LISBON Children from all over the county scattered around the park at Lisbon Beach with loud excitement Saturday afternoon before dashing off in a 1-mile obstacle race.
The Youth Pumpkin Dash brought out more children than expected more than 90 children signed up for the 1 p.m. race.
I was going to be happy if we got 50 kids, but we ended up with 90, said Melanie E. Flack, Lisbon, who organized the event.
Mrs. Flack said she and a friend participate in several of the mud runs for adults in the area, but they wanted to bring the fun to the children in the area.
She said she used to run marathons, but now runs races for fun that include family.
I have a 7-year-old, so I want it to be family oriented, she said. So this is the start of us bringing those kinds of races to St. Lawrence County.
The children were separated into age groups 5 to 7, 8 to 10 and 11 to 14.
Each group took on a balance beam, wall climb and log jump as just some of the challenges they faced on the course.
Mrs. Flack said the town brought several culverts to the park for the children to crawl through as part of the course.
The participants also had to crawl through a mud pit that was dug on the beach, as well as climb over several hay bales that were donated by local farms.
Mrs. Flack said she has had similar races at birthday parties for her son, Connor A., and had the idea to have the first ever Youth Pumpkin Dash.
We wanted to make them bigger and include more kids because theyre so fun, she said.
Pumpkin prizes donated by Gendebien Farm, Lisbon, and Fobares Fruits, Rensselaer Falls, were handed out to children who participated in the race.
Chayton J. Massic, a speedy 11-year-old from Lisbon, was one of the fastest children to take part in the 11 to 14 age bracket.
Ive done 4-mile races before, and I did the Lisbon Mini-Triathalon in the summer, he said.
Two of three children of Angela B. McLear took part in the obstacle course.
She said it was a great opportunity for her two daughters Olivia B., 10, and Eliza A., 8, to spend time with other children.
All the kids get can get together somewhere besides the soccer field, she said. Its just something different and fun for them to do together.
The race cost $7 per child with proceeds benefitting the Lisbon Town Recreation Program who covered the cost of insuring the event.
Mrs. Flack said shes already planning another race on the beach in the spring that will include adults.
Connor got to race with his buddies and his face was beat red when he got back, Mrs. Flack said. That alone made everything worth it.