Local park event offers a challenge, with a little adventure

The Finger Lakes Park second annual Adventure Challenge is Saturday, Sept. 12.

Athletes and nature enthusiasts will begin racing at 9 a.m. Contestants begin by kayaking the water trail on Peabody Lake and then running the Kelley Branch mountain bike trail. The course consists of hills, marshes and even a reclaimed strip mine.

Because of the nature of the event, the park team will be taking precautions to ensure the safety of the participants.

“We require everyone to wear a lifejacket,” said Debbie Newby, park superintendent. “We’ll have people positioned out on the water at different points.”

Participants can rent lifejackets and kayaks from the park. There is also a $30 entry fee to compete in the race.

“It’s a fun event,” Newby said. “It’s suitable for everybody.”

Park officials predict that the weather on Saturday will be good for spending the day on the lake.

The Adventure Challenge is part of the Missouri State Park Racing Series, which includes runs in many parks across the state including Knob Noster, Prairie, Stockton, The Katy Trail and more. The next race, the Rocktober Run, will be held on Oct. 4 at Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park in Lesterville, Missouri.

An award will be presented to the winner of each age division.

Alyssa Gregory

About the Author Alyssa Gregory

My name is Alyssa Gregory, and I am a sophomore science and agricultural journalism major and writing minor at the University of Missouri. As a child, my life revolved around two things: nature and writing. When I wasn’t writing stories about my cat, I was watching reruns of The Crocodile Hunter, wishing I could lead a life like Steve Irwin’s. Now my goal is to inspire young people to protect the natural world just as my hero inspired me.