The Rat Snake is a physical and mental challenge honoring a great manDr. Ken Stalter. Ken inspired many people by his personal example. That example? Pushing himself to be the very best he could be at all endeavors, with no help, with no exceptions. This challenge is a tribute to him and his unique drive to succeed. Through this challenge, you will be given the opportunity to imitate his determination. Because of these attributes, Ken made everything seem possible no matter how hard the race/challenge was that he entered and he instilled this feeling to all who came into contact with him. Do not be intimidated by anything this challenge throws at you as the point of this weekend is to remember a great man who loved a good challenge just to finish it. And you will see, as all of us who have been inspired by Ken have seen, that the feeling of completing these kinds of challenges are what Ken was all about. Perpetual forward movement was always his advice. Here is YOUR chance to experience that
There will be a CHOICE of 3 DIFFERENT challenges for all competitors on May 18th, race day. First, you can test yourself in this uniquely styled reverse triathlon (The Full Rat Snake). Or, running specialists can pick the 18K trail race (The Rat) that will challenge your back-country running skills in Gilbert Lake State Parks nature trails, as a stand alone race. Lastly, you may enter a team of 3 competitors of any gender or combination of gender. All races will be totally self supported. With the choice of the race being run in a reverse triathlon format, being run as a stand alone trail run, or working to complete the challenge as a team, there being a fairly challenging course, and with the challenge being totally self supported, it will truly be a testimony to Kens spirit; a race in which you can fully participate.