FAQs


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Is Gadsden, AL the only location?

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Yes! The Barbarian Challenge is now owned by the City of Gadsden.

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WHAT DOES IT COST?

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Dec. 6th- Dec. 12th 2016 - $35

Dec. 13th - Dec 31st 2016 - $40

Jan. 1st - Feb. 28th 2017 - $45

Mar. 1st - May 31st 2017 - $55

June 1st - June 11th 2017 - $65

June 12th - Race Day  2017- $75

 

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WHAT ARE THE START TIME OPTIONS?

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We like to call our start times, horde times.

The time options are:

8am - Elite Horde

Competitive times (Must run these times to qualify for awards.)

8:30am, 9am, 9:30am

Non-Competitive times

10am, 10:30am, 11am

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What is the Blood Oath?

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The Blood Oath:

I am a barbarian.
On the battlefield I was born. I am a barbarian.
Nursed with sweat and blood.
Forged with iron
and baptized in mud.
I am a barbarian.
Fear is not an option.
Barbarians ... Barbarians... Barbarians!”

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When is the race?

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The Barbarian Challenge is June 16, 2018, Gadsden Alabama…one day only, with a limited number of registrations available.

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How do I get there?

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From Chattanooga Area:
Take I-59 South to Exit 188.
Turn left on AL 211, travel about 3 miles and the park will be on your right.

From Birmingham Area
Take I-59 North to Exit 183.
Turn right on US 431, travel 3.25 miles and turn left on N 12th St.
Go about 1.5 miles and the park will be on your left.

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What do you win?

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The top finishers in each age division will win an awesome custom medal, as well as second and third places will receive a different, but equally awesome custom medal.  The overall female and male winner (from the 8:00 horde only) will receive the coveted “Conan The Barbarian” Sword engraved with authentic runes protecting the bearer from evil. Second place overall female and male will receive a custom made metal Barbarian helmet. Third place overall female and male will receive a custom made Barbarian shield. The top male, female and co-ed teams will win 8 identical custom awards for their top 8 members.  Everyone else gets a badass medal to prove they’re a true barbarian!

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My child wants to race, what’s the age limit?

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13 years old on or before the day of the Challenge is the cutoff for the adult race.  15 and under must run with an adult.

12 and under may run the kids 1 mile fun run!

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Where do I pickup my race packet?

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We have a pre-race Barbarian Block Party the day before the race, June 16th 2017 at Back Forty Beer in downtown Gadsden from 5 to 8pm for the adult and kid races!  If you’re not planning to pick up your package a day early, please arrive a minimum of 1 hour before your horde time on race day to sign in and pickup your packet at the big tent with the big sign that says, “Race Packet Pickup.” You’ll need to pin your race bib to your shirt, shorts or costume, check your change of clothes at the (free) bag check tent and still have time to get in line to race.   You must bring a photo ID to pick up your packet. NO EXCEPTIONS!  You must pick up the packet at the race or at packet pick up, we don’t mail packets.

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Are Pets and strollers allowed on the course?

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No wheeled conveyances or pets of any kind are allowed on the course, including (but not limited to) dogs, cats, mice, parrots, ferrets, gerbils, snakes or lizards.  You can bring your stroller into the spectator area, but no pets please!

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Tell me about the Festival Area?

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We will have food vendors on hand early and ending at approximately 2 hour after the last horde starts the course. This means if you run in the last few hordes the food vendors may be gone when you finish.  Awards will be given out at approximately 1pm. We will also a massage area and an area that you can set up tents for your tribe or family.

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I don’t like the Internet, can I register by mail or telephone?

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Sorry, we feel your pain but to keep our record correct, it’s the internet or race day (which cost more).  But, it’s safe and painless, and if you’re having problems, go to the contact us page and send us a note and we’ll help you figure it out.

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Speaking of race chips, what is that?

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Timing chips are small radio frequency gizmos that is on the back of your bib and activates when you cross the start line and send a computer your ending time when you cross the finish line.  If you believe in government conspiracies you don’t have to wear one, but if you don’t, there’s no way to know how long it took you to complete the course.  OF course that also means the CIA won’t know how long it took you either, which might be a good thing… …we’re just saying….

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Are there team registrations?

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You’re welcome to form a tribe, pick a common Horde time, and race as a group against another “tribe.”   Office challenges, fraternity and sorority challenges, clubs and even family feuds are encouraged!  We give awards to the fastest male, female and co-ed “Tribe”.  You must register in the elite or competitive hordes to form a tribe.

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Where do I park?

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There will be parking at the event and carpooling is highly encouraged!  You can park at Noccalula Falls Park main entry or by the Wedding Chapel. You may also park across the road at the church or school and we will shuttle you to the battle field.

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What happens if it rains?

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You get wet. I mean, seriously, this isn’t NASCAR, we don’t stop and dry out the course. A little (or a lot) of rain just makes it more of a challenge.

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I signed up but can’t attend, can I get a refund?

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Sorry, no refunds under any circumstances. If you want a friend to pick up your race packet, they must have a letter from you giving them permission and a copy of your identification. You may also transfer your registration to someone else before June 12, 2017. Or send an email to queenbarbarian@barbarianchallenge.com and we can comp you a registration for the 2018 event.

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What kind of water/hydrating stations are there?

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Are you kidding me?  Barbarians don’t stop in the middle of battle for refreshments!!  But if you’re actually a namby pamby that needs water, there will be three tables with water along the course.  However, you will lose style points if you have to stop and take a drink.  We’re just saying….

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Will I have to swim across any large body of water?

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IF there is water that is deeper than 5 feet, we provide an alternate route for non-swimmers, or a rope to hold onto to pull yourself across.

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Is the Barbarian Challenge safe?

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While there are risks involved in every sporting event, we take your safety seriously and do everything we can to make this a relatively safe event. But, remember this isn’t your grandmother’s 5K and if it was easy, it wouldn’t be a Barbarian Challenge.  We’ll have an ambulance with Emergency Medical Technicians on site just in case.

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What should I bring?

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  1. “I can do anything” attitude.
  2. A change of clothes – We’ll have hoses to rinse off
  3. Cash for Barbarian Swag, extra beer and food.
  4. A garbage bag to sit on if you decide to roll with the muddy look on the way home!
  5. Your ID to pick up your packet.

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How do I train for the Barbarian Challenge?

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Seriously?  We don’t give training advice. Some people come with the intention to win and train like beasts, but others who are uh.. not as athletic just come to have fun and finish when they finish.  We’ve found that most people who are serious runners find the toughest trails course they can and then run through mud, cross rivers, and jump their friends backyard bbq pits a couple times.  Oh, and be sure to drink a beer when you’re through.  That seems to help with motivation. Or maybe join your local gym....that helps too!

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What kind of person takes on the Barbarian Challenge?

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Thrill seeking athletes who are not afraid to get down and dirt. Runners who are tired of the same old 5 or 10k runs.  Military and hardcore outdoor enthusiasts, moms, dads, granddads and grandmas.  In short, anyone who loves doing wacky and crazy events!

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What do I wear?

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Practically anything as long as it’s in good taste.  Well, actually good taste is optional, but it has to be legal and not likely to come off during the obstacles.  Remember there will be lots of kids and other people who don’t want to see you naked.  Other than that, costumes of all kinds are encouraged!  Or, if you’d rather just run in old shoes, shorts and a t-shirt, that’s ok….we roll that way too.

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How long is the course?

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We like to strive for a 10K!

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What is the Barbarian Challenge?

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Some people call it the hardest race you’ll ever freaking love!

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WHAT TIME IS THE KIDS CHALLENGE?

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The Kid's challenge will get started at 8 am. The course will be open until 11am so the kids can come run anytime between 8 and 11.

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IS THERE AN AFTER PARTY?

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Yes! At Back Forty Beer Company in downtown Gadsden! They will have Capeside Fish Company there all day selling Gulf Seafood! They will have music, beer and fellowship!

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