Jul 15, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorRiverton resident Josh Saltsgaver has a passion for competitive running.
Saltsgaver took it a step farther when he competed in a running course with obstacles in his way.
Saltsgaver participated in the grueling course on Saturday, June 29, in a "Spartan race" at Solider Hollow in Park City, Utah.
The course was 12 miles long with 25-plus obstacles on the course.
The Solider Hollow venue was one of only three venues built specifically for the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.
Since hosting the Olympics, Solider Hollow has been developed to host many different sporting events based on strength.
"They have anything from carrying a 90-pound block 100 yards to flipping tractor tires," Saltsgaver said.
The race is in conjunction to the "Wounded Warrior" project.
"It's a pretty good deal," Saltsgaver.
Saltsgaver didn't let the challenges on the course slow him down.
"It was extremely hot," Saltsgaver. "It was in the mid-90s. I was pretty happy with how I did."
Saltsgaver finished in the top 2 percent of the race.
"It was a great time," Saltsgaver.
Saltsgaver finished the course in a time of 2:17. There were about 2,000 athletes in the race.
"You run up the side of the mountain three or four times," Saltsgaver said.
This was the first time Saltsgaver has ever done a Spartan Race.
"Running 5ks can sometimes get boring because you are running in a straight line," Saltsgaver said. "It's a really good sense of accomplishment. Plus, it goes to a good cause."
Before the race, Saltsgaver put in plenty of training hours.
"Anytime that you do a race that long, you better prepare for it," Saltsgaver said, "or it could really turn into a miserable day. It was pretty fun."
Saltsgaver was with the Iron Works Gym team from Riverton.
Saltsgaver, Don Hall, Eric Fabrizius and Kami Jordan all ran the race.
"I was extremely tired," Saltsgaver said. "They all did great. The heat effected all of us. We had a midday start."
The race started at 12:15 p.m.
"They were in the top half of the field in the finish line," Saltsgaver.
Saltsgaver and Hall trained together for weeks in advance before the race took part.
"It was great to run with friends," Saltsgaver.
Saltsgaver will continue to train for 5ks around Fremont County and in Wyoming.
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