Monday Sep 03 2012
ARD sets course for family fun
By: Journal sports staff
Great Auburn Obstacle Scramble will be annual event
There’s a new endurance test coming to Auburn for those who like to get down and dirty. On Saturday, Sept. 29, the local Area Recreation and Park District will host the first annual Great Auburn Obstacle Scramble, a one-mile obstacle course race that will test a runner’s strength, speed and coordination — and ability to crawl through a mud pit. The event, which is for ages 8 and up and considered a family-friendly event, will take place at Regional Park, ARD’s 62-acre park in North Auburn. Races start at 8 a.m. and will run through the morning, with “finals” being run in the early afternoon. The scramble features 10 obstacles spread out over the course. The obstacles include a sled pull, tire flipping, basketball layups and approximately one mile of trail running. The most obscure obstacle is a mud pit that must be crawled through to progress. The obstacle course winds through Regional Park, using man-made, as well as natural, obstacles. The day will also feature music, food and a beer garden. Participants and spectators are encouraged to spend the day at the park to enjoy the race festivities and features of the park. ARD was inspired to create the scramble by the city of Folsom’s “Wild Way” run. ARD said in a news release that its staff looked at the concept and saw that Auburn was in need of a fun obstacle course that would test runners’ endurance. “We have worked hard to make the course challenging, but it is also a great way for a beginner to try their hand at obstacle course racing” said Jerry Fisher, race director, in the release. Fisher added, “The course layout gets your heart beating, then forces you to stop and focus on hand-eye coordination elements. We had a test run of most of the elements and the ‘test subjects’ came away exhausted and smiling.” Runners interested in registering for the Great Auburn Obstacle Scramble can find more information at auburnrec.com/events or call 885-8461. Umpqua Bank, via its Community Giving Program, is a sponsor of the upcoming Greater Auburn Scramble Obstacle Course Race. Sheryl Petersen, ARD recreation services manager, was grateful for the partnership with Umpqua Bank. “We greatly appreciate the support of Umpqua Bank as one of our premier sponsors,” Petersen said in the release. “We are seeking additional organizations and individuals interested in sponsoring an obstacle as well as people who want to volunteer for the event. This is a wonderful opportunity to get in on the ground floor of what is sure to be an annual event that will continue to grow in size and popularity” ARD said it created this event to support the park, raise funds for the Youth Assistance Fund and to provide a low-cost family event that encourages fitness and fun. Sponsorship and volunteer information can be obtained by contacting ARD Recreation staff at 863-4615 or 863-4612.