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New Faces Win HARD CHARGE Championship At Inaugural Minneapolis Event
HARD CHARGE obstacle course race was held at Pinehaven Farm in Wyoming; show airs every Friday on Fox Sports North
Kraker, a champion Spartan racer, enjoyed his first HARD CHARGE event, in particular, the course design. “I loved it. Definitely designed to be a fast, competitive race and that’s what we had out there today.” Maintaining an average pace of 7:45 min/mile, Kraker won the title and Championship Truss in a time of 31:00. He beat former CHARGE Champion and six-time HARD CHARGE competitor, LeEarl Rugland of Roseau, by less than 1 minute. Despite suffering a slip on the very first obstacle, Angled Ambush, Rugland managed to complete the race in a time of 31:40 and earn second place. Regular HARD CHARGE top-three finisher and five-time competitor, Kevin Stankiewicz of Bismarck, ND, came in third with a time of 32:41.
Voight ran away with the Women’s race early on, maintaining an average pace per mile of 9:23 and finishing in a time of 37:31. “This was a challenging race for me,” she said at the finish line. “I’m a runner so I wasn’t worried about that aspect but I wasn’t sure what to expect from the obstacles. They were difficult but I made it through all of them. No penalties!” She beat second-place finisher and fellow St. Paul resident, Erin Ward Block, by more than three minutes. Block finished in a time of 40:44, well ahead of third-place finisher, Missy Charboneau of Fridley, who crossed the finish line in 43:08.
A full list of top placers can be found on the HARD CHARGE Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/
The event was HARD CHARGE’s first in Minneapolis, and 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 SportsNet, Fox Sports and various local affiliates across the country. Locally, episodes can be seen on Fox Sports North every Friday night at 11.
Those interested in taking part in the next HARD CHARGE event will have the opportunity on June 14 in Fargo, ND. 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/
In addition to the strong turnout, the event benefitted Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals at Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare. Also, hundreds of shoes were collected and donated to national charitable organization, Barrel Aid.