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Second Annual Springfield Urban Warrior Challenge

SPRINGFIELD, Mo.-- Participants run through the heart of the Springfield around iconic landmarks, in the Springfield Urban Warrior Challenge.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo.-- Participants run through the heart of the Springfield around iconic landmarks, in the Springfield Urban Warrior Challenge.

The second annual Springfield Urban-Warrior Challenge obstacle race started bright and early April 6 at 8:30 am.

This is a race that was created to test endurance, speed, agility, and the will to keep moving forward.

Designed by the Missouri State University Army Reserve Officers Training Corps the Springfield Urban Warrior Challenge is a 12.4K timed obstacle race.

It will start and finish at Hammons Field and will again take place in the urban environment of downtown Springfield, with challenging obstacles that will not be revealed until race day.

Obstacles from 2013 included running, crawling, climbing, and distractions such as water and smoke.

"This race is different from other obstacle races as this one is at the heart of the city. You will experience more of this city in one hour than most will experience living here for a year," said Missouri State University's Professor of Military Leadership Lt. Col. Troy S. Wisdom. "With many past runners going out to beat their previous times, they might find out that things have changed just a little bit."

A portion of the event's proceeds will benefit the MSU Army ROTC Bear Battalion, consisting of MSU students and other students from six area colleges. Student cadets fully participate in the planning, training and execution of the Battalion's mission to develop and train America's future leaders.

The race also benefits the National Military Family Association, a non-profit organization whose mission is to help alleviate the unique challenges that spouses and children of service members face, especially those of the deployed, wounded, and fallen.

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