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Obstacle Course Racing comes to Colton

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A new form of running race has been popping up in the North Country over the last year. It is a running race that combines a road race or trail run with a series of obstacles.

These races which have their foundation in the training our military participates in, both in basic training and special forces training, have been extremely popular in other parts of the country, particularly the South and are beginning to show up now in the North.

Ski areas have held several of these races: Titus Mountain, Big Tupper and Whiteface have each held highly successful events. The larger events have franchise names such as “Spartan Run”, “Dirty Girl Mud Run”, “Marine Corps Run”.

The events add variety to a running race, give runners a chance to use a variety of muscle groups, and even the field somewhat between faster and slower runners; a slow runner might excel at the obstacles and still have a chance to do very well.

Racers may participate as individuals or as part of a team. In teams, members encourage each other and help one another through the obstacles. Frequently competitors dress in costume. These are fun events celebrating the joy of leading an active life where adults can challenge themselves with something truly out of the ordinary.

Colton will be holding such an event on Saturday, May 10th at the Fireman’s Field in Colton. The event will feature a 5k road run followed by a 1500’ obstacle course on the field. If a competitor finds an obstacle that is for him or her insurmountable there is always an option to go around, incurring a penalty.

This is a great “Try It” event for those curious about the style of events without committing to one of the large races.

Entry forms are available at the following locations: Colton Town Hall, White’s General Store in Colton, Boyce’s General Store in South Colton.

Race Day entries are also accepted. Cost of entry is $25.00 before May 1, $35.00 thereafter. Prizes are offered for the fastest male, fastest female, slowest overall, fastest team, best costume.

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