It’s described as a monster. Daunting. The ultimate test. It’s Nasty Nick.
Typically, only U.S. Army Special Forces Soldiers or those going through the Special Forces Assessment and Selection process get to test their mettle on more than a mile of Nasty Nick’s obstacles.
Saturday, other active-duty service members got their chance to go up against the beast.
The race was open to those who had an Army Physical Fitness Test average of 240 points or higher and were able to execute six dead hang pull-ups.
All participants were required to wear a “sterile” military uniform and military-issued brown or tan boots.
Although the course has a formidable reputation, Staff Sgt. Albert Soto said the objective of the event was to take away some of that stigma.
According to Soto, there are about 25 obstacles with medium to high stressors on the course. He said the race was a good test for those thinking about SFAS.
“Just having that idea of what (they) need to work on, it kind of gives them an idea of where they need to be at physically,” Soto said. “It’s almost like a gut check.”
Racers could participate in an individual or team category. All finishers received a T-shirt. The top three finishers of the male individual, female individual, and team categories received awards.
2nd Lt. Zachary Jacobson took first place in the male division. In the female division, Sgt. Patricia O’Toole came in first.
The first place team of Ty Downer, Remington Myre, Matthew Rogers, Nathaniel Wilcox and Kareem Taylor came from Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division.
Overall, race participants enjoyed the event. Race organizers said participants enjoyed tackling something they heard stories about in the past.
The race also helped break down barriers between SF and other Soldiers, said Soto.
He hopes to have increased participation next year to further the goal of altering misconceptions about SFAS.