Commander Run dubbed toughest in Tennessee

Staff Reports • Updated Mar 15, 2014 at 1:05 AM

For those ready for the toughest run in Tennessee, the Commander Run offers a fierce running series held on a challenging course with extreme obstacles where participants push their limits and celebrate the challenge of conquering nature at its best. 

The fundraiser for Friendship Christian School will be April 12. 

From beginner trail racers and mud run participants to hardcore warriors, tough guys and marathon runners – there is something for everyone.  The Commander Run Series challenges athletes of any age or ability by offering three unique runs, the Extreme 5K, the Mini-Extreme and the Cross-Country 5K.

For those up to the test of an insane obstacle race, the Commander Extreme 5K will demand every ounce of strength, ingenuity and animal instinct. Participants will test their abilities to run, climb, jump, crawl and muscle through by having to conquer whatever obstacles get in the way. The race is for participants 14 and older and will test all-around toughness, strength, stamina, fitness and mental determination. 

For those not up to the challenge, there is the Commander Mini Extreme that offers a 1.6-mile course with obstacles designed to offer an alternative to the Extreme 5K.  It is suitable for up-and-coming Extreme participants and is perfect for team building. Participants join in the fun as they complete a shorter, less difficult obstacle course as the ‘Extremers.’ The obstacle course tests resilience, strength, stamina, quick decision making skills and ability to laugh in the face of adversity while building resolve and self esteem. 

The Cross Country 5K is an adventure race that requires participants to navigate a 5K trail-running course – minus the obstacles. It differs from other local 5Ks by going off-road, traveling trails through a beautiful course that gets participants in touch with nature. It will be one of the more unique social events of the year.

“We welcome everyone to join us for the third annual Commander Run. The extreme race series is all about having fun and overcoming our extreme obstacles,” said Jon Shoulders, president of Friendship Christian School.

The Commander Run is slated for April 12. The Commander Run event site is on the beautiful 50-acre campus of Friendship Christian School at 5400 Coles Ferry Pike in Lebanon. The family friendly race features chip timing. Proceeds from the event benefit Friendship Christian School and are tax deductible. Register online at active.com. 

To register or for more information, visit commanderrun.com, e-mail commanderrun@fcsweb.net or call 615-354-3017. For information on becoming a ‘Partner in Grime’ in an official sponsorship capacity, contact Michelle Scharfman at 615-354-3017. 

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