Iron Cowboy Relay

Iron Cowboy Fitness Challenge


Cancelled for 2024

The SWTJC Iron Cowboy Fitness Challenge will take place at the SWTJC Uvalde Swim Center on Saturday, April 13, 2024. This is a team competition and/or Individual event. We will have five divisions: All Male Team, All Female Team, Mixed Team, Youth Team (12 & under), and Individual.  All coed teams MUST be composed of two men and two women. Each team member does ONE leg of the relay. The entry fee: Donation items to the SWTJC Student Food Pantry. Have the team captain register the team.  WE ARE CAPPING AT 25 TEAMS!   All Proceeds benefit SWTJC Food Pantry.

Date and Time: Saturday, April 13, 2024, 7:30 am - 11:00 am Cancelled for 2024

Place: SWTJC Uvalde Swim Center, 2401 Garner Field Rd, Uvalde, TX 78801 (SWTJC Memorial Swimming Pool)

Time: Race Start: (1st Wave:  8:30 am)


  • Male Team (4 Athletes)
  • Female Team (4 Athletes)
  • Mix Team (2 males/2 females)
  • Youth Team (mixed, female, male)
  • Individual


  • Athlete Check-in at 7:30 - 8:00 am
  • Athlete Briefing at 8:15 am
  • Heat #1 starts at 8:30 am
  • Awards start at 10:00 am

Order of Events

  • 1600-meter row on Concept 2 rower
  • 1.8-mile run
  • 300-meter pool swim (floaties allowed)
  • Push-ups (3-minute window)

Athlete Check-in: Team Captains will pick up the team packets. PLEASE ONLY SEND THE TEAM CAPTAIN.

Each athlete will wear a bib number EXCEPT the swimmer. Swimmers, please stop at the volunteer station for body marking: the number will be written on your shoulders.


The rower must NOT touch the handles until the race director says, “GO!” Touching the handles early will be considered a false start and result in a ten-second penalty. 1600-meter row on Concept 2 rower.

At the end of the rowing leg, the rower will place the handles back in the cradle and run to the exchange area where rower tags and hands off the bracelet that will serve as the “baton” for the relay.

Failure to place the handles back in the cradle will result in a ten-second penalty.  


The runner will take the bracelet and start out on the 1.8-mile course clockwise around the SWTJC campus. We will have a water station on the run course and plenty of ice water at the pool. Runner will hand off the bracelet to the swimmer in the designated transition area.


The swimmer must enter the water feet-first and swim 12 lengths (6 laps) of the pool.  You must swim down and back in your lane for 6 laps. You will continue this route until you have completed 300 yards, or 6 laps in your assigned lane.  When you finish the swim, please exit the pool as quickly as possible to have time recorded. This concludes the “race” portion of the relay. Now the muscle-heads get to play!


The fourth member of the relay will have 3 minutes to complete as many reps possible of strict push-ups. There will be one judge at each station determining if you have successfully completed each rep. (2 Modified PU = 1 strict PU) 

Total Score Calculation:  Each team will have a total time for the first three legs of the relay. Each Push-up is equal to one second that will be subtracted from the total time of the first three legs.


Judges will be present during the rowing at each leg of the relay. For the rowing, they will be responsible for clearing the rowing console prior to the start of the heat and making sure each rower returns the handles to the cradle. During push-ups, the judges determine whether or not the movement is correctly completed on each rep.


The top three teams in each division will win awards.


Please go to for additional registration information. If you are registering a team, you must designate a Captain who will register the team. Captains assign team name and fill out the registration form below. Each team member must sign the appropriate waivers on the registration form. Individual entries complete one form.


The registration fee: Donation items to the SWTJC Student Food pantry. We expect the event to sell fill up so register early. Race Day registration is available if max capacity has not been reached.