury or sedentary) they had not thought possible.Physical training has changed her life, and she is passionate and dedicated to helping others achieve their fitness goals.
Andy "Ageless Warrior" is our consultant, operations advisor, and assistant RD. He has been with RISE Challenge Events since the very first race.
Andy was commissioned in the Navy through the rigorous Aviation Officer Candidate School (Pensacola, FL) and served over 20 years as a Naval Flight Officer. He stays involved in the military, investigating training methodology and assisted in prepping his son for Special Forces training (who is currently in the final phase of CCT).
Andy is a certified Tactical Strength and Conditioning Facilitator (TSAC) certification through NSCA. He is our pull ups and sandbag ‘guru’ to name a couple of many specialties in his arsenal. A military training and obstacle racing enthusiast, Andy especially enjoys course design based on real tasks employed by those who serve. He also enjoys helping young men and women physically prepare for the rigors of military boot camp and officer Candidate School.