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Want to challenge yourself?

There’s still time to sign up for this weekend’s Tribal Quest, an adventurous event where competitors will swim through mud, crawl under barbed wire and endure other challenges during a roughly 5-mile obstacle course at Celebrate Virginia in Fredericksburg.

Nearly 700 people have signed up to race so far, said Konrad Heller, one of Tribal Quest’s organizers. The deadline to register is Wednesday at 11:59 p.m.

This is the first year for the race, which Heller and two other local fitness buffs—John Garman and Adam Eidson—hope will become an annual event. The trio organized Tribal Quest as a way to challenge and unite athletes, outdoor enthusiasts and others looking for an invigorating way to spend a Saturday.

The race starts at 9 a.m. Saturday (July 21), with competitors heading out at staggered times throughout the morning. People can compete individually or as part of a team.

“You will be pushed beyond your comfort zone,” the event’s website says.

To register and learn more about Tribal Quest, including where to park and what to expect from the course, visit

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