Local woman competes in Spartan Race

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Local Valerie Lofton (center) and her team with their earned medals.

Special to The Sun
Published: Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 05:11 PM.

The Spartan Race has been called "the world's toughest race."

One local woman took up the challenge last weekend when she competed in and finished the Spartan Race in Charlotte , N.C.

The race earned its name due to the obstacles each participant must conquer over the course's 3-plus miles. This particular course was 5 miles, which Valerie Lofton was not aware of until she got there.

But, it didn't matter at that point, she said, as she was going to do it.

Lofton traveled to Charlotte to meet her brother, his girlfriend, a friend of his, and her 13-year-old niece to make up their team. At 54, Lofton was the elder member of her team. Their team name was Coast 2 Coast since her brother and his girlfriend came from Seattle, Lofton from Florida and her niece and brother's friend from South Carolina .

Over the course of three hours, all were required to run, jump, climb, roll, and crawl over, under, around, and through various obstacles, most of which were filled with mud or muddy, slushy water.

Why would a woman want to do such a thing?

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