Mental and physical strength of participants will be pushed to the limit at the Adventure Warrior Race at YMCA Camp T. Frank Soles near Rockwood.
The race, which is divided by ages, includes a 1/2 mile, 1 mile and 4 mile courses filled with mental and physical obstacles, such as carrying tires and memorization tests. It takes place March 23 and spans across the camp's 264 acres. It is the second year it is being held.
Executive Director Ryan Hove said he is excited about the changes they have made to this year's race. Last year, there were about 60 runners and 40 volunteers. He said this year they are expecting more than 100 runners.
"This is a great way to get into races. We had people from six different states and everyone finished the race," he said.
Hove said the goal of the race is to have a family event that fits in with the core values of the camp, to build healthy spirits, minds and bodies.
"It's a fun and challenging event that brings families together by giving them a shared experience. If a 13-year-old has to carry a tire up a hill and their mom or dad can relate to that, it brings them closer," Hove said.
On race day, runners are given a map of the course, but they don't know where any of the obstacles are. Some of the obstacles from last year included climbing uphill, building a fire and a low crawl. Hove said that this year's race will have five muddy elements.
"Most racers have no idea what they're getting into until they get on the course," Hove said.
He said they try to keep most of the elements of the race a secret until race day. All funds raised from the race support the camp, specifically to provide camp scholarships.
"The point of this race is to connect with people who wouldn't have the camp on their radar," Hove said.
He said he is still looking for participants and volunteers for the race. Registration prices for the race go up on March 8.
For more information about registration or volunteering, visit campsole.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.