For the last year and a half I have gone to countless events from Color Runs, CrossFit, Strong (Wo)Man, Mud Runs, and the list goes on. At these events I get to meet Event Directors, athletes, spectators, and I take pictures and write articles. I love it, but I decided to treat myself and sign up for the Gaylord Gauntlet, and I am so happy that I did.
The Gaylord Gauntlet is an out reach of Gaylord Hospital and is held on their 400 acre rural campus. This is the 3rd year of the event that is held to raise money for Gaylord Hospital Sports Association.
The Sports Association of Gaylord Hospital provides adaptive sports and recreation programs to adults with physical disabilities in CT and throughout the North east.
There were 12 adaptive athletes from their program competing alongside 800+ runners. Not a bad showing for a 3rd year event!
Being in the trenches with the athletes was an awesome way to experience this, and Gaylord Gauntlet did a great job putting this race together. The event was just over 5K with tons of natural and man made obstacles from the traditional vertical wall and mud pit to a roll over accident where you had to crawl through and upside down vehicle (I am assuming no one was injured in the accident!!!) but it showed the creativity of the event staff.
While running I could hear people saying things like, “This is better than ______” or “I like this race so much better than_______” fill in the blank.
Along the way I met some great folks like Team Rugged Fitness who took me in as part of their team. It was a blast and I would definitely do this race again.
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