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Knuckle Buster Obstacle Challenge

Sat July 15, 2023 Niehart, MT 59465 US Directions


Trail Run

7:30AM MDT - 2:30PM MDT
Open to ages 16+.

Competitive Individual Heat (Male)

7:45AM MDT - 2:30PM MDT
Open to ages 16+.

Competitive Individual Heat (Female)

8:00AM MDT - 2:30PM MDT
Open to ages 16+.

Non-Competitive Individual Heat

8:15AM MDT - 2:30PM MDT
Open to ages 16+.

Team Heat

8:30AM MDT - 2:30PM MDT
Open to ages 16+.

Open Heat

10:45AM MDT - 2:30PM MDT

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2850 US Hwy 89
Niehart, MT US 59465


Montana Vet Program and Showdown Montana will host the third annual KNUCKLE BUSTER OBSTACLE CHALLENGE Saturday, July 16th, 2022. The obstacle course consists of a 3-mile run over Showdown Montana’s iconic ski slopes with 15 to 20 obstacles ranging from rope climbs to mud pits.




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Facts & Questions

                                                        GET TO KNOW US!

The KBOC is an outdoor obstacle challenge put on annually by the Montana Vet Program and hosted by Showdown MT. The KBOC does two things: First, it raises money to support the Montana Vet Program’s (MVP) and our mission, and, second, the KBOC provides its runners with an opportunity for self-growth, team comradery, and an opportunity to test their mettle.

                                               What is the Montana Vet Program?

A registered non-profit, that provides Veteran Led Therapeutic Adventure Trips to struggling Veterans in order to promote healing through: comradery, physical activity, adventure, and tough-minded healing.


When & Where is the KBOC:

July 15th, 2023. The KBOC is held at Showdown Montana, google maps will bring you right there!

Describe the KBOC:

The KBOC is a 3 to 5-mile obstacle course spread out over Showdown’s iconic ski slopes with 15-20 obstacles that range from mud pits to rope climbs. The layout of the course and obstacles change every year. Each year the course remains a mystery to the participants. The only thing they know to expect is the course will always be different and harder.

What types of Runs does KBOC offer? 

Our most famous is the Obstacle Challenge: these are Team heats (5-person, coed, & will be REQUIRED to carry a Pig Egg)
Individual heats: (Competitive & Non-competitive)
Trail Run: Run the course and bypass the obstacles

What is a “Pig-Egg”?

The term “Pig Egg” comes from the Marine Corps Scout Sniper Community. Its purpose is to incur pain to teach the Marine suffering and lessons in understanding resilience. MVP’s Pig Egg is 75lbs. and is full of the 7,054 Dog-Tags from the men and women who honorably gave their lives, which accompanies the Veteran Team Leaders on all therapeutic trips. The KBOC’s Pig Eggs are also 75 pounds and full of sand. During the team event, five-person teams collectively carry their Pig Egg through the entire course and over all obstacles.

Are their prizes?

Absolutely! 1st place Pig Egg heat winners will receive a check for $1000 and a trophy! In both, the Men's and Women's heats 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places receive $100, $50, and $25 cash prizes.



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