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.
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.
“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.