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Do you think you can run to the top of Terry Peak?

Published: Sep. 19, 2020 at 12:46 PM CDT
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LEAD, S.D. (KOTA) - The first-ever Orthopeak 5K run requires runners to race to the top of Terry Peak. And runners Jordynn Mutchler and Savannah Koletzky were excited.

“I’m pretty excited, it’s really nice out so I think the weather going to help a lot. I was afraid it was going to be too cold but I think it will make it less treacherous," says Mutchler.

Runners had the option of choosing a 2.5-mile route or a 3.3-mile route.. both steep to get to the top.

“I’m pretty excited actually. I’m excited to get to the top and see how I feel afterward. I think that’s what’s the excitement for me is the challenge of it," says Koletzky.

More than 50 people registered to take on the challenge hosted by Monument Health’s Orthopedic and Specialty Hospital.

Organizers also staggered runners in heats to spread runners out.

“For safety and distancing, we’re going to run them in waves of 10 and space them out in between," says Director of Muscular Skeletal Services at Monument Health Michael Latour.

Once out on the course, runners will be able to see beautiful scenery and a great view from the top.

“Thought it might be a fun thing, have a run, get people out, do something a little bit healthy, stay outside," says Latour.

And the best part, runners get to take the chairlift back down.

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