Todd Durkin (Todd Durkin)

It was back in April that I introduced or for some of you re-introduced Todd Durkin via the Hometown View.  A 1989 graduate of Brick Township High School and football team captain at William & Mary, Durkin is recognized as one of the country’s top strength, speed and conditioning coaches as well as personal trainers and motivational speakers who works with many pro athletes.

I brought him up a month ago because he was among the ten trainers set to compete in STRONG, a new NBC competition show that would air for ten episodes on Thursday evening.

The 44-year old Durkin was actually eliminated along with his female partner rather early but I had a hint that his time with the show (which was taped in Florida last fall) was not over.  Sure enough, to the delight of his many followers here and in San Diego where he now lives Todd is back.  He returned to STRONG during last Thursday’s episode  after winning a challenge among those that had been previously eliminated and along with his new partner is one of five teams remaining in the competition and the $500,000 first prize.

Now that he’s back in the game Todd is also coming back to his native Brick as he and other cast members of STRONG will be part of next Friday’s Relay for Life event at Keller Memorial Field at the high school on Chambers Bridge Avenue.  Durkin and the others will lead a fitness expo that is open to the public from 8 p.m. - 9  p.m. and after that there will be opportunities for autographs and photos.

All ages, levels, shapes and sizes are welcome and at the same time join the other cast members in supporting the American Cancer Society.  Also expected to be on hand are Philadelphia Eagles Zack Ertz and Chase Daniel, UFC championship contender Frankie Edgar and other pro athletes.  While the event is free Durkin hopes to be able to make a significant donation to the Relay for Life effort.

For more information and to see and hear the ex-Green Dragon star discuss next Friday’s event visit BrickStrong.com.