Eighteen obstacles to overcome

The inaugural Praetorian Obstacle Race in Abbotsford challenges competitors with a six kilometre course.

A new obstacle course race comes to the Fraser Valley in late August, with the inaugural Praetorian Race taking place around Abbotsford’s Exhibition Park.

Named after the Praetorian Guard, bodyguards of Roman emperors in ancient times, the Aug. 23 race is designed to physically and mentally challenge competitors of all ages and abilities.

Participants will navigate through a six kilometre course peppered with 18 different obstacles.

The course starts at Exhibition Park and winds through Clearbrook Park, Downes Bowl Park and Gladwin Park.

“If people enjoy climbing, crawling, jumping, lifting, carrying, getting a little muddy, having fun, smiling and challenging themselves, then this event is for them,” said Abbotsford native Jason Grafstrom, one of two organizers along with Chilliwack’s Paul Laviolette. “Although challenging, our race is literally intended for everyone from elite athletes to people with physical disabilities. If they want to finish our race, we will make sure people are there to help them along the way.”

Each participant receives a T-shirt, custom designed participant medal, chip timing and access to the event celebration party.

The cost to enter varies.

Early bird registration is on now until April 23 at a cost of $50.

From April 24 to May 20 the price is $55.

From May 21 to June 20 the price is $60.

From June 21 to July 20 the price is $65.

From July 21 to Aug. 20 the price is $75.

Race-day registration is $80 with no timing chip included.

Anyone running the competitive heat will be charged an additional $20 which will go into the prize money pool. The top three male and female finishers in the competitive heat win cash.

The exact amount they win will be based on the amount of competitive heat entries.

Grafstrom and Lavioltte are using this race as a fundraiser for two charities — Canuck Place Children’s Hospice and Wounded Warriors Canada.

Get more info or register online at praetorianrace.com/abbotsford-b-c/

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