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Goliath Challenge set for July 28 at Badlands Sno-park

From left are race organizers Jenny Mahedy, Mark Kretschmer, Kim Kretschmer, Mark Hay, Laura Hay, Monica Draveling, Leo Draveling, Tracy Hartwick, Bill Hartwick, Terri Marquardt and Terry Marquardt.1 / 2
Runners will have to deal with several ravines and gullies on the course.2 / 2

A 5K course, offering 13 to 15 different obstacles, is under construction for the Goliath Challenge on July 28 at Badlands Sno-park in Hudson, said Race Director Mark Kretschmer.

The obstacles range from natural challenges, such as gullies and large hills, to man-made obstructions like cargo nets, a vertical wall and a water gauntlet, said Kretschmer.

There were over 270 people registered for the event as of July 5, but Kretschmer said he expects around 400 racers to participate. Runners will take to the course throughout the morning in multiple waves. The kids' route, open to ages 8-14, totals just under a mile and will feature many of the same obstacles from the end of the adult course, said Kretschmer.

Though he recommends some level of physical fitness for competitors, Kretschmer said he "tried to make this race pretty available to anybody."

Spectators will be able to see different parts of the course from multiple locations, he said. The "family-friendly" event also includes music, food and inflatables for children, said Kretschmer.

Proceeds from the event go to the Feed My Starving Children, an organization designed to fight world hunger, according to the race website.

"It's a great global cause to run this race to provide money to Feed My Starving Children, to provide food to 70 different countries," said Kretschmer.

He said the Badlands was a "perfect fit" for the race due to the rolling terrain, gullies, and wooded areas.

"It's not your typical flat run of the road race."

The event is put on by Trinity Lutheran Church.

Those looking to tame the course should register before July 21.

To register, or receive more information on the challenge, go to