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Fourth annual Goliath Challenge set for May 30

Participants in last year’s Goliath Challenge make their way across the water. (Submitted photo)

The fourth annual Goliath Challenge set for May 30 at the Badlands Sno-park in Hudson

Mark Kretschmer, Goliath Challenge 5K and 2.5K family obstacle race organizer, said proceeds from the event will again be donated to Feed My Starving Children. To date, $68,000 has been raised and donated to the nonprofit.

Trinity Lutheran Church of Hudson is sponsoring this event that will feature both adult and kids race routes. Live bands, FMSC “Market Place,” inflatables, hay rides and concessions will add to the family friendly atmosphere of the day.

“The event features obstacles, mud, dirt, water…pure family friendly fun with a healthy challenge,” said Kretschmer. “And all for a great cause!”

Last year’s race raised $27,300 for Feed My Starving Children which equals 124,090 meals. Race organizers are hoping this year’s race can raise enough funds for 180,000 meals.

As of April 1, there are 725 registrations. Last year at this time there were 320.

“We couldn’t be happier with the excitement and support surrounding this event,” said Kretschmer. “With the increase in popularity of the race, comes the concern over the number of volunteers needed to have the day go smoothly and safety. Our biggest areas of need are in helping with obstacle construction, general preparation in the evenings just prior to the event, and help the day of the event. 

Anyone interested in helping should contact Mark or Kim Kretschmer at (763) 222-7650.

Organizers are also looking for corporate sponsorships.

To learn more about the Goliath Challenge and register for the race go