May 19, 2012

SandBoxBlogs: KJCT News 8 "Inside The Gauntlet'

It's not 'Tough Mudder' (...I mean...who can trump courses designed by British Special Forces, challenged all over the world including our own military and that benefit proceeds to Wounded Warriors?) but the new "Gauntlet" down and over in Grand Junction does sound like a lot of fun.

"GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. -- On Saturday nearly 400 competitors will see if they have what it takes to challenge The Gauntlet. It's a filthy and formidable obstacle course designed to test your limits. It's the first mud race of it's kind in the Grand Valley. KJCT got an exclusive look as Aman Chabra was invited to test it out.

It's dirty, it's daunting and down right demanding. The Western Colorado Contractor's Association has spent three days building this course. Our own Aman Chabra, along with his challenger were the first to test it out.

"Definitely more than I expected," said Chabra.

Sonya Foster, a member of the The Western Colorado Contractor's Association, says, "The Gauntlet is the Grand Junction area's first mud run obstacle event and we are hoping to make it an annual event for people to come and participate."

The first challenge is a 70 foot climb up a giant hill.

Foster says, "It is pretty steep and when you are coming down it is muddy, so we are going to be shooting water on it to make sure it stays muddy."

Then comes the mud pit. "To be able to jump into it felt kind of good, but then I had to take a few steps," said Chabra.

During the Gauntlet, mud becomes a badge of honor.

Chabra says, "It was just caked everywhere, not to mention the fact that flour gets thrown on you right afterward."

This race is not just about brawn, your brain will also be tested. You have to move a ball through a maze with a wheelbarrow before you can advance...."  (Read more?  Click title)

"Truth goes through three stages. First it is ridiculed. Then it is violently opposed. Finally, it is accepted as self-evident."

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