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Athletes will wind their way through trails and over obstacles in Saturday’s third annual Tribal Quest race.

The competition begins at 9 a.m., at Celebrate Virginia Live on Gordon W. Shelton Boulevard in Fredericksburg.

More than 600 people will run the course, with groups of 200 launching in 30-minute intervals.

Because of high demand, anyone who decides to participate at the last minute will be able to register on Saturday, said race director and co-owner Konrad Heller. Registration will open at 7 a.m., and will cost $105 by cash or check.

Those who want to participate should arrive no later than 8 a.m., to ensure time to register for the 9 a.m. start.

Spectators are invited to watch the grueling journey from start to finish at no charge. Parking nearby costs $5.

Proceeds from the day will benefit Friends of the Rappahannock and Operation Wounded Warrior, Heller said. Operation Wounded Warrior will be parachuting a veteran into the event to participate in the race.

Racers will trudge through a 5-mile course. They will encounter walls, cross the Rappahannock and swim through mud ditches among other obstacles, Heller said.

Every competitor who finishes the course will receive an award for overcoming the challenges of the difficult terrain. But only the top three men, three women and three teams will earn cash awards.

The team with the best spirit will take home a tribal statue. And in a contest of creativity and design, those who bring the best flags to the competition will also win a prize.

For spectators and racers alike, live music will provide entertainment during the event. A deejay and the live band Midnight Spaghetti will perform starting at noon.

Children will also get the opportunity to join the Tribal Quest fun in the Kids Quest race. Any child can join in on the fun for $5. Proceeds from the Kids Quest will benefit the Fredericksburg Rescue Squad.

For those who get hungry, food vendors will be selling a variety of lunch options. The race and festivities will last until about 2 p.m.

Katie Shepherd 540/374-5417


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