The Ragged Mountain Scuttle has tripped over an unseen and previously unexpected obstacle — namely, a pandemic — stumbled a bit, fallen and is unable to continue to the finish.

Audrey Lovering, race organizer, announced the seventh annual Ragged Mountain Scuttle, an obstacle-laden, mountain trail run/walk, has been canceled due to COVID-19.

Lovering said the event will return in 2021.

The scuttle took to Ragged Mountain at the Camden Snow Bowl for the first time in 2014.

Designed by Wade Ward as a family-friendly event, and the first Scuttle featured 20 obstacles on a 5-kilometer (3.1-mile) loop on the Ragged Mountain trails. Since then, the Scuttle has become a popular event.

In 2019, the event featured a 4.5-mile OCR race for the first time, in which participants could go "the extra mile" if they so chose.

The course last year also featured new obstacles — and also familiar ones for past participants — as Bigfoot made an appearance towards the end of the course.

After a hill was scaled, course-goers had to climb over a wall, grab a spear to pierce one of two bags of concrete hanging from two life-sized Bigfoot cutouts.

Mental endurance also was needed to finish the course, not only to push one's body through the rigors, but to complete the "alphanumeric psychological obstacle," which was one of the last challenges before the finish line.

Area businesses annually become involved in the scuttle with participating teams and plenty of volunteers. Area school athletic teams and others volunteer to help the event run more smoothly.

The event is a fundraiser for One Community Many Voices, as proceeds support the Rockland-based non-profit, which provides gap funding when no other resources are available to help neighbors in need to resolve a hardship related to employment/skill building, youth aspirations, elderly independent living or well-being.

“A big part of our job with OCMV is cultivating community connections, so that we can do our work of helping one person at a time and then helping them to pay it forward,” said Lovering, the lead race organizer and beneficiary for OCMV. “The scuttle is a shining example of this kind of relationship-building that creates community and allows us to provide such hand-ups.”

In 2018, OCMV had more than 100 volunteers who put in an estimated 1,700 hours to make the race a success.

“It’s a huge team effort,” Lovering said.

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