Hell on the Hill
Extreme obstacle race coming to Clarenville
Athletes and thrill seekers, get ready. Hell on the Hill is coming.
White Hills Ski Resort will be transformed into an extreme obstacle course Sept. 14 as it hosts the area’s inaugural Glory Dash, a race around the slopes and surrounding areas that will push racers to their limits in running, crawling and climbing.
Todd Cole is organizing the Clarenville event and explains that the concept of extreme races started to gain steam in 2010 and he knew the event would be a perfect fit for Clarenville
“Back in 2010, the concept of these extreme obstacle courses took off with an organization called Tough Mudder,” he said.
“Since then, in three years, that’s grown to over a million participants per year and it’s something that captivated and interested me as something we should be doing in Clarenville.
“A couple of months ago, a friend of mine from university called me and asked if I wanted the rights to run this event in Clarenville. I obviously jumped at it and we’re really excited about putting this together.”
The race map hasn’t been fully finalized but Cole says the course will stretch over 10 kilometres and will include some of the facility’s cross-country ski trails.
Starting at the base of the hill, racers will take off up the slope and will have multiple challenges to complete along the way.
Cole was tight- lipped about what specific challenges the race will have in store for participants and hopes the concept alone will entice people to come out in September. “It’s that surprise factor,” he said. “You can expect a lot of mud, a lot of crawling, climbing, helping friends, hidden surprises. There’s nothing too scary or anything that is pushing those limits but it will be grueling. It will be incorporating all the terrain of the hill and surrounding area.”
The race is open to all who wish to attend; from seasoned athletes to average Joes looking to reclaim the glory of days gone by.
“We all have that inner former athlete within ourselves,” he said.