Grit 'N Wit
5k


Grit ‘N Wit is New England’s first 5K obstacle course where brain meets brawn. Other obstacle course series test you physically, but at Grit ‘N Wit that’s only half the challenge. Take on 20+ obstacles over a 3-mile course designed to challenge you both physically and mentally. Prove that you really are the total package, grit and wit.

For all abilities and ages 10+. 

Our Obstacle

  • Keep Your Wits About You
    Memory Puzzle
  • Cinderbloku
    Arrange these domino cinder blocks
  • Puzzled
    Tangram
  • Momento
    Memory Match
  • Ultimate Field Sobriety Test
    Maze and Inclined balance beam
  • Scrambled
    Word Scramble
  • Gorilla Bars
    Inclined Monkey Bars
  • Carried Away
    Sandbag Carry
  • Shoot! & Ladder
    10ft Slatted Wall
  • It's a 10
    10 ft wall
  • Three's Company
    Series of 4ft Walls
  • Tired
    Monster Truck Tire Flip
  • Rise Over Run
    Inclined Wall
  • Mt Rubbermore
    Tire Pile
  • Spider Web 2.0
    Spider Web
  • Keep Your Wits About You
    Memory Puzzle
  • Cinderbloku
    Arrange these domino cinder blocks
  • Puzzled
    Tangram
  • Momento
    Memory Match
  • Ultimate Field Sobriety Test
    Maze and Inclined balance beam
  • Scrambled
    Word Scramble
  • Gorrila Bars
    Inclined Monkey Bars
  • Carried Away
    Sandbag Carry
  • Shoot! & Ladder
    10ft Slatted Wall
  • It's a 10
    10 ft wall
  • Three's Company
    Series of 4ft Walls
  • Tired
    tire pile
  • Rise Over Run
    Inclined Wall
  • Mt Rubbermore
    Tire Pile
  • Spider Web 2.0
    Spider Web

Events 2015


Photo credit: Alex Syphers and Sean Fowler | CTnow and Hartford Courant

  • All Events
  • April 25, 2015
  • October 24, 2015




What Is Grit 'N Wit?

Grit ‘N Wit is New England’s first 5K obstacle course where brain meets brawn. Other obstacle course series test you physically, but at Grit ‘N Wit that’s only half the challenge. Take on 20+ obstacles over a 3-mile course designed to challenge you both physically and mentally. Prove that you really are the total package, grit and wit.

When and Where Is Grit ‘N Wit?

Grit ‘N Wit takes place at different locations throughout the year. We also host events for high schools, colleges and corporations. Our next big public event is Saturday, June 25th, 2016 in Hartford.To learn more click on the type of event you are looking for under the Events tab. 

Who Can Participate?

Grit ‘N Wit is open to all ages 10 & up. Whether you’re looking for inspiration to uncover that six-pack or to take on your next challenge, Grit ‘N Wit has something for everyone.

Teams are not required, but are highly encouraged. We recommend that you sign up with teams between 4-6 individuals. 


How Much Does It Cost?

It depends on when you sign up and how big your group is! What is always true is that the earlier you sign-up the more you'll save!

If you have any questions, or a big group, feel free to email us at gritnwit@gmail.com.


What Do I Get For Participating?


                    
                                                                                            
For participaing you'll get a shirt, some swag (we've had medals/keychains and sunglasses to date) and a free beer!

The free beer is from one of four the awesome local breweries - Back East, City Steam, Thomas Hooker and Half Full - and the satisfaction of knowing you’re supporting a great cause! A portion of proceeds will be used to go towards scholarships to make sure that the next generation is grittier and wittier than this one!

How Can I Volunteer?

To join us as a volunteer, email us at gritnwit@gmail.com. Those interested in volunteering and participating will receive 100% off their entry fee. 

Any Unanswered Questions?

Please email us at info@gritnwit.com. 


 

Our Mission

Grit & Wit, LLC is a Connecticut grown company committed to the development of healthy, engaged communities. We promote mental and physical fitness via uniquely challenging obstacle course events and aim to support local communities.

Our Team

                                                  

It all started in 2011, when James graduated from law school. 
 
Just weeks earlier he had spent hours a day in the library studying with his only exercise coming from ripping pages out of textbooks so other students were unable to study. Upon graduating he found himself with more free time on his hands and needed a new activity to occupy his time. He turned to obstacle course racing, a sport where people decided fun was climbing over walls, crawling under wire, and carrying heavy objects. 

But for the long-distance drives to Massachusetts and Vermont, it was fun. At the time, obstacle course races in
Connecticut were few and far between and he finally began to understand the meaning of the legal term forum non conveniens. James wanted to bring an event to his own backyard and address an important element that he found missing from traditional races ... the mental aspect.

Races favored those who were quick and could lift things up and put them down. But what about a race that could level the playing field? A race that offered a unique, fun way to test individuals physically and mentally? A race that really determined if someone was the whole package? A race that James may actually have a chance of winning...if only for the fact that he designed all the mental challenges!

Thus, Grit 'N Wit was born. 

 

Our Course

At Grit 'N Wit participants must completed 20+ mental and physical obstacles over 3 miles. To give you a sense of what to expect, the last event had participants memorize a pattern, then scale a hill and put the pieces of the puzzle together. After climbing over a series of inclined monkey bars and 5' walls, participants came to Ultimate Field Sobriety Test. There they had to get two golf balls through a maze while standing on an inclined balance beam. The mental obstacles are designed to be fun and challenging - think Survivor, the Amazing Race or MTV's The Challenge - but without the bugs, plane ticket or a stint on the Real World. 

Basically if you think you're the total package then prove it at one of our events. If you don't think you're the total package then prove something to yourself at one of our events. In other words, Grit 'N Wit is as fun as can be and as competitive as you want it to be. 
 

Our Cause


At Grit 'N Wit, we are dedicated to engaging and supporting host communities. We partner with a variety of local businesses and community organizations to celebrate local assets. We are proud to have realized Grit 'N Wit in the city in which the concept was born! As we continue to grow, we look forward to bringing Grit ‘N Wit to a location near you.

This year we will be supporting nonprofits that support student achievement. We want to ensure that the next generation is grittier and wittier than this one. 

Become a Volunteer, Join Our Team or Ask a Question!


Want to help volunteer for the race? Want to join our awesome team? Have a question?
Reach out emailing us at info@gritnwit.com
 

Partners



 
                            
 
                   Hartford brewery coming to second Grit 'N Wit