Runners in Traverse City challenged themselves on Saturday during a military style 5K that required much more than some quick foot work.
The course was called King of the Mountain, and was set up along the slopes of Mt. Holiday. The race consisted of 20 obstacle courses, all designed through the military, and tested the nearly 200 competitors' strengths, and weaknesses. The obstacles included everything from tire and rope walls, and an icy slip n' slide, to mud crawls complete with a motivating drill instructor.
It was a fun event for all ages, and the spectators also got into the excitement. Organizers say not only is it a fun time for everyone, it benefits some special organizations too.
"Proceeds are benefiting two organizations and that of course is Mt. Holiday, but also the Ryan Patrick Kennedy House, which is a Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and also with the Veterans Coalition groups that are represented here today," said Logistics Coordinator, Robert Guenther.
This was the first year for the King of the Mountain Race, and organizers say you can definitely expect it again next year.