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September 28, 2013

Rockeater race attracts record field, crowd

PLATTSBURGH — Last weekend’s Rockeater Adventure Race attracted a record field and a healthy payday for the City of Plattsburgh.

Recreation Director Steve Peters told councilors at Thursday night’s meeting that the race had 763 participants, about 100 more than last year.

Of those racers, about 200 were children taking part in the first Pebble-Eater Race, a shorter version of the Rockeater.

“That went really well, and it was a lot of fun to see the kids go through the course,” Peters said. “I think that event will grow a lot.”

THOUSANDS WATCHED

The Rockeater was first held three years ago at the Crete Memorial Civic Center complex at the City Beach. It features a 5K (3.1-mile) race along a course strewn with fun obstacles.

This year’s race included a harvest crawl through apples and pumpkins, a fire pit, tunnel crawl, scramble net, water wading and a mud bog among the dozen obstacles.

A new one added this year featured a monkey-bar rope bridge that racers had to negotiate on a thick rope strung about 4 feet off the ground, reaching overhead for bars to help them keep their balance.

About 2,000 spectators turned out to watch the race and cheer on participants.

They were entertained by radio station 99.9 The Buzz, a race sponsor, and were able to buy food and drinks at Smooth Moves and the Cabana Beach Bar.

CANCER BENEFIT

PenAir was also a sponsor, and about $2,500 was raised for CancerBGone, a local nonprofit group dedicated to supporting the FitzPatrick Cancer Center at CVPH Medical Center.

“It was an amazing day,” said Patricia Diman of CancerBGone.

“We had so much fun, and to fundraise in that atmosphere was great. To have the community involved in something fun that is for a good cause is wonderful.”

BOOST TO BUDGET

Peters said the race brought in about $12,000 in revenue after expenses, which is a boost to the City Beach budget.

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