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Lewis & Clark students test fitness in Pamplin challenge

Photo Credit: COURTESY OF LEWIS & CLARK COLLEGE - Portland businessman and philanthropist Robert Pamplin Jr. is challenging Lewis & Clark College students to beat his push-up and pull-up numbers. The challenge is part of the college's Pioneer Fair Friday afternoon on the Southwest Portland campus.Lewis & Clark students, are you ready to do some push-ups?

On Friday, Sept. 5, students at the Southwest Portland college will try to beat push-up and pull-up records set by 72-year-old Robert B. Pamplin Jr. Pamplin’s numbers to beat? 100 push-ups and 31 pull-ups.

Prizes of up to $500 will be awarded to the top 10 participants who complete both categories.

Pamplin’s challenge first took place in 1992 and raised $1 million for the college through a series of “Beat Bob” physical events. More than two decades later, students will try again to beat Pamplin’s personal bests in an effort to encourage health, fitness and endurance.

Pamplin is the owner of Pamplin Communications, which publishes the Portland Tribune and 24 other community newspapers in the Portland area and in Central Oregon.

The events begin at 4:30 p.m. at Griswold Stadium, with the pull-up and push-up challenge.

There also will be a fitness obstacle course and a soccer penalty kick contest, followed by relay races with teams of 10 students.

From 5:30 to 6 p.m., Pamplin will award prizes to the top students in the contests.