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    Going to the Extreme in Gadsden

    Approximately 1,200 thrill seeking athletes who are not afraid of mud, extreme obstacles, fire, and electrical shock will make their way to Gadsden for the Barbarian Challenge, a four to five mile obstacle course run through Noccalula Falls Park. The annual extreme competition is set for August 22, 2020.

    The course consists of natural and man-made obstacles including electric shock obstacles, mud pit, creek crossings, slippery slide, drainage pipes to crawl through and tires to run through up and down Lookout Mountain on Park property. According to organizers, the course varies each year, with different obstacles and different lengths, usually between four and five miles. Racers have to scale steep hillsides, cross Black Creek multiple times, crawl through mud pits, climb walls, and in the past have had to handle the “Shock Therapy” and “Smokehouse” obstacles.

    The Barbarian Challenge is for 16 years old and older and participants can compete individually or as a group. Anyone under the age of 18 must have their parent or guardian present to sign a consent waiver. In addition to the race, there will be music and food vendors selling barbarian-inspired food. Admission is free for spectators.

    Organized and staged by Gadsden Parks and Recreation, the Barbarian Challenge is held in Noccalula Falls Park located at 1600 Noccalula Road in Gadsden, Ala. For more information, visit or call Courtney Walker with Gadsden Parks and Recreation at 256.549.4680 or Hugh A. Stump III with the Greater Gadsden Area Tourism at 256.549.0351.