CORTLAND, N.Y. - Racers are preparing to run, grip, swing, climb, and crawl across the face of Greek Peak this weekend.
The Spartan Greek Peak Sprint is making its return visit to the ski resort in Cortland County on Saturday.
The sprint is the entry-level format of the Spartan races, with competitors covering three and a half miles and scaling 23 obstacles including the Rope Climb, Spear Throw, Sandbag Carry, Bucket Brigade, and Inverted Wall.
Race Director Chris Tallant says the steep ski runs, cold temperatures and slippery snow and ice make for additional obstacles as well.
Tallant says nearly 4,500 runners will take up the challenge.
"While you're going through the race you might be going, 'Aw, it's cold, this is horrible.' But as soon as you cross that finish line, it's just that achievement. You get that adrenaline rush from that achievement from doing something that probably in the beginning, you didn't know that you possibly could do," said Tallant.
This is the second year in a row that Greek Peak has hosted the only wintertime Spartan race in North America.
Racers can still register online at spartan.com or day of the race.
Fees range from $129 to $144.
The elite runners go off at 9:00 a.m. and the open class at 10:30 a.m.
Spectators can watch for $20.
The ski resort will remain open with the Odyssey and Olympian runs closed for the race.