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Embracing the 'Warrior' spirit (W/PHOTO GALLERY, VIDEO)

After conquering a ropes obstacle, Warrior Dash runners were treated to a high-powered blast of water, courtesy of snow-making machines at Afton Alps Ski Area. Bulletin photo by Mike Longaecker3 / 3

Fire. Mud. Tall walls.

Obstacles that would make most people turn away lured thousands of brave runners who headed to the hills of Afton Alps Ski Area Saturday, June 30, and Sunday, July 1, for the Warrior Dash race.

The race consisted of a three-mile course littered with 12 obstacles, including a rappelling line, a military crawl, a rope climb, a fire jump and a mud crawl.

Many runners took their time tackling the challenges and Afton Alps' hilly terrain. Others gave it their all throughout the race; one runner on Sunday completed the race in just under 24 minutes.

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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