Hell in the Harbour

Hamilton ventured into the world of endurance racing with the first Hell in the Harbour event, held at Bayfront Park Saturday morning. Over 400 competitors signed up, both individually and in teams, to test themselves in a 6.5k run, with rope walls, tires, and other obstacles to test their mettle. It was a success; organizers promise to be back next year, bigger and better. And the best part? It supports Special Olympics. Here’s a look at the ‘action’. – Barry Gray

Hamilton. Ontario, Saturday, June 13, 2015 - First Hell in the Harbour 6.5k endurance obstacle race, to support Special Olympics. Event held at Bayfront Park attracted around 400 participants, both individual and teams. Brian Azzopardi steps through the tires. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Saturday, June 13, 2015 – First Hell in the Harbour 6.5k endurance obstacle race, to support Special Olympics. Event held at Bayfront Park attracted around 400 participants, both individual and teams. Brian Azzopardi steps through the tires. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Saturday, June 13, 2015 - First Hell in the Harbour 6.5k endurance obstacle race, to support Special Olympics. Event held at Bayfront Park attracted around 400 participants, both individual and teams. A little clowning around on the rope wall. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Saturday, June 13, 2015 – First Hell in the Harbour 6.5k endurance obstacle race, to support Special Olympics. Event held at Bayfront Park attracted around 400 participants, both individual and teams. A little clowning around on the rope wall. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Saturday, June 13, 2015 - First Hell in the Harbour 6.5k endurance obstacle race, to support Special Olympics. Event held at Bayfront Park attracted around 400 participants, both individual and teams. Hamilton police chief Glenn DeCaire helps his teammates up a steep wall. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Saturday, June 13, 2015 – First Hell in the Harbour 6.5k endurance obstacle race, to support Special Olympics. Event held at Bayfront Park attracted around 400 participants, both individual and teams. Hamilton police chief Glenn DeCaire helps his teammates up a steep wall. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Saturday, June 13, 2015 - First Hell in the Harbour 6.5k endurance obstacle race, to support Special Olympics. Event held at Bayfront Park attracted around 400 participants, both individual and teams. A competitor gets hung up atop the rope wall because she was afraid of heights. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Saturday, June 13, 2015 – First Hell in the Harbour 6.5k endurance obstacle race, to support Special Olympics. Event held at Bayfront Park attracted around 400 participants, both individual and teams. A competitor gets hung up atop the rope wall because she was afraid of heights. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Saturday, June 13, 2015 - First Hell in the Harbour 6.5k endurance obstacle race, to support Special Olympics. Event held at Bayfront Park attracted around 400 participants, both individual and teams. Bailey Foster, 6, and brother Drake, 4, offer support for their mom. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Saturday, June 13, 2015 – First Hell in the Harbour 6.5k endurance obstacle race, to support Special Olympics. Event held at Bayfront Park attracted around 400 participants, both individual and teams. Bailey Foster, 6, and brother Drake, 4, offer support for their mom. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Saturday, June 13, 2015 - First Hell in the Harbour 6.5k endurance obstacle race, to support Special Olympics. Event held at Bayfront Park attracted around 400 participants, both individual and teams. Jon Ryan, needing both hands to climb the rope wall, uses his mouth to carry his water bottle while climbing. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Saturday, June 13, 2015 – First Hell in the Harbour 6.5k endurance obstacle race, to support Special Olympics. Event held at Bayfront Park attracted around 400 participants, both individual and teams. Jon Ryan, needing both hands to climb the rope wall, uses his mouth to carry his water bottle while climbing. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Saturday, June 13, 2015 - First Hell in the Harbour 6.5k endurance obstacle race, to support Special Olympics. Event held at Bayfront Park attracted around 400 participants, both individual and teams. The 'Shenani-Gators' a team of Peel Region police officers, led by captain Ryan MacBean, centre, cross the finish line hand in hand. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Saturday, June 13, 2015 – First Hell in the Harbour 6.5k endurance obstacle race, to support Special Olympics. Event held at Bayfront Park attracted around 400 participants, both individual and teams. The ‘Shenani-Gators’ a team of Peel Region police officers, led by captain Ryan MacBean, centre, cross the finish line hand in hand. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Saturday, June 13, 2015 - First Hell in the Harbour 6.5k endurance obstacle race, to support Special Olympics. Event held at Bayfront Park attracted around 400 participants, both individual and teams. Leah MacQuire (sp. is correct) looks for some help to get up a wall. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Saturday, June 13, 2015 – First Hell in the Harbour 6.5k endurance obstacle race, to support Special Olympics. Event held at Bayfront Park attracted around 400 participants, both individual and teams. Leah MacQuire looks for some help to get up a wall. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Saturday, June 13, 2015 - First Hell in the Harbour 6.5k endurance obstacle race, to support Special Olympics. Event held at Bayfront Park attracted around 400 participants, both individual and teams. The 'Nucleus Neon 5' pose for a photo. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Saturday, June 13, 2015 – First Hell in the Harbour 6.5k endurance obstacle race, to support Special Olympics. Event held at Bayfront Park attracted around 400 participants, both individual and teams. The ‘Nucleus Neon 5’ pose for a photo. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Saturday, June 13, 2015 - First Hell in the Harbour 6.5k endurance obstacle race, to support Special Olympics. Event held at Bayfront Park attracted around 400 participants, both individual and teams. Robert Clarke uses a rope to pull himself up a steep wall.  Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Saturday, June 13, 2015 – First Hell in the Harbour 6.5k endurance obstacle race, to support Special Olympics. Event held at Bayfront Park attracted around 400 participants, both individual and teams. Robert Clarke uses a rope to pull himself up a steep wall. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Saturday, June 13, 2015 - First Hell in the Harbour 6.5k endurance obstacle race, to support Special Olympics. Event held at Bayfront Park attracted around 400 participants, both individual and teams. Jonathan Bedard, nearing the end, runs through the water and comes to the 'swans and their babies' obstacle on the beach. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Saturday, June 13, 2015 – First Hell in the Harbour 6.5k endurance obstacle race, to support Special Olympics. Event held at Bayfront Park attracted around 400 participants, both individual and teams. Jonathan Bedard, nearing the end, runs through the water and comes to the ‘swans and their babies’ obstacle on the beach. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Saturday, June 13, 2015 - First Hell in the Harbour 6.5k endurance obstacle race, to support Special Olympics. Event held at Bayfront Park attracted around 400 participants, both individual and teams. The first wave of cempetitors is up and over the first obstacle wall. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Saturday, June 13, 2015 – First Hell in the Harbour 6.5k endurance obstacle race, to support Special Olympics. Event held at Bayfront Park attracted around 400 participants, both individual and teams. The first wave of competitors is up and over the first obstacle wall. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Saturday, June 13, 2015 - First Hell in the Harbour 6.5k endurance obstacle race, to support Special Olympics. Event held at Bayfront Park attracted around 400 participants, both individual and teams. Competitors run through the tire obstacle. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Saturday, June 13, 2015 – First Hell in the Harbour 6.5k endurance obstacle race, to support Special Olympics. Event held at Bayfront Park attracted around 400 participants, both individual and teams. Competitors run through the tire obstacle. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

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