Before competing in a marathon, it's smart to build up your endurance with weekly runs or one practice marathon the night before. Be prepared with this Groupon.
- $41 for registration for one in the Firebreather Challenge on August 17th or August 18th (up to an $85 value)
Registration includes race entry, a t-shirt, and admission into the after party. For 3 or 7–8 miles, runners tear through roads, trails, creeks, and woods. The course keeps things interesting with obstacle such as hurdles and sled pulls. Race organizers explain and time each challenge. Afterwards, they determine each individual and team ranking based on the times for each challenge.
Participants can choose from two levels: Firebreathers, which tests participants in peak physical condition, or Firestarters, which offers scaled-back challenges. Event organizers recommend that participants train for the event with a CrossFit program. Kids 9–11 years old can participate alongside a parent or guardian. Racers 12–17 require a parent or guardian's signature.
Though this merchant sometimes offers a discounted price online, this Groupon is still the best deal available.
In tales of old, knights would travel miles, climb mountains, and conquer the elements to take down a villager-menacing dragon. Though there's no BTU-spewing beast at the end, the Firebreather Challenge offers plenty of climbing and conquering. A series of obstacles stands in each participant's way, challenging them to leap over hurdles, crawl through the brush, or carry sandbags up a steep hill. Racers even fight against nature during night races, donning headlamps to light their way. Event staff time two of the challenges before determining the final rankings for individuals and teams. In the end, runners meet up with an after party and possibly cool glasses of beer.