Photo Courtesy of Cleveland State Recreation Services

Viking Quest participants will be put to the test with various challenges that require teamwork and focus on speed, agility, strength and cooperation.


April 19, 2016

Viking Quest promotes fitness

Viking Quest, an obstacle course race, is returning to Cleveland State University’s campus with new challenges for students, members of the Rec and the public this Saturday, April 23 at 9 a.m.

Anyone 18 years and older can compete in the 2-mile run in teams of four or sign up as a free agent to be placed on a team.

Angie Kirila, this year’s race director, said she is excited to add in her own elements to the fairly new event.

“As part of my graduate supervisor role in campus recreation, I was challenged to plan a spring event,” Kirila said. “After participating in last year’s race, I couldn’t wait to start planning the 2016 race.”

As a former cross country runner and competitor in the Spartan Race and triathlons, Kirila is no stranger to competition. However, she said that Viking Quest is nothing to be fearful of.

“The course involves 10 obstacles that require teamwork, speed and agility, and strength,” Kirila said.

“However, all levels of fitness will be able to complete the race and have a great time doing it together.”

Although she didn’t want to give away all of the details of the race, the obstacles will require physical involvement and having fun while being challenged to work together.

“My favorite obstacle is currently being built,” Kirila said. “It’s a 4-foot wall participants will climb over.”

In her planning, her main goals included keeping it affordable for the best turnout and getting prizes donated.

“There will be post-race activities and 7 awards handed out for a variety of categories, like most creative name,” Kirila said. “Last year, my team won the best dressed award for wearing extra-large Hawaiian shirts throughout the entire race.”

The first 100 people to sign up also get a free t-shirt and a swag bag, and the race costs $6 for students, $12 for members of the Rec Center and $15 for non-members.

More information and a link to register can be found on or volunteer by emailing Angie directly at


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