Woman creates obstacle course to challenge all 'Vikings'

June 30, 2016 07:00 PM

GREENVILLE - Forget those intense physical challenge shows on television. A local woman has an obstacle course she would love for you to try.

No, it's not the show “American Ninja Warrior,” it's the Viking Obstacle Course, located about 45 minutes outside of Albany.

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Here, participants move so quickly that their physical fitness on obstacles like the Norse polls defy reason.

The idea for the course belongs to Tinker Nicholson Pachter.

“It really is a huge sport. Now that you've been exposed to it, you're going to hear it everywhere now,” noted Pachter.

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Her family runs Sunny Hill Golf Course and Resort in Greenville. The layout for the 600-acre site reminds you of the movie, “Dirty Dancing” and has been in the family for nearly 100 years.

This year we were voted, “Top 10 Best All-Inclusive” by “Parent's Magazine,” Pachter pointed out.

In 2012, she came up with the idea of adding the obstacle course. A year later, the 5-mile course with 45 obstacles was created just in time for the first “Viking Obstacle Race.”

“I love this. This is like being a kid again,” beamed John Guastella, an obstacle course racer. “You get to do running, do all of these obstacles. It’s fantastic.” noted John Guastella, one of the obstacle course racers.

“It’s hard work that's why its popular. People want to challenge themselves,” explained Chris Chmielewski, another obstacle course racer.

You don't have to be a racer to enjoy the course. Some use it as a training facility.

More information:

Sunny Hill: Viking Obstacle Course


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