THERE was mud, sweat and cheers as Winter Warrior 2019 was run and won at Lake Keepit today, about 100 teenage students from across the state taking part.
It took the winning team three hours and 11 minutes to cross the finish line after several gruelling challenges and obstacles.
Lake Keepit Sport & Recreation centre manager Heath Roods said "a great day" was topped off by a well-earned barbecue lunch.
The competitors travelled from as far as Sydney, Trangie and Woolgoologa, but Mr Roods said no local schools had taken part, unfortunately.
"It might be due to a local perception that Lake Keepit has run dry," he said.
"In town, every time I tell people where I work, they want to tell me that we've closed down."
Mr Roods said both were far from true - in fact, Winter Warrior had included a kayaking leg for the first time.
Another new addition this year was a golfing challenge, in which contestants had to try and hit their ball closest to the marker.
The first-past-the-post 15km endurance race also included a 5km bush run, 2km log-and-tyre carry, and an obstacle course with dozens of mud pits.
"Crawling through the mud seemed to be their favourite part, and kayaking on the river; they liked that because it felt like an Iron Man race," Mr Roods said.
Woologoolga High School took out the boys' and mixed section; Burwood Girls High School won the girls' race and the fancy dress competition.
The next big event on the Sport & Recreation calendar is Keepit Commando, usually held the weekend after Winter Warrior.
This year, however, it will be held in warmer weather - on October 13.