The Tuscaloosa Gauntlet, "The South's Premiere Military Style Obstacle Course Race," is returning to the Druid City for the second year this weekend.

The Gauntlet includes competitive, non-competitive and team options for men, women and children and spans roughly the same length as a typical 5K race and includes 20+ obstacles, and a United States Marine Corps regulation obstacle course.

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Lee Busby, the treasurer of the Alabama Marines Foundation and a Tuscaloosa City Council member, said that the Gauntlet is a "physically demanding challenge" that will give participants a "festive, fast-paced, muddy" experience.

The Alabama Marines Foundation uses The Tuscaloosa Gauntlet as its major fundraiser. Registration, which is available through the Tuscaloosa Gauntlet website, will remain open until race day, and requires a fee that increases daily until the race this weekend.

Registration fees include parking, a t-shirt and a participant medal, as well as an opportunity to compete for a 3-D printed trophy with the namesake of the competition as a grand prize.

The money raised from fees goes toward supporting wounded warriors and student veteran organizations at The University of Alabama, Stillman College and Auburn University.

The competition will be held this Saturday at 8 a.m. Packet pick-up for pre-registered competitors will be held at the District Room in downtown Tuscaloosa from 4 p.m. until 7 Friday or on-site at the Buddy Powell Pavilion on race day.

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