The Gauntlet

Grand Junction, CO

5K Mud-Obstacle Race with 100% of proceeds to benefit Special Olympics of Western Colorado

gaunt-let  [gawnt-lit]  noun--1) a form of physical punishment or torture in which a person is forced to run between two lines of people armed with clubs, whips and other weapons to beat the victim  2) to offer or accept a challenge  3) consecutive tasks endured sequentially, as these do not cause serious injury, only bearable pain, they are sometimes eagerly anticipated by the initiate as a sign of acceptance into a more prestigious group

In some traditions, if the condemned was able to run the Gauntlet and exit at the far end, his faults would be deemed paid, and he would rejoin his comrades with a clean slate. In other cultures, he was sent back through the Gauntlet until death, we however would like to see you again next year…

The Gauntlet is a mud-running, air-sucking, brain-damaging, 3.1-mile obstacle race.  Come rain, snow, man-eating gnats or apocalypse… Western Colorado Contractors’ Association dares you to push you limits for a good cause.                     

You WILL get dirty and/or wet!
  Obstacles may include crawling, jumping, climbing and other skin-peeling dangers.  Added recommendations include:

- Wear comfortable, non baggy clothing

- Costumes are welcome; however it must be in good taste, no derogatory or obscene costumes

- A good pair of running shoes, no sandals/flip-flops or bare feet

Gauntlet preparations:

To ensure you have a great day, have a quick run through the check-list below.
-       avoid (too much) alcohol the night before
-       eat a light meal & drink plenty of water before the event
-       don’t be late

 …And remember to bring:
ü  a warm change of clothes for after the event
ü  towels
ü  water

Registration and Packet Pick-Up

Join us for a Pre-Race Packet Pick-up Party On Friday, May 9, 5:30 - 7:30 pm at the Grand Junction Motor Speedway. Come down and pick up your race packet and goodies, enjoy a beverage, live music, and get a good look at your Gauntlet competition and the 2014 race course! Bring your ID!

Day of registration opens at 7:00 am. You can pick up your packet and race goods at this time. Your packet includes your race bib with safety pins, your t-shirt, beer ticket and added race goodies provided by our sponsors.

What you will need at registration and packet pick-up:

  1. Your photo ID (required at packet pick-up)
  2. An initialed, signed, and dated copy of the participant waiver… if you did not already complete one online.
  3. Courage and willingness to embrace the “suck”

You may register and pick up friends’ participation packets.  To do so, we will require:

  1. Copy of your friend’s photo ID
  2. Signed letter from your friend stating that you are allowed to pick up their packet.
  3. A pre-signed, initialed and dated participant waiver.

Race packets and materials must be picked up on-site. They will not be shipped to participants.

We recommend that you arrive at least one hour before your wave time. Remember that you will have to park, register, pick up your packet, attach your bib, and make your way to the starting line. 

NOT ALLOWED at The Gauntlet …PERIOD!

-       Glass containers of any kind

-       Weapons

-       Pets/animals of any kind

-       Whiners

 First Aid & Medical Assistance

We will have first-aid professionals on-site in the case you need one. Please remember this is meant to be a challenging race... both physically and mentally.  If you are unsure of your athletic or mental ability to participate, we ask you to consult your personal medical professionals for guidance before attending. 

What’s in it for me?

-       Beer*

-       Cool t-shirt

-       Swag

-       Good friends

-       Bragging rights to your friends

*One beer ticket will be given per age-eligible participant.  Please drink responsibly and don’t drink and drive.

 Participation Costs & Divisions

Age divisions

12 – 15*          16 - 19*          20 - 29          30 – 39

40 – 49         50 – 59                   60 +                                

Team (4-per team – All teams must pre-register)      

Registration fees:              Early Registration           Day of Registration

Students age 12-17*                $25                                  $30

18 +                                   $45                                  $50

4-person Team                     $180                                 n/a – must pre-register

6-person Team                     $270                                 n/a – must pre-register

8-person Team                     $360                                 n/a – must pre-register

10-person Team                    $450                                 n/a – must pre-register

*You must be age 12 or above to participate.  Students ages 12 – 17 must have parent or guardian sign a participation waiver accepting risk responsibility on behalf of student.

There are no refunds, transfers, or deferrals to the following year, of Gauntlet race registrations.

The top two female and male winners in each age division and top two team winners will be chosen based on time. 

For your entry fee, all participants will receive:  beer**, cool t-shirt, swag, good friends, mud in your pants, and bragging rights.

Winners will receive: the entire above PLUS, a super special prize and vows of vengeance from other athletes for next year’s race.

**One beer ticket will be given per age-eligible participant.  Please drink responsibly and don’t drink and drive.

When & Where

May 10, 2014


7:00 AM

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