The Lion’s Chase is coming to Corbin. Just what is a Lion’s Chase? It is an outdoor adventure obstacle course race that will test you resilience, strength, stamina, quick decision making skills, ability to laugh in the face of adversity, and heart.
The 5K obstacle race will be held Nov. 10 at a course off 11220 Cumberland Falls Hwy. Organizer Jeff Sparks is looking for some fun-hearted participants. “If you have tried trail races, mud runs or a warrior dash, its time to see if you truly have the heart of a Lion,” he said.
Participants can enter the race on the Lion’s Chase website. Pre-registration is $55 until Oct. 31. The fee will go up to $75 on Nov. 1. It will be $85 the day of the race.
The minimum age for the race is 14-years old. If you are under 18 your parent or guardian must sign the waiver for you and it must be brought to the event.
Teams can be as large as you would like and team members do not have to start during the same flight. You just need a minimum if five members to compete in the team competition. A total of team time will be generated by averaging the top five individual times.
All registration packets will be available the day of the Lion’s Chase starting at 8 a.m. The registration booth will be open until the last flight of the day. Your packet includes your race bib with safety pins, your hip timer, and your t-shirt. Race packets and materials must be picked up on-site.
Sparks said many runners have costumes. “Absolutely, we love costumes. Wear something that can get dirty and also please wear shoes,” he said. “Remember this is the Lion’s Chase so Jungle themed and especially Lion costumes will get extra credit.”
What type of athlete or runner do I need to be? “Finishing the Lion’s Chase is more about mental toughness than being in great shape,” Sparks said on his website. “The course is 3.1 miles of pure fun. Yon can walk or run. You can be an avid runner, or just someone looking to have a fun day with friends.
The obstacles will be challenging, but fun and if you can’t complete any of them, there will be an alternate exercise, which will take more time but be less demanding physically. Our goal is to have a great time and we believe folks of all sorts can tackle the Lion’s Chase.”
The Lion’s Chase will take place within the wooded and open trails. The terrain used will be dirt, gravel, grass, and of course mud. It is challenging, but all trails will be wide enough for walkers if you need to take a break.
As for the obstacles, there will be walls, crawling, jumping and climbing. “You might find yourself running through a creek or swimming in a pond,” he added.
Sparks said, “Lion’s Chase is a faith based organization that partners with local organizations to raise funds for worthy causes. The upcoming Lion’s Chase in Corbin will donate its funds for a mission trip to Haiti for Central Baptist Church Student Ministry. Your entry feel will go to send 16 students and eight adults in April 2013 to share the gospel with children through Vacation Bible Schools and help with much needed building reconstruction.”
Yon can volunteer, donate or become a sponsor by going to the Lion’s Chase website.
Directions to the race site can also be found on The Lion’s Chase website at www.lionschase.com.