Port Hope high school students tackle gruelling Spartan Race

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200 Port Hope High School students competed in a Spartan Race on Friday – Oct 13, 2017

It was a battle of athleticism mixed with student spirit as Port Hope High School held its second Spartan Race on Friday.

Nearly 200 students on 39 teams decked out in costumes tackled a number of gruelling challenges on the athletic field, looking to claim bragging rights.

“We are now a Grade 7 to 12 school so we try to make it a whole school activity to pump up school spirit,” said teacher Karen Watson.

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Teams of five tackled the obstacle course which began with a 800-metre run around the schoolyard following by tackling two army crawl sandpits, a Herculean weight lift, a sandbag carry, a tire pull, a log carry, a farm tractor wheel flip followed by another 200-metre dash to the finish line.

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“I really enjoyed the logs because the lifting wasn’t terrible,” said Grade 11 student Simon Cahill, decked out as Batman with Team All-Star Justice Squadron.

“I like doing that kind of thing because it was a short distance.”

For the first time teams were time and also rewarded for their creative costumes.

“Everyone gets to dress up, have fun … to get out of class for once,” laughed Grade 7 student Maria Kinsey with Team Ninja Turtles.

Watson says the school plans to make the race an annual event.

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