The City of Plattsburgh Recreation Department will host the “Rockeater Adventure Race” next Saturday, Sept. 17.
The recreation department and 99.9 The Buzz are hosting the new event at Plattsburgh City Beach that will consist of a five-kilometer race, starting at the main swimming area at the beach, with waves of 100 runners taking off every 30 minutes. The course will wind through the Heritage Trail and Scomotion Creek areas before returning back to the beach by way of the Crete Memorial Civic Center. The race will include obstacles like a mud pit, tunnel crawl, scramble net, water wading and even fire jumping.
Registration for the race closed Sept. 1, though spectators are encouraged to turn out to witness the event, which will start with a first wave of runners at 2 p.m.
The name for the Rockeater Road Race derived from the slang terminology made famous by a Saturday Night Live skit last year in which actor Fred Armisen portrayed then Gov. David A. Paterson, referring to North Country people as “rockeaters.” Though Urbandictionary.com defines the term as someone “who is missing teeth” and is synonymous with “trailer trash,” recreation superintendent Steve Peters has said he wants to utilize the race as a way to give the term a fun, new meaning.
The event will also include entertainment and music provided by 99.9 The Buzz throughout the race and an after-race party. Food, drinks, and vendors will be also available on-site.
For more information about the Rockeater Adventure Race or to register, visit www.rockeateradventurerace.com or contact the recreation department at 324-7709 or email@example.com.