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Running the Gauntlet

Contestants battle to the finish line after a mile along an barrier-strewn footpath, a climb over a wall, and a mile-long beach run (with more obstacles, including a couple dips into the Sound). Approximately 500 ready-and-raring participants tackled the first annual Run the Gauntlet 5K Race at Hammonasset Beach State Park on Sept. 30. The event featured a 3.1-mile race through hay bales, tires, water, cargo nets, and other obstacles. Organized by local retailer Trailblazer, the race benefits the Shoreline Greenway Trail, a non-profit organization dedicated to creating a 25-mile biking and walking path spanning from Lighthouse Point in New Haven to Hammonasset Beach.

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Valeria and Francisco Chavarria barrel through the hay barrels.

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Derek Torrellas and Liam Regula maneuver the tire obstacle with precision.

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Volunteer Gabi Sejourne mans the beams as gauntlet runners Dan Haynes, Jacob Doyle and Timothy Butler cross over.

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Patrick Heenan (right) cools off by taking a dive into the nearest puddle before the finish line, to the amusement of Elizabeth Heenan.

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