Overcoming obstacles

Kristina Willis jumps from the hurdle during the Gorilla Dash on Saturday, April 28. Photo by:Srikanth Korlapati/Collegio

Kristina Willis jumps from the hurdle during the Gorilla Dash on Saturday, April 28. Photo by:Srikanth Korlapati/Collegio


The Pittsburg State University ROTC senior class hosted the Gorilla Dash on Saturday, April 28, at the PSU Baja Course. The event consisted of a 5-kilometer obstacle course with obstacles strewn throughout the trek. Entrants competed as pairs or in teams of five to seven. Each category had three divisions: male, female and co-ed. During the race, teams encountered hurdles, rope bridges, wall-jumps, tire flips, mud pits and even had to pull a Humvee.
Kole Giles says ROTC hopes to make it an annual event because of its success. Around 90 people who weren’t cadets participated, and they donated $500 to Wesley House of Pittsburg.
“We wanted to create a capstone event to set our class apart and for it to be a health and wellness event for the community,” said Giles, senior in business. “Next year we might increase the distance and make the obstacles a little harder, though.”

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