The closest race in HARD CHARGE history, the Men’s CHARGE for Glory came down to a photo finish. Maintaining an average pace of 7:05 min/mile, Gowiski finished the 4.3-mile course in 29:45, the same time as LeEarl Rugland of Roseau, MN. The photo and video review showed Gowiski crossing the finish line less than a body length ahead of former CHARGE Champion, Rugland, earning Gowiski the title and Truss. Fellow HARD CHARGE veteran, Kevin Stankiewicz of Bismarck, ND came in third with a time of 30:55.
Heavy female favorite, KK Paul, won the Women’s CHARGE Championship in 37:07. She maintained a pace per mile of 8:51, easily beating out second-place finisher, Alyssa Freeman, who finished in a time of 41:49. Laura Messner of Bloomfield, CT crossed the finish line third, recording a time of 44:00.
The first-year event in Tucson hosted thousands of participants, volunteers, spectators and local vendors. Two episodes were filmed for HARD CHARGE, the first and only obstacle course racing television series. It focuses on the world’s fastest-growing adventure sport and the athletes who compete for the title of CHARGE Champion. The series airs nationally on Comcast Sports Net, Fox Sports and various local affiliates across the country. Locally, episodes can be seen on Fox Sports Arizona every Sunday night at 10.
Tucson marked the kickoff of HARD CHARGE events across the country. The next stop is Park City (Wichita) Apr. 26, followed by Minneapolis on May 17. Viewers can watch the series, then decide if they’ll CHARGE a HARD CHARGE course for Fun or CHARGE for Glory to earn a spot to race on TV. See a full list of upcoming events and register at HardCharge.com/
A full list of top placers can be found on the HARD CHARGE Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/
In addition to the strong turnout, the event benefitted Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals at Tucson Medical Center for Children. Also, hundreds of shoes were collected and donated to national charitable organization, Barrel Aid.