GAC Iowa
May 14th/15th, 2016


About The Gladiator Assault Challenge

Gladiator Assault Challenge is the Midwest's premier test of endurance, speed, agility, strength, mental stamina and your ability to withstand a crazy party afterward. The Gladiator Assault Challenge obstacle course is a series of challenging physical obstacles an individual or team must navigate. The 5 - 7 mile course will challenge you with  running, climbing, jumping, crawling and balancing elements with the aim of testing overall endurance.

All registered participants will receive a free Gladiator tee shirt, a free beer and admission into the pre and post after parties where there will be live rockin' music, DJ, grilled food, and lots of beer (must be 21 or older to consume alcoholic beverages).

Quick links to FAQ's and race day information:

Frequently asked Questions


Who can attend (AGE GROUP)?

Anyone who is up for the challenge and is at least 16 years of age on the day of the event is in! Each heat (except the Junior heat) will consist of participants from every age group starting with 16 and up.

Participants must be 16 years of age (on race day) to participate.  Kids 16-17 years old may participate with a signed waiver by a parent or guardian.

Junior Gladiator Heat

Want to run with your kids?  Juniors 10-16 can run with their parents in a special heat.  Kids can experience a 4+ mile mud run with 20-30 obstacles their parents. 

What do I get?

Participant Swag:
All participants will receive the following swag with their entry.

Gladiator Assault Challenge finisher t-shirt
Gladiator Leather Cuff
Post-race fruit and water
Gladiator Assault Challenge race bib
One complimentary beer provided by Gladiator Assault Challenge. 
*Must be legal drinking age.*

Addition: Gladiator merchandise is available to purchase at the events.  Show everyone how badass you are by sporting some serious Gladiator swag!  Our shirts, sweatshirts, caps and water bottles make great gifts for you, your family or your friends…. Not to mention they won’t be covered in mud!

Can I wear a costume?

Yes, anything but your birthday suit.  Shoes are required!

How much is it?

Register early for the lowest price per participant.  As the event date approaches the event date, the registration fee increases.

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The Course


Heats up to 250 participants will start every 20 minutes. Participants are responsible for knowing their wave time. Please let us know if you change your start time, it alters your finish time.

9:00am to 1:00pm
1:30pm (Junior/Family Heat)

9:00am to 11:00pm
11:30pm (Junior/Family Heat)

Large Teams

Large teams and company challenges consisting of 15+ participants will qualify for a team discount.  Please contact for a group code. 

Heat Time changes and transfers

There will be a limited number of registrations (walk-ins) accepted on-site based on availability.   Please register in advance.  All requests to modify registration detail, transfer events or participants must be submitted to .


Sorry, no refunds. We understand that things happen and we are happy to transfer your registration to another person of your choice.  We have an easy transfer policy with no extra fees but we also have a strict no refund policy.   To request a participant transfer please e-mail

Do I have to pay to park?

Yes. All vehicles will need to pay for event parking at all parking sites for each event.  The host site will collect $5 - $10 (depending on the host site) cash only parking fee.  So, please carpool, if possible.

How long is it?

The Gladiator Course varies depending on the host site.  Typical GAC course's are 6-7 miles long and contain 20 to 30 obstacles.

Can I skip an obstacle because I don’t feel confident?

Yes, GAC asks that each participant makes their own personal risk assessment before each obstacle.  GAC is all about having fun, testing your skills & limits and camaraderie with fellow Gladiators.

What should I wear?

Lightweight layers based on the outdoor temperature.  Fast drying and breathable fabrics are best.  Some Gladiators wear gloves or tape to protect their hands.  Avoid cotton which absorbs moisture and mud.  Athletic shoes should fit snug so you don't lose one in the deep mud partway through the course.

Do I need to be able to swim?

No, If you can't swim and do not feel confident with a water obstacle, you may go around.

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The Day of the Gladiator Assault

When and where do I pick up my packet?

Packet pick-up will be available at the race site on race day. Once on site, please proceed to the registration tents (marked) at least one hour prior to your start time to pickup your registration packet. 

Both a signed waiver and photo ID are required to pick up your race packet.  If you are picking up for another participant, a copy of their photo ID and signed waiver are required. Sorry no exceptions.

Be sure to allow enough time to check in (e.g. parking, packet pick-up, bag drop, etc.) before your start time. We recommend participants arrive at least one hour before their start time.

What should I bring?

Bring a photo i.d. (required) and change of clothes. Bring a good attitude and be ready to have a kick-ass time!  Please leave at home any firearms and weapons.

Where do I put my stuff (bag drop)?

Bag check will be available at each race site to store you bag.  Your assigned race bib number will be your bag check number.  Please make sure all contents are secured inside the bag.  Also, bring a bag that you don’t mind getting dirty and closes completely.

Are there showers facilities available?


GAC will have showers, bathrooms and changing tents available to rinse off and change at each event.  They are located near the finish chute. There's a good chance you will be dirty!

How do I get drinking water during the race?

During the event there will be water stations setup approximately every 1.5 miles along the course. Water and fruit will be available after you cross the finish line and available throughout the course.

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Is there an entry fee for spectators?

The spectator fee is $10 per event. There will be viewing areas for spectators all over the course. Come and cheer on your Gladiator!! Click Here to register as a spectator!

Do I have to pay to park?

There will be a $5 - $10 (cash) car parking fee collected at each site. Please carpool, if possible!

Can I bring my pet?

No, pets are not allowed!

Can I take pictures?

Yes, please take all the photos and video that you can. Then post them to our Facebook or Twitter pages!

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Race Day Instructions

Step One

Parking:  The host site will be collecting a $5- $10 (cash) car parking fee at each site. Please carpool, if possible!

Step Two

You will NOT be able to race without completing this process!

The registration (packet pickup) will be on the premises and easy to find.

Your packet will include your race bib, bag, wristbands and sweet Gladiator tee shirt.

Registration Tent: Once on the host site property, please proceed to the registration tent at least one hour prior to your start time to pick up your registration packet.  Our lawyers require that we have every participant sign our mandatory “life” waiver. Anything fun always has a “life” waiver!  Please be at the starting gates 30 minutes before your start time.

For Family or Friends Picking up your packet: They will need Their photo ID (REQUIRED, whether it’s your Gladiator, bro, sis or cuz, cuz we said so!)

A copy of the registered Gladiator’s ID

Signed letter authorizing them to pick up your packet (Really…. just easier if you do this yourself).

The signed copy of the Participants Waiver (can be found on the Event Details Page for each event).

Don’t like long lines, Bring your waiver signed (get the Waiver on the Event Details Page for each event).

Step Three

Drop and Go:  After registration utilize our free Drop & Go tent located next to registration.  We will bag and store your stuff while you get your ass kicked on the assault course!

Step Four

Head to the race start!!

What to Bring:

Athletic shoes & clothes that you’re willing to get down-right muddy.

Change of clothes unless you like being a dirty Gladiator!

Extra money for parking, beer, food and apparel.

Spectators to brag to and share in your Epic Day (you know…..your own personal fan club)!    A camera or GoPro to help capture your “wild ass time!” Then send us your pics/vid and we’ll post your action on our totally rockin’ Facebook Page! Click Here to register as a spectator!

Clothing: We recommend you wear lightweight apparel that dries quickly and doesn’t bind your buttocks!   Bring a change of clothes for after the event so you can enjoy the post-race party.  We will store your change-of-clothes in our Drop and Go tent during your run.  Some Gladiators wear thin gloves or they tape their fingers/hands for protection.

Shoes: Try to wear normal running shoes that fit snug.  You don’t want to loose a shoe in the deep mud halfway through the course!  Most participants donate their muddy shoes (after the event) to our local charity.

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Party Central


Mud, sweat and beer! Don’t even think about leaving after your run.  After conquering Gladiator Assault Challenge stay and join us for the “Gladiator Party Central” featuring great beer, music, grilled food, loose chatter and mud covered bodies!

 Participants 21 years of age and older will receive one free beer with their entry in the “Finish Chute”.  Additional beer will be available for purchase at the concession stand.


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