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NWS Yorktown’s Barbarian Bruiser challenges participants

10/19/17 12:00 AM

NWS Yorktown’s Barbarian Bruiser challenges participants
By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Shelby M. Tucker - Navy Public Affairs Support Element - East

YORKTOWN, Va. (Sept. 27, 2016) – More than 200 service members, veterans, Department of Defense (DoD) civilians, and family members raced in the second-annual Barbarian Bruiser Trail Run Sept. 24 at Cheathem Annex in Yorktown, Va.

The Barbarian Bruiser is a race in which participants have to overcome 20 obstacles ranging from mud pits to 10-foot-high walls to tire drags.

“There were some challenges, some big buckets of sand,” said DoD Civilian Cynthia Young. “That was torturous, but I made it through. I pulled some tires, climbed some more tires. It was excellent.”

Events like this may seem difficult to some, but Michelle Link, a military spouse from Napa Valley, Calif., said she found the motivation to push through the challenges.

“In the military you can get into a rut and not do anything, or you can find the recourses that are given to you for free or at low cost and this is one of them,” said Link. “It’s exciting because [similar events can be pretty expensive], so this, being the same type of course for free, is a heck of a deal.”

After digging deep some participants, such as Army Reserve Capt. Kari Drescher, the first female finisher of the event, said they ended up surprising themselves through their performance.

“I’ve been gone for training for a month and haven’t been doing any kind of exercise or working out really, so I just kind of came to have fun,” said Drescher. “Just to be able to run something and be able to get back into the grove of things was really great.”

Though the trail was tough and the trials grueling, participants said they made it through triumphant, muddy and all-around-better for the experience.

"It’s a good time to get the family together to accomplish something," said Chief Yoeman Sean Stewart. "If you’re scared you just have to come out and do it. You have to find the motivation, you have to dig deep, and at the end, it’s rewarding."