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Doe River Gorge set to kick off Fall Family Fun Festival with obstacle course

Brandon Paykamian • Oct 9, 2018 at 11:35 PM

Doe River Gorge and The Goose Chase are teaming up to host their “Goliath at the Gorge” obstacle course race to kick off the annual Fall Family Fun Festival on Oct. 20.

The race, sponsored by The Goose Chase and Ballad Health, encourages children and adults alike to participate in a mud obstacle course, which features steep inclines, river crossings and a variety of other challenges. The event will begin at 9 a.m for kids and 9:30 a.m. for adults.

“For Ballad, it’s important for us to be involved in anything that supports physical activity,” Tom Tull, Ballad Health’s vice president and chief experience officer, said.

Organizers said they are expecting the third annual race will draw its biggest crowd yet after last year’s attendees called the event “incredible” and the “best race of the year” on social media.

“This is going to be our largest year. We’re expecting about 5 (hundred) to 600 people,” Race Director Karen Hubbs said. “We have a ‘kids,’ ‘max’ and ‘mini’ (race). The ‘max’ is like a 10K and the ‘mini’ is like a 5K, and they all have about 15 to 20 obstacles.”

After the obstacle course events comes Doe River Gorge’s annual Fall Family Fun Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Oct 20 and 21. Both the race and festival will be hosted at Doe River Gorge Ministries Inc., a Christian summer camp and retreat center.

The free festival will feature local food, craft vendors, a train ride through the beautiful and rugged Doe River Gorge and activities for attendees of all ages.

“After the race, we’re going to have all sorts of different activities going on here. There’s going to be train rides, the technical tree climb, the climbing wall, horse riding for little kids, inflatables and lunch will also be available,” festival spokesman Taylor Simounet said, adding that activities are “$5 or less.”

“There will be something literally for everyone,” he added.

Registration for the race can be found at www.thegoosechase.org. To register for festival activities, visit www.doerivergorge.com, where more information on the festival and other upcoming Doe River Gorge events can be found.

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