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Clark brings Gladiator Rock Dan Clark, 44, was Nitro on the original Gladiators TV show.

When he was younger he was a football star at Saddleback high school and Santa oakley official Ana College, and briefly a Los Angeles Ram. He now organized the Gladiator Rock Run, an adventure discount oakleys run with lots of mud and obstacles, which comes to Irvine on Dec. 4. are tired of doing another 5K, 10K, half marathon, Clark says. tired of the same thing. People want more adventure, they want more excitement. want to feel like a gladiator for a day, and this speaks to that. so Clark, who grew up in Orange County, started with the basic idea of a mud run, crossed it with an obstacle course, amped it up with all the stunts and challenges Nitro once performed on TV, until now the inaugural Gladiator Rock run is set to roar to life in Irvine on Saturday. (See the slide show above for photos and a Register profile on Clark from 2009.) People will crawl through mud. They lug 40 pound bags of rice and race 40 yards to drop at the feet of a giant Buddha. Skid Marks is the name he gave the slide down the muddy hill into the muddy pond (and trust us, you don want to know what he originally considered calling it). Clark says he expects somewhere between 4,000 and 5,000 to participate, with contestants falling into three main categories. are the guys and girls who go out there and want to be the fastest, he says. a personal conquest. Then there the largest group, groups from the office, from the gym, frats and sororities, who want to go out and have a fun activity for the day. third group are people who are just in their forties, early fifties, who are out there saying, know what? I still got it. I going to do this. don have to be the biggest or the fastest, all you have to do is do the best you can, Clark says of the event that will travel to other cities around the country in 2011. with contestants scheduled into different time slots over the first part of the day. Those who don want to run the 5K course can come out to watch, listen to the bands that will play through out the day, or compete in a costume contest for Oakley sunglasses and gift packs from the Vitamin Shoppe, a sponsor of the event. You can also just show up to play gladiator games there a jousting ring, sumo suit wrestling, team mud tug of war for a fee. All the game fees and part of the race fees will go to the Epilepsy Foundation of Los Angeles, a charity Clark has been involved with since his best friend daughter was born with severe complications from the illness. me, she beautiful, Clark says of Alex Boyer, the girl who inspired the charitable component of the day. me she the real gladiator, and I wanted to create something that would honor her. the finish of the race, everyone gets a free beer (or Muscle Milk, if that your drink), a plastic bag for their dirty (or ruined) clothes, and a chance to spray off as much of the damage as you can. Peter Larsen has been the Pop Culture Reporter for the Orange County Register since 2004, finally achieving the neat trick of getting paid to report and write about the stuff he's obsessed about pretty much all his life. He grew up, in order, in California, Arkansas, Kentucky and Oregon. Graduated from Lewis sunglasses like oakleys and Clark College in Portland, Ore. with degrees in English and Communications. Earned a master's degree at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. Earned his first newspaper paycheck at the Belleville (Ill.) News Democrat, fled the Midwest for Los Angeles Daily News and finally ended up at the Orange County Register. He's taught one or two classes a semester in the journalism and mass communications department at Cal State Long Beach since 2006. Somehow managed to get a lovely lady to marry him, and sale oakley sunglasses outlet with her have two daughters.

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