Ultimate Towner race set

— The craze of obstacle course racing is sweeping the nation and now, there’s a new player.

His name is Tuffy, the inspirational mascot of the latest bread of obstacle course races, the Ultimate Towner Community Obstacle Course Race, which is coming to Whiteface Mountain in Wilmington Saturday, Aug. 24.

He’s an elephant, wears a pink tutu and is serious about having fin and motivating people of all types to overcome their obstacles in life.

The Ultimate Towner courses offer fun to people of all ages and abilities as participants wallow in mud, clamber over walls and tip-toe through tires. A four-mile, 25-obstacle course will challenge participants of all abilities.

The Ultimate Towner Ultimate Community Obstacle Course Race was born in the mountains of Jackson Hole, Wyo., a quintessential adventure capital of the nation and designed by Grand Dynamics, international team building and leadership development organization skilled in the art of challenging individuals and teams.

The Ultimate Towner event takes it a step further, offering local community sponsors the opportunity to name, claim and even create an obstacle to further community engagement.

“Our vision is to create an inspirational experience that supports everyone getting out and overcoming obstacles of all types,” said Tim Walther, president of Grand Dynamics International. “And we want to engage the whole community through sponsoring obstacles, participating as an individual or on a team, volunteering and even active spectating with photography contests.”

The Whiteface Mountain Ultimate Towner will feature racing for both individuals and teams. The “Fast Class” athletes and teams will begin tackling the course at 10 a.m., while the “Fun Class” participates will start their race at noon. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the awards ceremony is slated for 1:30 p.m.

In addition to racing, music with a DJ will fire up the crowd and participants at 10 a.m., while live music is scheduled to start at 3 p.m. A barbeque, catered by Centerplate, will also be available throughout the day.

Registration for the Whiteface Mountain Ultimate Towner is $59 for adults, $39 for teens (13-17) and $25 for youth (12 and younger). A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Whiteface Mountain Adaptive Snowsports Program.

For more information about the Aug. 24 event, visit, whiteface.com/events/ultimate-towner. To register, log ontoultimatetowner.com/events/. For a complete event listing, obstacle course descriptions and to experience a little Tuffy in your life, visit ultimatetowner.com, or find him on Facebook.

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