Four years into their existence, the Mighty Broncos continue to unite people from all corners of the campus. On the team roster you can find an academic advisor who works out alongside the Office of Sustainability director who encourages staff members at the Drahmann Advising Center and the Registrar’s Office as they all continue working toward their fitness goals. Athletes of all skill levels have joined the Mighty Broncos and found a fun, supportive way to exercise. The Mighty Broncos welcome anyone with an SCU affiliation, including alumni, graduate students, friends, and spouses.
“Being a part of the Mighty Broncos is fun because I’ve gotten to meet people from across campus and in departments that I would never get to work with,” said Lindsey Cromwell Kalkbrenner, director at the Office of Sustainability.
Since the Mighty Broncos have such a diverse team, each member can cater the team to their athletic needs. Some people use the team as a way to train, and others choose to support their friends by cheering for teammates from the sidelines.
“You can really make it what you want—for the training aspect to stay fit or for the social activities—usually we do a big event and then do something fun afterwards,” said Karen Hall, coordinator of new student programs at the Drahmann Advising Center.
Monica Parikh, former SCU staff member, used the Mighty Broncos to kickstart a more active lifestyle. With the encouragement of Hall, Parikh was able to complete the sprint distance Triathlon at Pacific Grove last September after months of training with the Mighty Broncos.
“People really underestimate how important it is to work with a support system,” said Parikh.
Parikh reached her fitness goal and had the encouragement of the Mighty Broncos throughout the whole process. They were even there to scream her name and wave a cowbell as she crossed the finish line.
The team meets several times a week to bike, run, or swim their way toward completing fitness challenges like the Triathlon at Pacific Grove—the Mighty Bronco’s signature event. They participate in this Team in Training triathlon every September and have helped raise close to $100,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society over the past four years. The Mighty Broncos also participate in the Tour de Cure, raising money for the American Diabetes Association, and the Trans-Tahoe Relay, among other events.
Steve Fiel, husband of Betsy Fiel in the Registrar’s office, recently completed his first triathlon in June and then participated in the Triathlon at Pacific Grove this past September.
“You get hooked and want to keep setting higher goals,” said Fiel.
The Mighty Broncos are always looking for new members. They encourage even the worst couch potatoes to come join them. Those interested can visit the team’s website
to join. There you can check out practice times, photos, and upcoming events. Remember, all skill levels are welcome.
“We’re just trying to get people over the ‘I can’t’ or ‘I don’t have the time’ attitude. People can do it!” said Betsey Fiel.
The Mission to Wellness program of Human Resources is hosting a Learn at Lunch lecture on Feb. 2 at noon, featuring motivational speaker, cancer survivor, and personal trainer Heidi Boynton. Boynton has inspired many of the Mighty Broncos to keep working toward their fitness goals and will talk about finding the right fitness path for you.