This was the toughest race Nye and I have ever completed, or myself alone. I have never been so thoroughly exhausted in every muscle of my body after a race.
No part of the running course was easy, and all was run carrying a 6lb. brick. This immediately pulls your running technique and experience out from under you.
Most of the 'running' course is incredibly technical hiking trails, or unmowed bushwhack type ski slopes overgrown with waist to chest high grass. Fitness test exercises tax you at regular intervals, and the most demanding are saved for the finish area, where you trade your brick for a cinderblock.
Breakdown of the exercises:
50 slalom burpees, 5 sets of 10 burpees with a 50' slalom course run after each set.
Runners pick up a 6lb. brick and ride the charilift approximately 7 minutes.
The brick must be carried for the entire course, until the cinderblock is carried in the finish area, see below.
Runners pass a hiker's lean-to on the way to the summit along an extremely technical and often vertical hiking trail.
Runners decend along another hiking trail only slightly less challenging than the ascent to perform 50 air squats and 30 hand-release pushups at the lean-to.
Runners proceed across the mountain to run up, down, and back up the mountain on primarily un-mowed bushwhack trails.
On the final ascent, runners arrive at a pavillion where each runner performs 30 burpee box jumps onto the log benches.
Runners decend through technical hiking trails, bushwhack, and some weed-whacked sections to the finish area.
At the finish area, each runner exchanges their brick for a cinderblock, 50lb for males and 30lb for females.
Shuttle-style each runner performs reverse-lunges carrying the cinderblock for 150 feet total, in 3 50 foot intervals, sprinting back to the start after each set of reverse lunges, for a total of 150 feet of lunges and 300 feet of 'running'.
After completing the final sprint, runners perform 50x squat thrusts with the cinderblock.
After squat thrusts, runners perform 300 reps of jumping rope, doubleunders allowed only for the entire quantity, no partial credit.
After jump rope, runners sprint back up the slalom course they started on and and back to the jump rope area to finish the race.