The Gauntlet ups the fun, mud factor this year

Jamie Hult, Staff writer

Bobbie Tibbetts swings through a Gauntlet obstacle last summer. The 1-mile charity event attracts particpants of all ages. Jill Meier/Journal file photo

Circuit Fitness is pathing the course for its third annual The Gauntlet.
The charity obstacle course offers folks a morning to get muddy and feel good about doing it, said co-owner/founder Rob Green.
More 1,500 participants and spectators turned out last year, and as of Aug. 3, 500 mud-loving Gauntlet challengers had already registered to run the outdoor course Aug. 18 on the grounds of Brandon Valley Middle School. 
Returning Gauntlet-goers can look forward to a few surprises that Saturday, too.
“Every year we try to keep people guessing a bit,” Green said. “We’re keeping some of the obstacles from the past that are crowd-pleasers, but we’ll have some new obstacles that are a little more challenging and a little muddier. We always try to up the fun factor and the mud factor.”
The Gauntlet is a mile-long, mud-style obstacle course with two dozen obstacles to crawl through, slide under, jump over and swing across.
The course is designed for 6-year-olds through adults, with volunteers stationed throughout to help youngsters through the more challenging obstacles.
“It’s great to go out on the course with your family, laugh and have fun together and have something to talk about for years to come,” Green said. 
The Gauntlet will run 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and is co-sponsored by Sanford Health. Participants may run the course multiple times if there are open slots.
All proceeds will go to the local chapter of Team Rubicon, an organization focused on uniting the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to deploy emergency response teams and humanitarian aid to those who need it most.  
Green said The Gauntlet will be held rain or shine Aug. 18 at BVMS, located at 700 E. Holly Blvd.
Tickets are $25 for those who pre-register and $30 on the day of the event. 
Sign up at, Facebook @circuitfitnesssd, call 605-582-8620 or stop by Circuit Fitness at 1124 E. Holly Blvd.
Participants are encouraged to bring water bottles and towels. Healthy snacks, water and hose stations to clean up will be provided.
Registration packets with wristbands will be available at Aug. 16-17 at Circuit Fitness for those who pre-register.
For more information, call 605-582-8620 or email 


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