Obstacle course poses a challenge to runners

Event happens on Saturday, Aug. 23

Its name might sound tough, but the first instalment of the Praetorian Race will be challenging but not frightening, according to the race’s organizer Jason Grafstrom.

This Saturday, runners will battle through a five-plus-kilometre course with a variety of obstacles and demands in the first Praetorian Race, the proceeds from which will go to Wounded Warriors Canada and Canuck Place Children’s Hospice.

Grafstrom, who has participated in similar races across North America, said he would like to see the race become an annual event. But, just like the race he’s created, Grafstrom will have to get over the first hurdle before tackling the second. And to help get people interested, Grafstrom has created a race he hopes will welcome runners to the sport, rather than scare them away.

“I decided to start off by offering a race that was a little easier … for people who want to try it but maybe are a little bit intimidated,” he said.

The race will include more than 10 obstacles; in addition to all the running, there will be walls to climb over and under, objects to carry and jump over.

Grafstrom said he’s “excited but nervous” about the event, which is the first such race he has organized.

He said it’s been a learning experience, but hopes a good turnout Saturday makes it worth it.

Online registration closes Wednesday, and the cost is $60. There will be registration available on race day for $65. Teams and families receive discounts.

For more information, visit praetorianrace.com.