May 2018 - RUNNING
Obstacles, Mud, Hills… And an Ultimate Relay Experience!
By Mona Caron
How do you turn an individual sport such as running into a team event? Team running races are perfect opportunities to run with runners of varying speeds and abilities. Gather a group of family, friends or coworkers and sign up for these local events for a fun, bonding experience. The inside jokes, funny mishaps and friendly competition will make lasting memories for all!
First up, is the Glens Falls Urban Assault on Saturday, May 26, a 3.5-mile obstacle race in downtown Glens Falls. With over 20 obstacles, this is a running, endurance and strength test. Participants will encounter ropes, stairs, a slip-n-slide, climbing walls and more, as they make their way through the course. Prizes will be awarded to the best dressed team and individual male and female overall. With both the start and finish on Glen Street, downtown will be a festive scene. The event organizers, Adirondack Race Management, encourage everyone to try the obstacles. However if a participant cannot do an obstacle, a modification will be offered such as push-ups or squat thrusts. The obstacles are not difficult as this is meant to be a fun, family-friendly event.
Gather your group, get your errands done early, and let loose for the 5pm start time. Afterwards head over for happy hour and relive your fun evening! A portion of race proceeds go to benefit the Crandall Park Beautification Committee. adkracemgmt.com
Dig out an old pair of running shoes and prepare to get dirty at the Tuff eNuff Obstacle Course Challenge! The Prevention Council will hold its seventh annual 5K for teens/adults and one-mile kids run on Saturday, June 2 in Saratoga Springs. The affordably priced challenge is open to teams, which is a fun way to show what you’re made of, all while supporting a great organization where 100% of the proceeds stay local. The BOCES Campus on Henning Road is transformed for a day into a mud covered obstacle course with hurdles to jump over, crawl under and shuffle through. The terrain features some new obstacles that will push participants to their limits.
Last year the challenge attracted 550 participants and 1,000 spectators. All participants are encouraged to be silly and dress up in costumes to make the challenge even crazier! The kids’ fun run goes first and the 5K waves start at 9:15, 9:20 and 9:25am. Afterwards enjoy the awards ceremony while caked in mud! finishright.com
If you’re looking for something with hills and fun, challenging obstacles, the Run the Ridge 5K Mud Run on Saturday, July 14 at Maple Ski Ridge in Schenectady is the answer! Over the summer this ski area is transformed into a mud covered paradise for all to enjoy. Designed by Maple Ski Ridge staff, the features consist of natural terrain and manmade builds to test endurance and skill. Challenges are added and redesigned so participants can have a new experience each year.
Run through mud, water, ledges, tires, hills, fire and many other obstacles to climb over, under and get covered in. This race also has heats that start at 8:45am and family fun runs at 11:30am and 12pm. Run the Ridge proceeds benefit Special Olympics, and you can register as an individual or a team of 10 runners. A new cash prize of $1,000 will be given to the first team to finish together if all obstacles are completed. runtheridge.net
Live out of a van for two days with your teammates at the fourth annual Peak to Brew Relay on August 10-11. Starting from the top of Whiteface Mountain Veterans Memorial Highway in Wilmington, your team of 12 or six ultra runners will traverse 220 miles of the Adirondacks to reach the Saranac Brewery in Utica.
The Peak to Brew Relay is the Northeast’s longest, most scenic overnight, team supported relay race. Teams of six or 12 runners and one or two support vans will cover 42 unique legs of varying distance and difficulty. The course will take runners through the beauty of the Adirondack Park starting on Friday, August 10 and overnight for a fun celebration at the historic brewery on Saturday, August 11. The post-race party includes a free beer, food, live music, and the celebratory mood of having completed a truly a unique and challenging relay race!
For those not familiar with the relay concept, 12 runners typically split up equally between two vans to complete the course. The group of six people each take turns running their distance and handing off the wrist strap “baton” to the next runner. The van drops off and picks up runners from the designated minor exchange areas. The first six runners comprise van #1 who start off the relay. Once Van #1 has completed their legs (or distances), the next six runners – aka Van #2 – take over at the major exchange areas. In the Peak to Brew Relay, van #1 runners each complete four distances while van #2 completes three legs. Individual legs will range from two to 12 miles in length, for a total average distance of 15 miles for van #1 runners, and 20 miles each for van #2 runners. This set up is perfect for a large group of runners with different abilities due to the varying distances and terrain.
For an overnight relay, race organizers take safety very seriously, and require all runners to have appropriate nighttime running gear – such as reflective vests, headlamps and flashlights, flashing taillights – and they must follow rules of the road. New this year is the improved team communication and tracking. So grab some friends, register by the June 30th deadline, and rent a few vans for the ULTIMATE relay experience! p2brelay.com
Make it a great summer!