Primal Challenge obstacle course race set for April 20 in Fayetteville

If you ever wanted to be on American Gladiators, or if you think the obstacle course stuff in military basic training looks kind of fun, there’s an event next month in Fayetteville that’s just for you.

It’s called Primal Challenge, and it’s an obstacle course and adventure race scheduled for Saturday, April 20 on property located at 2470 Dead Horse Mountain Road.

The race, created by locals Mark Ridgeway and Mitchell Massey, and led by race director Tracy Byrd (Fayetteville Half Marathon), is described by organizers as “4 miles of badass obstacles and gnarly terrain guaranteed to test your limits.”

The group says they hope to draw participants from all over the region for the first-year race, capitalizing on the popularity of similar events such as Warrior Dash, Spartan Race, and Tough Mudder.

Multiple heats are planned beginning at 8:30 a.m. Spectators can show up on race day and watch the action for free.

The entry fee is $75, and registration is available at A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit Sheep Dogs Impact Assistance, a Rogers-based non-profit that provides assistance to military, law enforcement, fire, rescue and EMS services in need.

Primal Challenge – Promo video