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Commander Run brings a new kind of fundraise to Wilson County

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Gill said the Commander Run would be very similar to the Warrior Dash, where thousands of participants trained to see how fast they could complete the course, or if they could even make it to the end.


The Warrior Dash was a lot of fun, its not about the time it takes you to do it, its a personal challenge, Kirkland said.


He also participated in the Spartan Race a tough 4-mile course located in Atlanta, Ga., that pushes those brave enough to their very limits. Kirkland said the event was held about two weeks ago and noted it was no walk in the park.


Relative to the Spartan Race, the Warrior Dash was a party, Kirkland laughed.


He said the Spartan Race had overwhelming obstacles from climbing walls where competitors had to team-up to scale and a 150-yard mud crawl with barbed wire 18 inches off the ground.


You think youre close to being over, but it would just turn and keep going, he said of the Spartan Race.


Kirkland said he and his brother are entering the Commander Run on Saturday, for the fun, the challenge and to support FCS. All proceeds of the Commander Run will directly benefit the school.


So far, Gill said 220 athletes have signed up for the Commander Run, a strong turnout she said for the first event of its kind in Wilson County. She said the course is offering multiple levels of difficulty, from combining a 5K run with the 5K obstacle course to a one-mile fun run.


This is really different, thats why we chose this type of event. It adds a lot of excitement to the shorter distance runs, Gill said.


Gill said the school has really banded together to help construct the course, including some climbing walls over 20 feet, rope and tire obstacles and more. While the course was built to hold the Commander Run, Gill noted it is also benefiting the school in other ways.


We have now developed a cross-country track for our cross country team, so we can now host events at the school, she said.


The race will have three start times on Saturday, beginning at 8 a.m., with a second start time at 8:30 and a third at 9. Gill said the race takes about two hours to complete and all participants will receive a timing chip.


Registration for the event begins at 7 a.m. on Saturday but competitors may also register today at FCS from 2 to 6 p.m.


In addition to the tough, Extreme 5K, Gill said there will be opportunities for those not wishing to take on the grueling course with a normal 5K run, a Mini-Extreme obstacle course and a one-mile fun run.


The races are priced based on which ones you want to sign up for and range from $35 to $60. To register, or for more information, visit www.CommanderRun.com, or email commanderrun@fcsweb.net or call 354-3017.


Staff Writer Patrick Hall may be contacted at phall@wilsonpost.com.

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