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The smell of manure in the morning


Wild Boar Challenge participants will face a variety of unusual challenges during the event.

Wild Boar Challenge participants will face a variety of unusual challenges during the event.

With the weather cooling down and the winds picking up, time is running out for comfortable running outside. Make the most of the next couple weeks and get out as much as you can. To start, check out the Wild Boar Challenge (WBC) obstacle course.

“There are water- and mud-oriented obstacles, hay bales, trenches, and we’ve had the Pig Prod that has electrified horse fencing that participants have to crawl under,” said Dan Seemuth, race director for WBC. “This year we are partnering with the Iowa National Guard, who is offering a mini ‘boot camp’ obstacle where participants will be required to climb cargo nets, crawl under barbed wire and have a ‘drill sergeant’ put them through their paces.”

Aside from the draw of the obstacle course, it is also challenging. The run is very hilly and is a stern test of one’s stamina and physical ability. However, Seemuth notes, it’s less of a “run” and more of a challenge for people to complete and feel a sense of accomplishment.

Ultimately, this is an event designed with teamwork in mind. And whether or not you can convince your friends to tag along for the challenge, you’re sure to find fellow competitors willing to lend a hand whenever it’s needed.


“We believe these challenge-type events are a great way for groups to enjoy time together,” Seemuth said. “We have an obstacle that involves carrying a log across an open field and generally requires more than one participant. Last year we had participants pull a Humvee across a field. All of the obstacles offer opportunities for participants to help each other out of the water, through the mud and especially over the hay bales.”

Did we mention the “Crap Chute?”

The formal description reads: “Swinging on ropes from trees was fun when you were a kid, but fall off this rope and land face first into a pit of manure. Nose plugs not provided.”

“It’s a 30-foot box of horse droppings that participants navigate over,” said Seemuth. CV

HaybalesDavid Rowley is an Iowa native with a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Iowa and a master’s in film journalism from the University of Glasgow in Scotland.

Oct. 4, 2014, @ Wildwood Hills Ranch in St. Charles, Iowa.

Race starts at 9:30 a.m.

$75 per entry

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