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

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

Sarah Tuff Dunn

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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