Spartan Race, part of Best Ranger Competition, takes place Saturday

Spartan Race, part of Best Ranger Competition, takes place Saturday
Updated: Apr. 6, 2017 at 4:38 PM EDT
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(Source: Matt Clegg/WTVM)
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FORT BENNING, GA (WTVM) – This weekend on Fort Benning civilians will have the chance to run with the Rangers.

For the second year, the Spartan Race Sprint event course takes place on post this Saturday.

News Leader 9 was there as crews were putting the finishing touches for the signature 3-mile "Sprint" obstacle course

Those who participate will compete on a military training course. Competitors along with Army Rangers will be running through thick mud, climbing underneath barbwire and picking up heavy objects.

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

"You will see people in their 70's to children and preteens running in the children's course," said Frank Gripple, Spartan Race.

"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.

The first race kicks off at 8 a.m. Saturday. It is estimated that 4-5,000 people are expected to compete in this year's race.

The Spartan Race takes place on 101st Airborne Division Road.

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.

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