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Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office - 2900 University Parkway, Lawrenceville, GA 30043 - ph. 770-619-6500


The Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office Jail Break Challenge is a challenging, full 5k obstacle run designed to challenge athletes of all levels.

Returning athletes will be surprised to find some new elements to the course, and first-time runners should expect to be pushed to the full limits of their abilities.  Start training now if you want to conquer this one-of-a-kind obstacle run around the campus of the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office.

Let’s take a minute to tour the Jail Break Challenge Course.

This year’s course starts with a short, mixed terrain run and leads to a 50 Yd. Sandbag Carry .  Now that the runner’s shoulders and legs are in full burn, they will be faced with a lengthy trail run that will have multiple natural and man-made obstacles to negotiate.  Runners will face narrow trail sections, creek jumps, fences, multiple types of surface terrain, and possibly  an “escaping inmate.”  As the course nears the halfway point the runners will emerge from the trees and face an approximately 1 mile hard-surface run as they work their way down Wimberly Way and onto the jail’s Perimeter Road.  This might be a good time to recover some strength, because the biggest challenges are still ahead.  

After circling the jail, runners will dive back into the woods for the final trail section which incorporates some rapid elevation changes that can zap what little energy is left.  After battling through nearly 5k worth of trails, hills, creeks, and obstacles, the runners will emerge from the trees to face one of the most challenging Military-Style Obstacle Courses the general public will ever attempt.  If they make it this far, the runners can easily call themselves “an athlete,” but completing the Obstacle Course gives justification to upgrade to the title of  “extreme athlete.”  

A 2-story tall, 45-degree rope climb will get their shoulders and arms burning again, and leave them battling to conquer The Attic Jump that follows.  A few obstacles later the runners will reach a 20 ft tall A-Frame.  It may look simple, but the distance between the rungs will challenge average height runners to get their feet from one to the next without having to jump.  Multiple tube crawls and agility challenges will follow as the runners work their way towards the Cargo Net Climb.  The runners will struggle not to fall into the murky water under the Balance Logs as they battle their way towards the Rope Climb.  At this point the runners will feel like they weigh 500 lbs as they try to ring the bell  at the top of the 16’ rope.  With their arms feeling like jelly, they still must face the Agility Bars, Military Rope Crossing, and a vertical 8’ wall.  As they stagger to the finish, they can take pride in completing one of the most extreme 5k runs on the planet.