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Second annual Rumble by the River draws thousands

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

Some of the best bodies hit the Riverwalk Sunday to see who's more fit.  According to organizers the two-day event was a test of the body, physically and emotionally.

From Olympic lifting to running uphill, hundreds of men and women from all over joined together for the second annual Rumble by the River at Woodruff Park.

"We designed the course. We test the course. We insure that they are doable events and then from there, we go ahead and test the fitness levels throughout the day," said Mark Kane, owner of Cossfit Sacrifice.

Thousands of spectators showed up to cheer on their favorite competitors.

"It was super tough, but we had super support systems [throughout the race]," said participant Stephanie Hagler. "We had lots of fun."

Hagler and her team from Dothan said they are not new to these types of competitions but every year there's a surprise that keeps them on their toes.

"Just the unknown, you never know what's going to come next," Hagler said.  

A team from Columbus was excited the competition was finally over. One member said Rumble by the River is way more intense than what he's used to doing in everyday military training.

"It was a great event," said participant Christian Marz. "It was really physically demanding.  There are different modalities and different kinds of events, I feel like all complement each other." 

Although fitness enthusiasts, everyone said they wanted to win the ultimate prize.

"The winners, they get sports specific Crossfit gear, cash prizes and of course many other items from out sponsors," said Kane.

They also got bragging rights until next year's rumble.  If you'd like to join in on the action you can go by any of their three Columbus locations.

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