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Ultimate Warrior Challenge 2013

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It is an athletic event like no other.

"You run a mile and a half. You canoe three (miles)," said Narsis Reevis, a Blackfoot tribe member who lives in Browning. He, along with five other contestants, competed in the Ultimate Warrior Challenge in Crow Agency Sunday morning. It was Narsis' third time as a contestant.

"This is how we battle these days against tribes," said Narsis.

The event has been held for 16 years, as a way to promote a healthier lifestyle on the reservation.

"A lot of people were diabetic, and it was a way to promote a healthy lifestyle," said Crow Tribal Chairman Darrin Old Coyote.

The event not only drew people within the Crow Reservation to compete, but also a man from Nebraska. It's the first time Todd Flinn competed in this event.

"This is just something that kinda sees how much heart you have, and where you can go with it," said Todd.

The event began at 8 a.m., at the Grandstand in Crow Agency. The event's finale was also at the Grandstand, where contestants rode on horseback, around the racecourse.

"Each horse, you ride three miles apiece for three horses, so a total of nine miles," said Narsis. "It's always grueling and long, but I think I'm gonna do good this year."

And Narsis did just that. He successfully defended his champion title. He was joined in the award ceremony by Shoni and Jude Schimmel, two Umatilla native tribespeople who are among one of just a couple of dozen Native American Women's basketball player in NCAA's Division One. Both play at University of Louisville, in Kentucky.

"It's a friendly competition, and I invite a lot of people from different tribes to join, if possible, in the future," said Narsis.