Individual athletes gathered with Team athletes for dinner, and you guessed it … more event announcements.
Then, teams were introduced to another new piece of equipment—the Pig, a large loadable, metal frame that can be flipped like a tractor tire. We will first see the Pig used in the Team Burden Run on Friday morning.
All six team members will start with a 2.1-mile run, then flip the Pig 100 yards—50 yards for women, add weight, then another 50 yards for the men. To end, teams will pick up the Worm and carry it 650 yards.
Following the Burden Run is the Team Iditarod. Broken up into three scored events, the Iditarod is pulled from a harness by two team members at a time, similar to a dog sled. All 43 teams will go at once. A male and female member of the team will pull the sled, weighted with 135 lbs., 66 yards to the finish line. This is one scored event. Sleds are pulled back, 45 lbs. is added, and a new male and female from each team pulls the sled 66 yards. The third event adds another 45 lbs. for the final two team members.
Individuals also got a treat with the announcement of their own Burden Run. After running 2.1 miles, athletes will flip the Pig 100 yards. Then, with a log in tow, they will run another 600 yards to the South end of the soccer field. Finally, they'll drag the Iditarod 66 yards. Athletes will have have 40 minutes to complete this event.