Trojan obstacle race organizer Larry Wright likens the upcoming event to human motocross.

“They participants will be doing laps in the center of the park and the spectators will be able to see all the action,” he said, clearly jazzed about the race’s layout. “It’s a tight venue.”

This is the second Trojan race in the Keys. The first, held in mid-July, was spread out along Smathers Beach in Key West. And although there won’t be any water features, or mud pits, the race on Saturday, August 31 is going to be just as challenging, Wright promised.

The race, held in conjunction with the premiere of the local production of Marathon Games television show, will be staged at the Community Park. The 20 obstacles will be arranged in a circle and contestants will complete three laps. The top four from each heat will qualify for the main event which will be five laps of the obstacle course.

Wright is bringing some of the old favorites, plus some new challenges. Look for the familiar 12-foot climbing walls and a new tire mountain.

An obstacle race is designed to challenge a person’s overall fitness, not just land speed over a flat course. Climbing over walls and crawling under wires are common elements. If an individual contestant is unable to do an obstacle, he or she drops to the ground and does the required amount of burpees to progress to the next obstacle. Teammates are allowed to help one another and it’s common practice to start and finish as a team.

Registration starts at 10 a.m. on the day of the race and heats begin at 11 a.m. and run every hour. The cost is $30 for individuals and $100 per team. Trojan finishers will receive a medal. For more information, email [email protected] or friend Trojan Race Series on Facebook.


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