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5,000 expected in NE Paulding for Savage Race
by Adam Elrod
May 08, 2013 09:03 AM | 4064 views | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Savage Race participants at the starting line during a race in Florida in recent years.
Savage Race participants at the starting line during a race in Florida in recent years.
Those hoping to conquer the Savage Race in its debut event in Georgia are scheduled to ascend on Paulding County this weekend.

Savage Race, a five- to six-mile mud run with obstacles, is scheduled for the grounds of Moonlight Stables Equestrian Center, 2462 Harmony Grove Church Road, Saturday. The event will begin at 9 a.m. for the competitive wave — those serious about their times. A wave of runners running for the fun of the race will start every 20 minutes throughout the day, said Savage Race CEO Sam Abbitt.

He said organizers are expecting about 3,500 participants, and about 1,500 spectators, from throughout the Southeast.

The event was created in 2011 by Abbitt and traveled around Florida through its history. Now event officials are expanding it to a nationwide tour in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Maryland, Georgia and Florida.

There are 25 obstacles in the race such as Colossus, a 40-foot upward course that competitors run up before sliding down a straight drop water slide, swimming through ice water, jumping over fire, and climbing stacks of hay bales; and Davey Jones’ Locker, in which runners jump off a platform into a pool of water.

“We are known for having the best obstacles in the business,” Abbitt said.

“A lot of it is about bragging rights,” Abbitt said.

The cost is $99 for participants and $10 for spectators. Those wishing to participate can sign up the day of the event.

Savage Race creators have partnered with Make-A-Wish Georgia to raise money for the charity. Coy Wire, former Atlanta Falcons linebacker and Make-A-Wish Georgia board member, will be at the event to help raise funds, according to a news release for the event.

Organizers will sell water balloons for the organization. Participants and attendees will be allowed to throw them at runners during a certain stage in the race.

“Wire will assist in hosting the water balloon booth and will stand alongside [Make-A-Wish-sponsored] ‘wish kids’ from the Atlanta community who will count down to the start of the race,” according to the news release. “In addition, ‘wish kids’ will be given the opportunity to share their personal stories with attendees.”

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