Fort Benning hosts Spartan Ranger Challenge, part of Best Ranger Competition

(Source: Matt Clegg/WTVM)
(Source: Matt Clegg/WTVM)
(Source: Matt Clegg/WTVM)
(Source: Matt Clegg/WTVM)
(Source: Matt Clegg/WTVM)
(Source: Matt Clegg/WTVM)

FORT BENNING, GA (WTVM) – This weekend on Fort Benning civilians will have the chance to run with the Rangers.

Fifty Ranger teams from around the nation are taking part in the three-day competition for the second year.

The race is part of the 2017 Best Ranger Competition which tests the best soldiers in the world.

Thousands come to participate in the experience of how to become a Spartan.

One of the fastest growing physical sports, the five-mile military training course challenges competitors along with Army Rangers to go through obstacles that include jumping through fire, climbing through barbwire, and swimming through mud.

Saturday's cool morning didn't stop the many people, young and old from coming out to participate, some for the very first time.

Spartan participant, Katie Windham, said, "A lot of running, a lot of sprint training, a lot of hip training. I guess I'm ready. We'll see."

Although challenging, this race is said to be for anyone bold enough to take on the challenge.

"Personally, it's great to overcome personal challenges, obstacles, but as a team, it's amazing to see all the ones achieve what they thought wasn't possible, it's quite an experience," said Spartan participant, Johnathan Lopez.

The extreme obstacles test strength and mental endurance and a reminder to those young and old to keep going.

"The beauty of this race and the competition itself is that it is completely transparent. Every event is out there, the scoring is out there. It's the best team and best man to come through the finish line," said Lt. Colonel Jim Hathaway, Airborne Ranger Training Brigade.

If you plan on competing or being a spectator you will need to use the Alabama Side access point to post off Highway 165 in Fort Mitchell.

The events will wrap up Sunday, April 9.

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