Next Event: June 15, 2024


That can do attitude? Bring it. You’ll need it on this course. This race is meant to test you – that’s a promise and a guarantee. Be prepared for a race beyond your wildest dreams. If it were easy, it wouldn’t be a Barbarian Challenge.


This race isn’t just for anyone. It’s for the brave, the strong, the fierce. For those who train harder than they play. No, this isn’t your grandmother’s 5k. It requires dedication to get through some pretty insane obstacles that stand between you and greatness.


and we don’t mean in a car. Many show up with winning on their minds, and that’s just the way we like it. Run your toughest trails, jump over your highest obstacles, and don’t be afraid to get a little dirty. The course is made for true Barbarians, remember?

The Barbarian Challenge was first held at Noccalula Falls Park in 2011 and it was directed by Extreme Events LLC. In 2015 the City of Gadsden bought the rights to the race and the Park and Recreation Department has directed it ever since. The Barbarian Challenge takes place once a year, on the 3rd Saturday in June at Noccalula Falls Park in Gadsden, AL. It is approximately 6 miles and consists of 20 plus obstacles and tough terrain. You also get to run in the gorge of the 90 ft water fall that is the centerpiece of the park. It is the south’s most scenic OCR! Follow The Barbarian Challenge on Facebook to keep up with new info.

Phone: 256-549-4663 Ext. 3

1500 Noccalula Road
Gadsden, AL 35904