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Beaver Camp plans muddy, moo-y adventure race

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LOWVILLE — In honor of Lewis County’s heritage, the Adirondack Mennonite Camping Association’s inaugural Udderly Muddy Rugged Run will pay homage to mud and cows.

The adventure race was designed as a fundraiser for Beaver Camp, a Christian recreational site on Buck Point Road. The race will be held along with the camp’s annual auction June 7 at the Lewis County Fairgrounds, 5473 Bostwick St.

“We say it was ‘bovine-ly’ inspired,” said David Nisley, Beaver Camp media and outreach director. “We’re going with mud and we’re going with cows.”

An adventure race pits teams against each other to test participants’ endurance levels in a variety of disciplines. Races can run anywhere from a few hours to several days or longer. But this race is meant to be more for entertainment than a challenge.

“We’re kind of taking inspiration from the tough mudders, and then toning it down a bit,” Mr. Nisley said. “We want the focus to be more on fun. I hope we don’t have snow by then.”

The event is open to teams of four to seven at a cost of $15 per person. The adventure will begin at 10 a.m. with a 1.5-mile race from the Lewis County Fairgrounds to Maple Ridge Center, 7421 East Road. Once there, teams will work through stations on a Holstein-themed, mud obstacle course. Teams will hit each station together, although some stations will require one person to participate and others will require two or more.

There will be a mud crawl, tractor-tire hopscotch, a two-person canoe challenge, an archery challenge where one team member must hit the target and a giant hay bale over which a team member must climb. For now, the rest is a surprise.

“It is a mud run and an adventure race,” Mr. Nisley said. “It will get muddy. Someone in the team should probably bring a backpack.”

After the final obstacle, racers will dash the 1.5-miles back to the fairgrounds for the finish. The whole thing is expected to last less than two hours, but Mr. Nisley has yet to test the course, citing snow still on the field.

Participants are recommended to be older than 13. Anyone unable to arrange a team will be grouped together.

Awards will be given for various achievements, including best time and best costume. Prizes will consist of a cow trophy and Goetze’s Candy Cow Tales.

The race is the first of its kind to be hosted by Beaver Camp and its affiliates. Mr. Nisley said no one has held a race like this in Lewis County in recent years.

“There’s been different people I’ve talked to, and I think this is the first one here,” he said. “That’s why we’re doing this, instead of just a 5K.”

The event is expected to be limited to about 100 people, and spots are filling up fast. Anyone interested in volunteering or sponsoring the event can email info@mapleridgecenter.org or call 376-2640.

The organizers hope the race will bring families to the Beaver Camp auction, which begins at 6 a.m. that day.



UDDERLY MUDDY RUGGED RUN

n What: Fundraiser for Beaver Camp n When: Saturday, June 7. Check-in at 9 a.m.; race begins at 10 a.m. n Where: Lewis County Fairgrounds n Cost: $15 per person; open to teams of four to seven n Registration deadline: Sunday, June 1; before May 11, participants receive a water bottle n Visit www.mapleridgecenter.com for additional information

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