Obstacle No. 6: "The Berlin Wall." The 9-foot by 16-foot wall was divided into three sections, allowing three people to go over at a time. Several foot-holds were placed in the first section, a few in the second and none in the third, giving runners the option to get some assistance or do it the hard way.
Obstacle No. 7: "The Swamp Stomp." Right before the final uphill run to the finish line, competitors had to make it across the muddy pond under the watchful eye of the kayaking lifeguard. While a couple of runners chose to skirt the pond altogether, the rest jumped right in — walking, high-stepping or swimming their way to the other side.
"It was more than I thought it would be," said Lori Miller, part of a team consisting of YMCA members and instructors. "It was just a blast. We did the whole thing as a group — it was definietly a group effort. We even crossed the finish line holding hands."
Training beforehand was a group effort, too, as team members ran hills together, did push ups and worked out together at the YMCA.
And they all agreed the hardest part was the hill before the mud pit — it was like climbing a mountain in the middle of rural Iowa.
Which is probably why it's called the Survivor Challenge.