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Webster Co. Adventure Race set for Saturday

Changes include later start, two simultaneous races

September 18, 2011
By PETER KASPARI, Messenger staff writer , Messenger News

Ever wanted to compete in a triathlon? Interested in running a 5K? Or maybe you're just looking to enjoy a nice, quiet bike ride, or need a music fix and a free meal on a Saturday night?

If any of those questions interested you, then you may be interested in signing up for the Webster County Adventure Race.

In its third year, the race has undergone several changes, according to Matt Cosgrove, director of Webster County Conservation.

"The last two years it's been in the morning," he said. "This year we have a 3 o'clock start time. We hope that will interest more people in coming."

Another change this year is that two races will be going on at once. One of them will be the Adventure Race, which starts from Amigo's, 280 N. First St.

"They will leave on bikes and head north to Kennedy Park," Cosgrove said. "They will then get into kayaks and row a one-mile course in Badger Lake, and then there will be a run around the lake. Then they will ride back to Amigo's."

The entire race is 22.4 miles, according to Cosgrove, who added that if participants do not have a kayak, they can rent one for $15.

The second race, which is new this year, is a 5K run and walk along the Soldier Creek Nature Trail.

Medals will be given to the top three winners in two age categories. There will be a male and female division.

Another new event this year is the fun ride, which is sponsored by the Dodger Cyclists. Cosgrove described this event as more relaxed, and at a much slower pace than the 5K and Adventure Race.

After the race, food will be provided by Amigo's.

"We're also doing an after-party this year," Cosgrove said. "Planet Rock is going to be playing. There will be some food and music for your entry fee."

According to Cosgrove, not many people have signed up for the race so far; as of Wednesday afternoon, 20 participants had signed up. During the race's first year, there were 50 participants. Last year, primarily due to poor weather, 30 participated.

Those who are interested, he said, can preregister by filling out the entry form, which is located at

Participants can either be individual or in teams of up to three.

"All we need is good weather and more people to sign up," Cosgrove said. "Even if you're not competitive, come out and have fun."

Contact Peter Kaspari at (515) 573-2141 or



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