This past weekend CAMP hosted their first annual CAMP’s Chewacla Challenge. Let me be the first to tell you it was a BLAST. Everything went off without a hitch and there was nothing but good responses from everyone we talked to.
The weekend started out early Saturday morning with the 5k and 10k trail run. There were roughly 60 participants for the race and about 100 people present in total for the event. All the runners seemed to enjoy the course. After the race Hank grilled up hamburgers, hot dogs, and veggie burgers for anyone interested in a post race meal.
Shortly after the trail run the trails began to fill up with a number of mountain bikers interested in pre riding the race course for Sunday morning XC race. The park was quickly filling up with people out enjoying the day.
Early Saturday afternoon the excitement ramped up again for the short track mountain bike race. A number of cyclist lined up to test their abilities against one another in a 30 minute race around CAMP’s 1 mile beginner trail. The racers flew around the track, with the leaders averaging over 15mph for the entire race.
Following the short track race everyone made their way to the upper pavilion for a pasta dinner from Venditori’s Italian Restaurant and live music from Adam Hood. The evenings entertainment was just the right fit for an eventful day at the park. Everywhere you looked you saw people smiling and having a great time. The evening rounded off with a showing of Life Cycles, a cinematically beautiful mountain bike movie.
Sunday morning started off bright and early, with a number of racers showing up well before the races start. The excitement was still buzzing in the air from the day before and only grew as more participants arrived.
At 8:00 the action began with the Chewacla Challenge Kids Race. The future stars raced around the kids specific course with smiles on their faces and speed in their legs. After a short meeting about the course the racers started making their way to the line.
By the start of the race we had over 100 people register for the race, and you could tell just by looking at the crowd of people. Every class was well represented, from the expert to beginner class. Each category lined up and steamed away towards the trail.
Post race Hank and Philip was busy grilling up the days rations of hamburgers, hot dogs, and veggie burgers. The food was so popular that we began to run out of a number of items. I guess everyone worked up an appetite out on the trail.
We would like to thank everyone who donated items, volunteered, and promoted this years CAMP’s Chewacla Challenge. Without those folks this event would not have been anywhere close to what it was. Now we get to start planning for next year and how we are going to top this year. Hopefully other organizations will look to our event as a model of how these races should go.
Perhaps the best news of all is that we got a good chance to spread the CAMP name as well as raise a little money to continue working in the park. Be on the look for future CAMP events, especially the junior race series this fall. Thanks again and see you next year!