Preparation for Rugged Maniac underway at Boone Hall Plantation

RAW: Charleston takes on Rugged Maniac at Boone Hall Plantation

MT. PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - Obstacle assembly is underway at Boone Hall Plantation as Rugged Maniac readies for its return to the Lowcountry this weekend.

The Rugged Maniac 5K Adventure Race will kick off its 2015 season on Saturday with a race at Boone Hall Plantation. The 3.1-mile course winds through the woody and muddy terrain of Boone Hall Plantation, and will feature 25 obstacles sprinkled throughout.

Stuart Wall, Race Director with Rugged Maniac, says crews arrived at the Mt. Pleasant location Saturday, February 28 with a couple semi trucks packed full of lumber, rope, and other equipment to begin prep for the race.

First, a project manager scouted the course to decide where to send runners and where to place the obstacles. With the course designed, crews got to work creating muddy water pits and assembling the massive obstacles.

Boone Hall Plantation is no stranger to Rugged Maniac. The historic site hosted the third race in Rugged Maniac's history back in 2011, and has been on the schedule every year since.

"We've been here before," said Wall, "but we are always looking to improve things, make thing different."

Part of making this year's race different than the past four is adding new obstacles. The race at Boone Hall will feature four brand new obstacles, including the dreaded Ringer.

The Ringer, which Wall nonchalantly describes as "difficult," is a ring cross - think monkey bars but with hanging gymnastic rings - over water. And it falls near the end of the course, making it that much harder to successfully complete.

"That one really tests your upper body strength, and you will see a lot of people splashing down into the water below after falling from the rings," Wall said.

And there will be no shortage of people to take the plunge.

Wall says they expect to have 3,500 participants come race day, with an additional 500 or so spectators lining the course to cheer on their friends. The heats will begin at 10 a.m. with about 250 runners hitting the course every 15 minutes until around 1:30 p.m.

The race concludes with a day-long festival, complete with a mechanical bull, adult bounce houses, beer, and more.

Online registration is sold out, but Wall says race day registration will be available. For more information on registration, click here.

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