A few months ago three friends and I decided we would participate in an obstacle course race; The Barbarian Challenge. Our training for the event consisted of running, kettlebell, TRX and sandbags. We did a little bit of training with weights and machines too. Over 1,000 brave, fearless and yes CRAZY barbarians took the challenge! The course was rugged and included 4.25 miles of gut-wrenching mud, twisting trails, creek-crossings and a dozen man-made and sometimes nature-enhanced obstacles of tunnels, tires, walls and barbwire. I must say this was one of the most difficult races I have ever done. On the flip side is WAS THE MOST FUN races I have ever done. Our goal was to finish. After all this being our first Barbarian Challenge we would automatically get a PR. :) Soon into the race we realized this would not just be a physical event. We would at times have to team up to physically and mentally help each other! We had participated in races of this sort before but all agree the Barbarian Challenge was the most challenging! The mud was gross, the hills (mountains?) were rugged, the water was refreshing! Walls, junk cars, electrical shock run, tires, ropes and more were part of the course. Participants of all levels, ages and walks of life set out on a Saturday morning to experience what would become one heck of a fun time and a memory to last a lifetime! During the race at times, thoughts of making it through to live another came to mind. After crossing the finish line, enjoying a cold brew and talking about our day it was decided that NO WAY! This will not be a one and done... Barbarian Challenge, Gadsden AL we WILL see you next year!!