Hell on the Hill

Ex­treme ob­sta­cle race com­ing to Clarenville

The Compass - - SPORTS - BY CHRIS BAL­LAD TC ME­DIA

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.

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