Obstacle Course

RAW Gauntlet Obstacle Course Race, June 10th 6pm

At the 2nd Annual Appalachia Rising Community Festival the obstacle course is open for free play and enjoyment from 11am to 6pm.  At 6pm the competitive race begins.  Book a private obstacle course event or team building here.

Competitive Race

Register Here.

A competitive individual obstacle course contest in the style of Ninja Warrior with an Appalachian feel. Competitors are timed as they run through over 20 obstacles in a 1/2 mile sprint. Participants will test their balance, strength, agility, and endurance against other athletes of all kinds. Come check it out as a racer or spectator and enjoy the farm and festivities.

Prizes for fastest in each division.
Fastest overall male and female will be crowned RAWest.

Schedule: To learn the rules, safety procedures and flow of the course, it is suggested that participants join one of the hourly guided trial runs.  Guided trial runs meet at the main pavilion every hour on the hour.

6pm: Main Event
Participants must register to participate in the main event.  Please, meet at the main pavilion at 5:30 for race instructions and sign in.

Fastest time in each division wins a prize and is recognized as the RAWest.

Divisions and registration fees:
12 and under ($10, includes festival admission)
13-17 ($20, includes festival admission)
18 and up men’s and women’s ($25, includes festival admission)

Register here.


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Past events:

3rd Annual Pawpaw Gauntlet Run
2nd Annual Pawpaw Gauntlet Run

September 12-14, 2014 at the Ohio Pawpaw Festival at Lake Snowden in Albany, Ohio.  Free obstacle course race with $10 festival admission.

The Pawpaw Gauntlet is back and better than ever.  The one of a kind two person team sprint through a maze of challenging obstacles, will test your strength, agility, determination, and problem solving skills.   This cooperative obstacle course race features over 20 obstacles in less then 1 mile, including a giant wall climp/slide, hay bail hurdles, swings, balance logs, mud runs, crawls, and climbs, slip and slides, team challenges, skill games, and more.  Expect to get wet and muddy if you are participating in the contest and dress accordingly. For more information check out the FAQ.IMG_20130914_161524_276

The course will be open during daylight festival hours for practice and enjoyment (Friday 4-8pm, Sat 10am-8pm, Sun 10am-4pm).

Youth Race (12 and younger): Sat, Sept 13 from 2-3pm.
Youth Race (ages 13-17): Sat, Sept 14 from 3-4pm

Adults (18-39): Sunday, Sept 14 from 10:30am-1pm
Adults (40+): Sunday, Sept 14 from 2:30-Finish.

All participants must fill out a liability waiver available at the festival.  If you wish to race, you must register at the festival by by Saturday at 1pm for the Youth Contest and at least a 1/2 hour before the adult contests.  If you cannot make it in time to register but will arrive in time to race, then fill out this registration form and mIMG_20130911_110139_875IMG_20130911_105855_489ail to:

Pawpaw Gauntlet Run
13262 Liars Corner Rd
Millfield, OH 45761

If racing please, join the event on Facebook

Contact: gauntletrun1@gmail.com for more information or call co-organizer Weston
IMG_20130914_161503_645Lombard at 740-856-6299.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I see pictures/videos of the obstacles?
Visit our facebook page or check out these videos to see last year’s course: Point of view video,  Adult Race Video,


How difficult is the course?
The course is designed to be challenging but still accessible to all athletes.  It contains a variety of elements testing balance, speed, and strength, but also focuses on cooperation, creativity, and skill.

What should I wear?
You will be jumping on stumps, running over logs, and climbing
walls, but IMG_20130914_141738_130also crawling through the mud, running in the water, and swimming all in a short time frame, so we suggest some sort of athletic water shoe or bare feet, plus a swimsuit or quick drying athletic clothing. Or just bring a change of clothes.  To clean off one can take a swim or hose down after completing the course.

How much does it cost to enter the contest?
The contest is free with festival admission.  The festival costs $10IMG_20130911_105712_525
per day or $20 for all three days.  You can also sign-up to volunteer to get free admission.

When should I arrive?
The Pawpaw Festival is a wonderful community festival featuring local food, beer, music, and sustainability presentations and activities.  There is an elaborate kid’s area with free bounce houses, arts and crafts, and hourly activities.  I really can’t list all of the fun things at the festival, but you should come early to enjoy the place.  Check out more at http://ohiopawpawfest.com.

If you are just coming for the race, please arrive before 10am on Sunday to register for the Adult 18-39 age group, or before 2pm for the Adult 40+ Contest.  Please arrive before 1pm on Saturday to register for either Youth Contest.

How do I get to Lake Snowden?
The Ohio Pawpaw Festival is held at Lake Snowden near Albany, which is located about six miles west of Athens on US 50/SR 32. It is about 2 hours from Columbus, 3 hours from Cincinnati and 4 hours from Cleveland.

Traveling from the north    Take US 33 south into Athens. As you approach Athens, stay on US 33 , which merges with the bypass of US 50 W/SR 32 W. Follow US 50 W/SR 32 W heading toward Albany. Look for signs for Lake Snowden Drive, and turn right into the park area.

Traveling from the south    Take US 33 heading northwest toward Athens. As you enter Athens, look for signs for US 50 W/SR 32 W. There will be a BP gas station on the right, and another gas station on the left. Turn left here on Albany Road, which will put you on US 50 W/SR 32 W. Follow US 50 W/SR 32 W heading toward Albany. Look for signs for Lake Snowden Drive, and turn right into the park area.

Traveling from the east    Follow US 50/SR 32, heading west toward Athens. As you enter Athens, you will get on the bypass around the city (US 33/US 50 W/SR 32 W). Follow US 50 W/SR 32 W heading toward Albany. Look for signs for Lake Snowden Drive, and turn right into the park area.

Traveling from the west   Take US 50/SR 32 heading east toward Athens. About a mile or two south of Albany, turn left onto Lake Snowden Drive into the park.

Festival Address

Lake Snowden   5900 US 50   Albany, OH 45710   740-698-6373

Can I bring my dog?
Sorry, no dogs this year.

For all other questions check out the festival webpage or email gauntletrun1@gmail.com