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What is the difference between the competitive heat and the open heat?
The competitive heat is for participants who want to be timed and are ready to show off their skills while competing for a super awesome Gauntlet trophy and bragging rights. The open heats are all about having fun; if you fail an obstacle, you can simply try again or skip it. 

What awards are up for grabs?

A 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place 3-D printed Gauntlet trophy will be awarded in both the mens and womens competitive heat. All obstacles must be completed for trophy eligibility. The first-place overall team will also receive a trophy. All participants will receive a finisher medal and t-shirt.

What are the obstacles?

We can't tell you everything because that would spoil the fun, but the course includes a Marine regulation O-Course. You can also expect mud, ropes, cargo nets, natural obstacles, a rig, walls, carries, and more!

What is the Marine O-Course?

A corner stone of the Marine Combat Conditioning program that challenges upper body strength as well as technique. Thstationary O-Course used by the Gauntlet is located at the Buddy Powell Pavilion, which is open to the public year-round.


If I don't run, can I still participate?

Absolutely! You can walk, jog, skip, or crawl your way through the course when signing up for the open heat.

Can my dog run with me?

We love four-legged friends! Your dog can run with you but must remain on a leash at all times. One dog per runner will be permitted on the course.

Will there be water stations?
Yes, there will be at least one water station along the course to ensure participants stay hydrated.  Water and sports drinks will be available at the start and finish.

Will I have to be in water?

There may be an obstacle involving water, but rest assured, safety is our number one priority!

Are spectators welcome?

Absolutely! There is no fee for spectators, and they are welcome to watch runners throughout the course.

Do you need any volunteers? 
Yes! We've got plenty of ways you can volunteer to help, from obstacle build-out and course teardown, to race day assignments: parking, check-in/packet pick-up, bag drop, water stations, on-course obstacle safety, finish line medal distribution, assistance with the kids course, and more! Please reach out to for more information. 

What happens if it rains on race day?

The Tuscaloosa Gauntlet is rain or shine! However, runner safety is our top priority, and we will monitor weather for any unsafe or dangerous conditions leading up to race day. Weather updates or concerns will be sent out to all registered participants via email only if necessary.

Will there be a bag check-in station on race day?
Yes, there will be a bag check-in on site. Please note, the Tuscaloosa Gauntlet assumes no responsibility for any lost, stolen, or damaged items.

Is on-site camping available?

Yes, on site camping is available through Tuscaloosa County Park & Recreation Authority (PARA). Please visit the "Plan Your Stay" tab for more information!

I registered, but now I can't make it. What can I do?

Race entries are nonrefundable. You may transfer your entry to another racer or donate it to the AL Marines Foundation. However, we understand that sometimes, life happens. Please email if a situation arises and you are not able to compete in the race so we can work something out.

Any other questions?

Please email and we will get back to you soon!

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