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Testing Out a Spartan Training Ground at an Obstacle-Course Wedding 

click to enlarge Jason Moss and Heather Powell

Courtesy of Shale Hill Adventure Farm

Jason Moss and Heather Powell

Mountain Dos

On September 13, Sugarbush Resort will unveil the O2X Summit Challenges, a "mountain running experience" designed by three former Navy SEALs — and a former lawyer. It's no joke.

The deal? A Single Diamond Course of 4.1 miles with a 1,504-foot net elevation gain or a Double Diamond Course of five miles and 2,552 feet. The obstacles are au naturel — downed trees, steep banks and rocky scrambles. What goes up, however, gets to come down in a chairlift, to a festival-like BaseCamp that doles out food from Vermont Smoke and Cure and spirits from Mad River Distillers. More info at o2x.com/pages/sugarbush-challenge.

The following weekend, September 20 and 21, Killington rises to the challenge of hosting the Vermont Beast – Spartan World Championships, a two-day extravaganza of barbed wire, fire, tire pulls, uphill sandbag carries, downhill mud slides, memorization tests, wall climbs and more — all on some of the ski resort's toughest trails. Registration is now closed, but volunteers and voyeurs can find more information at spartan.com.

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Sarah Tuff Dunn was a frequent contributor to Seven Days and its monthly parenting publication, Kids VT. She is the co-author of 101 Best Outdoor Towns.


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