By JOE LoTEMPLIO Press-Republican
---- — PLATTSBURGH — Another big crowd is expected Saturday at the Rockeater Adventure Race at Plattsburgh City Beach.
“We’ve seen it grow since it started, and we expect it to grow even more this year,” City of Plattsburgh Recreation Director Steve Peters said.
The event, in its third year, features a 5K (3.1 miles) race with more than a dozen obstacles scattered along the course, which winds from the main swim area at the beach along the shoreline to Heritage Trail in the Scomotion Creek area and back to the Crete Memorial Civic Center.
The obstacles include barriers such as a harvest crawl through pumpkins and apples, a tunnel crawl, a scramble net, water wading, fire-pit jumping and the fan-favorite mud pit.
A new one is the monkey-bar rope bridge — racers have to negotiate a thick rope strung about 4 feet off the ground, reaching overhead for bars to help them keep their balance.
Spectators will have a full view of many of the obstacles between the Crete and the main swimming area.
“Everyone is expecting a challenging and fun race, and we are going to give it to them,” Peters said.
The race, created in 2011, was named the Rockeater after a skit performed on the popular television show “Saturday Night Live” that jokingly referred to people from Plattsburgh as “rock eaters.”
So far, 674 racers have registered for Saturday’s Rockeater, which surpasses last year’s total of 650.
“We will probably do more than 700 racers, I am guessing,” Peters said.
This year’s event also features a new Pebble-Eater Race for kids.
The Pebble-Eater will have categories and shorter routes for kids ages 4, 5 and 6; 7, 8 and 9; and 10 through 14. All routes will feature age-appropriate obstacles and safety measures.
It will finish in the mud pit, Peters said.
“Watching the kids go through this course will be a blast,” he said.
The event will kick off with the Pebble-Eater race at noon. The main adult race will begin at 2 p.m.
Waves of racers will start every 30 minutes to thin out the trail and provide ample room for clearing the obstacles.
Registration for the race is available for $45 at www.rockeateradventurerace.com. Registration includes participation in the race, a Rockeater Adventure Race T-shirt, finisher medal, bib number and after-party admission.
The Rockeater is sponsored by radio station 99.9 The Buzz and PenAir.
Proceeds will go to CancerBGone, a local nonprofit group dedicated to supporting the FitzPatrick Cancer Center at CVPH Medical Center in Plattsburgh.
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