Chickcharney Challenge set for Saturday

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Simba FrenchSend an emailJanuary 26, 2023 441 2 minute readFacebookTwitterLinkedInShare via Email

 The return of the Chichkcharney Challenge is set for this Saturday at Clifton Heritage Park. The elite start of the event is at 6:30 a.m. and a non-elite staggered start gets underway at 6:45 a.m.

The long-awaited return of the Chichkcharney Challenge, dubbed ‘The Return’, happens this Saturday after it was initially postponed from December 3, 2022.

The event, which is an obstacle course race, will be held at Clifton Heritage Park. This will be the seventh edition of the event. It features a three-mile course with 16 obstacles set to test participants’ endurance and strength.

The elite start is at 6.30 a.m. and a non-elite staggered start gets underway at 6.45 a.m.

The race usually features dedicated fitness enthusiasts, but it also appeals to persons who are looking to have fun. It usually attracts about 100 participants. Chickcharney Chirren Chief 

Executive Officer (CEO) Chester Robards is expecting that number to be doubled this weekend.

“People who have done the challenge before know the route and so this year we are changing the location of the starting line so that this time around we will be on the beach. That’s something new and a nice change which will give a really different feel to the event. We are also adding new obstacles that people have not seen before,” said Robards.

They are introducing a new timing system at this Saturday’s event.

“In previous years, there would simply be a clock running and whenever a participant crossed the finish line we would mark their time. We are aiming for greater accuracy this year with an NFC (Near Field Communication) race timing system and we will also be staggering the starts to ensure proper crowd control,” Robards said.

Obstacle course racing is one of the fastest growing segments in endurance sports globally. An official governing body – the International Obstacle Racing Federation (IORF) – was established nearly a decade ago to legitimize efforts to have obstacle course racing become an Olympic sport. Robards said that when that becomes a reality, he hopes to someday see a Chickcharney participant competing in the Olympics.

The event is being held in partnership with Clifton Heritage, with Colina Insurance as the lead sponsor. The cost to participate in the challenge is $70 for adults and $50 for persons under the age of 17. For groups of four or more participants, the cost is $65 per person and groups with participants ages 17 and under, the cost to participate is $45 per person. To register for the Chickcharney Challenge, interested persons are asked to go to the website

The last Chickcharney Challenge was held in Downtown Nassau in July 2019 and was dubbed ‘We Run This City’.

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