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September 14, 2013

Pushed to the limit: Challenge will benefit wounded warriors

JOHNSTOWN — Offering the promise of mental torment, bloody knees and puke, Outdoor Odyssey is looking for individuals who want to test their physical limits – all for a good cause – on Sept. 21.

Beginning at 9 a.m., the leadership academy, located in Boswell, will hold its inaugural Roaring Run All Mountain Challenge.

Participants can compete on either a 5-kilometer course with 10 obstacles or a grueling 11-mile, 30-obstacle trail. There will be no winners declared, no times kept. Rather, individuals will simply challenge themselves mentally and physically.

“It’s going to be action-packed,” said Brandon Jones, the company’s director of operations. “It’s going to be an awesome event.”

The newly designed course was created by a U.S. Marine, U.S. Navy SEAL and member of the United Kingdom’s Royal Marine Corps. It includes creative and challenging obstacles, including five involving water. And then there is the armageddon mystery obstacle that Jones wants to keep secret, except to say it will test the participants’ fortitude with a little bit of fire.

Approximately 150 people have signed up so far to take on the challenge. They will be allowed to go at their own pace, whether walking, marching or running.

“We don’t expect anybody to be able to actually run the whole thing,” Jones said.

All proceeds will go toward the Semper Fi Odyssey program, which helps wounded warriors acclimate back to civilian life.

“This program helps them create a plan for the rest of their lives,” Jones said.

Anybody interested in participating can get more information at roaringrunmountainchallenge.com. Jones can be reached at brandon@outdoorodyssey.org or 629-6516.

The cost to enter is $80. Sunday is the last day to register.

Dave Sutor is a reporter for The Tribune-Democrat. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/Dave_Sutor.

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