Go Play: Run The Gauntlet 5K in Grand Junction
WHAT: The Gauntlet
WHEN: Saturday, May 9, 9 a.m.
WHERE: Grand Junction Motor Speedway, 3002 N. I-70 Frontage Road, Grand Junction
COST: $25-30 for ages 12-17; $45-55 for ages 18 and up
it’s time to get muddy! Mark your calendar for the fourth annual Gauntlet 5K race on Saturday, May 9, at Grand Junction Motor Speedway (3002 N. I-70 Frontage Road, Grand Junction).
Registration costs $25 for ages 12-17 until May 7, and $30 for day-of registration; those over age 18 will pay $45 until May 7, and prices increase to $55 for day-of registration.
According to The Gauntlet’s website, participants will receive a T-shirt, swag, beer (if of age) or a non-alcoholic drink, mud in your pants and bragging rights. The race starts at 9 a.m. with heats to follow every 20 minutes. An elite heat will run at 11 a.m., and a free kids run is scheduled after the last heat finishes.
The Gauntlet — started by Billy Foster of Grand Junction — stemmed from other mud races he participated in throughout Colorado. When he became a member of the Western Colorado Contractors Association (WCCA), Foster came up with an idea to host a mud run and fundraise for Special Olympics Colorado.
So far, the event has raised more than $50,000 for the nonprofit. Last year the event brought in more than $15,000 and hosted around 500 participants. This year, proceeds will also benefit Colorado Discover Ability.
“I like to call it stupid fun,” Foster said of the event. “People either think it’s a stupid idea or a fun idea.”
The course features obstacles and mud pits over three miles. Each year Foster tries to switch up the course. Last year, there was an elevation gain of 1,700 feet, which is almost like climbing Mount Garfield.
“This is a really fun race for the community,” said Tracy Varra of WCCA. “It’s a positive, fun family event. It’s a totally doable course for any ability.”
Participants are encouraged to wear gloves and a good pair of running shoes, along with comfortable and non-baggy clothing. Costumes are encouraged as well.
Those running should also bring a change of clothes, towels, sunscreen and cash for food after the event.
When asked what people seem to enjoy most about The Gauntlet, Foster said “the biggest thing is to be a kid again,” adding that camaraderie is felt between racers of all demographics.
For more information, visit http://www.thegauntletrace.com.
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