GREENVILLE – The Light Foundation’s sixth annual Gauntlet 5K Muddy Adventure Trail Run is scheduled for Aug. 12 at Chenoweth Trails in Greenville.
The race is made up of natural terrain and military-inspired obstacles that require the use of teamwork and perseverance to make it to the finish line. The more they conquer, the muddier they will get.
Sponsors of this year’s race include: Mix 107.7, The Moose, DP&L, BW3’s, Integrity Ambulance Service, Greenville National Bank, Williamson Insurance, 2nd National Bank, GTI, VPP, American Legion Post No. 140, BASF Industries, Hittle Pontiac, Mote & Associates, State Farm Insurance – Diane Evans, Roselius Insurance, Eye Center of Greenville, Reid Hospital and Jerry’s Laundry, Up and Running, Frito Lay (In-kind) and Hickory Brands (In-kind).
The runners will start off at 10 a.m. with waves every 20 minutes. Registration for The Gauntlet will include a T-shirt, medal and beverage token. Individual, student discount, corporate/team/school challenge and the free kids race (ages 5-12 and registered runners can run with their children) registration forms are all available at www.thegauntlettrailrun.com/REGISTRATION.html.
The race has taken on immense popularity in the area, accommodating more than 600 participants, and although it’s a fun community activity, The Light Foundation rewards the top runners. The top two male and female finishers will be recognized in the following age categories: 13-19; 20-29; 30-39; 40-49; 50-59; 60-69; and a cash prize of $100 to the top overall finisher. Awards will also be presented to the top team participating and competing for the team/corporate and school challenge.
New this year, runners are being asked to participate in the Sponsor A Camper CAMP-aign to increase fundraising for The Light Foundation’s leadership camp, Camp Vohokase. Sponsors can help the Light Foundation change lives and impact youth nationwide by donating to feed a camper, build leadership skills, provide yearlong mentoring or fund a scholarship.
“We’re always looking for ways to continue our positive impact on young people, and I’m so grateful for anyone helping us achieve our goal,” Light Foundation Founder Matt Light, a three-time Super Bowl winner and former New England Patriot, said. “It is a great opportunity to invest in the future of our communities.”
If you’re not a fan of getting dirty, there’s still plenty of fun on tap for the whole family. Everyone is encouraged to attend the Gauntlet. The event may revolve around the mud run, but attendees can enjoy daylong entertainment that is free for all on site. Featured at the Gauntlet is great food, bands, raffles, a beer tent, bounce houses, face painting, a nerf gun shooting range and a guaranteed day full of fun.
“Whether you’re planning on running or watching from one of the amazing viewpoints, everyone should come just to experience the beauty of Chenoweth Trails,” Light said. “It’s a really rewarding day, and it’s all for a great cause.”
For more information, race day updates, free parking shuttle times, entertainment and race entry giveaways, visit The Gauntlet website at www.thegauntlettrailrun.com and “Like” the race on Facebook at The Gauntlet 5K Trail Run.