Tri-Ute Games: Ultimate Ute Warrior Challenge

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Kelsey Frost (right) has fun inside the mud pit.
SunUte employees Shalaunda Roan and Kelsey Frost help youth down an 8-foot wall during the Ute Warrior Challenge.
Jade Richards braves the slippery mud pit while her teammates Allisianna Baker, Avionne Gomez and Sharmaine Price shy away from messy pit.
John Whyte, 13, of Ute Mountain was the first to cross the finish line at the Strong Warrior Challenge course Wednesday, June 15. He finished the course in 34:50.
Elliott Hendren makes his away around the Strong Warrior course.
Ute Mountain Ute athlete passes the finish line.
Daughter and mother, Jade and Katrina Richards hold hands as they sprint to the finish line.
Lorraine Watts of Team Southern Ute passes the finish line completing the Ute Warrior Challenge – a 5k Strong Warrior Course.
Franklin Thompson passes the finish line completing the grueling 5k Strong Warrior Course on his birthday, Wednesday, June 15.
Tatum Lang sprints to the finish line
Teammates Christen Whiteskunk-Heart and Toph Pinnecoose smile as they approach the finish line together.
Tatum Lang treads her way through the muddy water at the Tri-Ute Games Ute Warrior Challenge.
Jade Richards, Allisianna Baker, Avionne Gomez and Sharmaine Price all took the challenge and crawled their way through the mud pit.
Team Southern Ute girl’s basketball team stayed together as they challenge themselves going through the mud pit as coach Katrina Richards cheers them on.
Lorraine Watts leads Jazmin Carmenoros and Tamarius Roland through the mud pit.
Riah Price army crawls his way under the bungee cords, one of the last obstacles of the Ute Warrior Challenge held on June 15.
Dewayne Hendren and Avionne Gomez quickly move there feet through the tires
Ula Gregory encourages all athletes to complete the challenge with strength.
Cummings Vanderhoop from Northern Ute Indian Tribe wishes all the athletes "good luck".
The Ultimate Warrior Challenge is underway.
Ute athletes start the challenge by crawling under ropes, military style.
Chris Tabbee (right) lends a hand by helping Ute Warrior participants over the wall obstacle.
The Ultimate Ute Warrior Challenge was an eventful finale for the 2016 Tri-Ute Games.
The mud pit was a popular challenge.
Charise Hunter treads through the mud pool during the Ultimate Ute Warrior Challenge.
Allisianna Baker (front) and Avionne Gomez have fun in the mud during the Ultimate Ute Warrior Challenge.
Richard Joseph from Team Southern Ute makes a big splash in the mud pool.
Teammates from the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe narrow through the muddy trench.
From left: Dewayne Hendren, Jace Carmenoros, Richard Joseph, and Harmony Reynolds from team Southern Ute dive into the mud pit.
Jazmin Carmenoros (left) and Lorraine Watts enjoy a quick mud bath.
Avionne Gomez is having a little trouble keeping her clothes dry.
Charise Hunter (left) helps her fellow teammate out of the mud pit.
Ute Mountain Ute teammates take a splash.
Toqua Ticeahkia from the Strong Warriors Program lifts Ula Gregory as the Tri-Ute Games come to a close. Next year’s Tri-Ute games will be hosted in Ignacio.
John Whyte (13) from the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe finished first in the Ultimate Ute Warrior Challenge with a total time of 00:34:50.
Damon Toledo | The Southern Ute Drum
Sacha Smith | The Southern Ute Drum
Sacha Smith | The Southern Ute Drum
Sacha Smith | The Southern Ute Drum
Sacha Smith | The Southern Ute Drum
Sacha Smith | The Southern Ute Drum
Sacha Smith | The Southern Ute Drum
Sacha Smith | The Southern Ute Drum
Sacha Smith | The Southern Ute Drum
Sacha Smith | The Southern Ute Drum
Sacha Smith | The Southern Ute Drum
Sacha Smith | The Southern Ute Drum
Trennie Collins | SU Drum
Trennie Collins | SU Drum
Sacha Smith | The Southern Ute Drum
Sacha Smith | The Southern Ute Drum
Sacha Smith | The Southern Ute Drum
Sacha Smith | The Southern Ute Drum
Damon Toledo | The Southern Ute Drum
Damon Toledo | The Southern Ute Drum
Damon Toledo | The Southern Ute Drum
Damon Toledo | The Southern Ute Drum
Damon Toledo | The Southern Ute Drum
Damon Toledo | The Southern Ute Drum
Damon Toledo | The Southern Ute Drum
Damon Toledo | The Southern Ute Drum
Damon Toledo | The Southern Ute Drum
Damon Toledo | The Southern Ute Drum
Damon Toledo | The Southern Ute Drum
Damon Toledo | The Southern Ute Drum
Damon Toledo | The Southern Ute Drum
Damon Toledo | The Southern Ute Drum
Damon Toledo | The Southern Ute Drum
Damon Toledo | The Southern Ute Drum
Damon Toledo | The Southern Ute Drum
Damon Toledo | The Southern Ute Drum
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The 2016 Tri-Ute Games came to a close on Wednesday, June 15 – finishing off the athletic events with the ultimate finale. The Ute Warrior Challenge brought all the tribes together in one last endurance test with a number of obstacles. Next year’s Tri-Ute games is planned to be hosted on the Southern Ute Indian Reservation.

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