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Goliath at the Gorge: A challenge of Biblical proportions

Tanner Cook • Updated Oct 3, 2017 at 7:31 PM

HAMPTON — “We set out to make the toughest race in Northeast Tennessee,” said race director Karen Hubbs at the press conference for the second annual Goliath at the Gorge on Tuesday.

The event is an obstacle course race that features three events: the kids run, a 5K course and a 10K course. The races will take place in conjunction with the Fall Family Fun Festival at Doe River Gorge on Oct. 14-15.

The 5K and 10K courses are nothing short of the word difficult with both courses having over 700 feet of elevation change within the first half mile, not to mention all of the obstacles that the runners must face along the way. Some of the obstacles will include tire fields, a burden carry (10K only), Atlas stones, an inverted wall, pit jumps and a mud pit at the end of the race. These are only a few of the multitude of obstacles waiting for runners.

In other words, an athlete’s mind and body will be put to the test.

The Goliath at Gorge was started by Hubbs and the Goose Chase in response to a recent survey that came out in 2015 that revealed that obstacle course races like Tough Mudder and Spartan Races are the fastest growing types of races in the world.

The Doe River Gorge will host the event and will also provide a day full of family fun that includes train rides up through the scenic and historic Doe River Gorge section of the East Tennessee and Western North Carolina railroad, cornhole, disc golf, volleyball and UNIMOG 4x4 rides throughout the property at Doe River Gorge.

The registration is still open and is filling up quickly. The 10K is $60, $40 for the 5K and $20 for the kids race. The festivities begin at 10 a.m. on Oct. 14.

The winners of the 10K will receive a metal helmet like the biblical character Goliath, who was the inspiration for the name of the race, wore in the battle with David. Everyone who finishes will receive a medal.

“This race is one not to miss,” said Hubbs.

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