Anyone brave enough to crawl through mud, climb walls, hoist heavy tires and drag a buddy on a stretcher still has time to register for Reynoldsburg's fifth annual Heroes for Heroes 5K obstacle course race.
The event runs from 8:30-11 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 9, at Civic Park, 6800 Daugherty Drive, Reynoldsburg.
The race is a fundraiser for Hope For The Warriors, a nonprofit organization working to enhance the quality of life for post-9/11 first responders, wounded service members, their families and families of the fallen.
Packet pickup and race day registration begin at 7 a.m.
Last year's race drew about 150 participants and netted $4,675 for the nonprofit, said Bailey Sparks, assistant clerk of council.
She said the race features one- to four-person teams navigating a course that includes high walls, low crawls through water and mud pits, sked (stretcher) pulls and tire flips.
Sparks said a number of police officers and firefighters will participate, but others also are welcome.
"We are always looking for ways to engage with our community," she said. "Events like this give us time to get together; and when we do, we are able to get to know each other on a one-to-one basis. It is a great time to make and enjoy new friendships."
The Reynoldsburg Division of Police, the Reynoldsburg Parks & Recreation Department and the Truro Township Fire Department sponsor the event.
Police Chief David Plesich said he's looking forward to his first Heroes for Heroes 5K obstacle course.
"We are all part of this city, and RPD officers should attend as many community events as possible," he said. "It sends a message that our agency's culture is one of service."
Donna Bauman, the city's Parks & Recreation Department director, said Civic Park will remain open to the public up to, during and after the race.
"The park grounds crew will mow and clear the trail," she said. "This process begins a few weeks prior to the event and if additional mowing/clearing is necessary, it will take place the week of the race."
She said the course would be marked with signs and volunteers will be stationed along the course to direct runners.
Spectators also are welcome, Bauman said.
"I enjoy watching the runners when they get to an obstacle that contains water or mud -- their facial expressions are priceless!" she said. "It's also great to see the encouragement that is offered, not only to teammates but to other competitors as well."
Sparks said she is happy the event has continued to grow each year.
"This is a fun event that will be as competitive as you decide to make it," she said. "Our ultimate goal is to raise money and spread awareness for the Hope for The Warriors project."
To register or make donations to Heroes for Heroes, go to https://tinyurl.com/yb4sl2x9 Participation fees are $25 per individual; $50 for two-person teams and $60 for teams of three to four people. There is no charge for spectators.