Let the challenge begin: Ragged Mountain Scuttle Sept. 24

CAMDEN – The fourth annual Ragged Mountain Scuttle, presented by Pen Bay Medical Center and Waldo County General Hospital, will take place on Sunday, Sept 24.

The first wave of competitors will start the course at 10 a.m. The 5-kilometer (3.1-mile) trail/obstacle challenge fundraiser will be at the Camden Snow Bowl off Barnestown Road.

The scuttle has been designed as a family-friendly event and features 20 obstacles on a 5K loop on the Ragged Mountain trails.

The event is a fundraiser for the nonprofit One Community Many Voices (OCMV) with a portion of proceeds also benefiting the Camden Snow Bowl’s fourth-grade learn-to-ski program, serving children in Knox county.

OCMV believes potentials and dreams have no deadlines. Using a model called: the Art of Good Fellowship – Paying it Forward One Neighbor at a Time, OCMV works with its Midcoast neighbors to help craft their destinies by providing small boosts that unlock their own skills and potentials, to create possibilities. OCMV meets people where they are at and works with individuals/families to achieve a dream or overcome a temporary barrier in order to regain financial sustainability, self-confidence, and/or a healthy lifestyle.

Early-bird prices for the scuttle are available online for adults at http://www.active.com/camden-me/running/distance-running-races/4th-annual-ragged-mountain-scuttle-2017?int= through Thursday, Aug. 31. Students and high school teams are encouraged to participate and can sign-up for a special student rate for ages 18 and younger. Participants can sign-up as individuals or a team with four or more runners. Up to 10 people can be on a team. Participants also will get the opportunity to listen to music courtesy of DJ Wallace, enjoy food by food truck vendors and children can play in a bounce house courtesy of Just Jumpin’.

For a suggested $5 donation on event day, children may tackle a small children-friendly obstacle course at the base of the mountain. The children’s course is sponsored by Bangor Savings Bank. Ryan Howes of Belfast, who most recently competed on the 2017 season of American Ninja Warrior, will be on hand at the children’s course to talk to children and do the course with them once he completes his Scuttle run.

The first 250 participants who register in advance online will be guaranteed a free event long-sleeved shirt, sponsored by Continuum Physical Therapy. Finishers also will receive participation medals this year. Bottled water for participants has been donated by Lowe’s of Thomaston. Granola bars will be provided in racers’ grab bags courtesy of Hannaford of Rockland.

This family event is fit for all ages. Participants will not hit fire, ice nor electricity, as with the Spartan or Tough Mudder, just the mountain terrain and 20 obstacles to climb over, jump on or crawl through. The majority of the course will be on the Kuller Trail on Ragged Mountain.

Runners begin in waves at 10 a.m., with a run up the mountain and the stairs near the National Toboggan chute to start the course.

With obstacles names like I hit a wall, skinned knees, show me the ropes, stick it, tire tracks, balls to the wall, angled wall, trapped and OMG – among others – participants will have fun on the course. They may even get to carry a sand bag along the way.

And, coming off his win on History Channel’s “Alone” series, Zachary Fowler of Appleton will run the course and participants can request to run in Fowler’s heat.

Volunteers are still needed for the event. All volunteers will receive a free T-shirt courtesy of Camden Law, who is sponsoring the volunteer effort. Anyone interested in volunteering can contact Leah Nickerson at leahnick3@gmail.com. Volunteers are needed for registration, manning obstacles, guiding runners on the course and more.

The Camden Herald/VillageSoup is the media sponsor of the event. Hampton Inn at Rockland/Thomaston, Brooks Trap Mill, Mainely Lobster & Seafood, Samuel Adams, Little Bee Impressions and Downeast Cider House also have contributed to the event. To learn more about the event and OCMV, visit www.ocmv.org.

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