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If you’ve ‘got the grapes’ to do it, preview and sign up!

sack-pullRainfall on Saturday and Tuesday brought just a hint of what’s in store for participants who will make their way through more than 20 gruelling obstacles to raise funds for the County and Trenton’s hospitals, and the Hastings Prince Edward Cancer Society.

Organizers promise the third annual Grapes of Wrath Extreme Romp N Stomp will feature even more mud, fun and challenges at this year’s event. As their slogan asks, “Have you got the grapes to do it?”

With just over three weeks to go until the Sept. 10 race day, the organizing committee previewed the 5km course with new obstacles designed by volunteers from the military, firefighters and contractors to challenge strength, agility and stamina.

This year the challenge has been sent to local high schools to open a category for youth aged 14-17. Prince Edward Collegiate’s senior girls basketball team coached by Rob Garden was the first to sign up and registrations will continue to be accepted during the first week of school.

Since its inception in 2014, more than 720 participants have ran under and through grapevines and splashed through the Hillier Creek Estates Winery’s namesake creek to raise more than $120,000 for cancer services in the communities.

As well as fundraising, obstacle runs are about personal accomplishment and teamwork.

“In 2015, with obstacles such as a 14-foot wall climb, monkey bars and a culvert crawl, we saw competitors rely on each other to get up, over and through various obstacles and make it to the finish line together,” said Kemp Stewart, proprietor of the host winery.

Tuesday, members of the media were invited to trudge through the soggy course and try their hand at the obstacles planned for Sept. 10 – or at least have a sneak peek. Most of the media members declined to move from behind their cameras and happily photographed teens Rachel Clarke, Hunter Cooper and Courtney, Alyssa and Jenna Kane make their way through the preview course. (see below)

Some of the course elements, however, will remain secret until event day.

“The third annual Grapes of Wrath will push the participants even harder this year and test their strength and teamwork,” said Laura Lee Hogan, manager of stewardship and events for the TMH Foundation. “Not to give too much away, but if competitors are looking to get down and dirty, there will be even more opportunities to “play” in the mud this year, with some of the new and reworked obstacles on the course. There will be mud.”

The Grapes of Wrath committee is also encouraging area businesses to see the race as a team-building exercise and opportunity for staff to come together and break down corporate barriers.

The committee is thrilled to see many teams returning this year with 43 registered so far, involving more than 175 people.

A first responder and community safety challenge has also been issued to local fire departments, EMS crews and correctional officers. These professionals will be competing for the title of: GOW – First Responders & Community Safety Champions.

Everybody is welcome. Competitors must be 14 years or older on race day. Youth must race in the company of an adult. The run is open to individuals or teams of two to 20. Racers will receive a dry-fit t-shirt and upon completion, event dog tags.

If you are interested in watching participants trudge through sludge to secure those coveted dog tags, volunteer openings are also available. There are a variety of jobs including registering participants, spotters at the obstacles, help with baggage check and water stations. E-mail Karen at whitesway506@sympatico.ca to sign up.

Registration is $100 per participant for those 18 and older and $55 for those aged 14-17 on race day.
More information and registration links can be found by visiting www.cancer.ca/GrapesofWrathPEC or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/GrapesofWrathCountyRace or on Twitter @grapesofwrath16

lead the way

Rachel Clarke, Hunter Cooper and Courtney, Alyssa and Jenna Kane follow Woody, of Hillier Creek Estates to lead the way through the preview course.

Team-Kane

Doug Kane, Community Office Manger with the Canadian Cancer Society, goes for a high five following completion of an obstacle on the Grapes course.

Not too much mud for the preview run - but it will be a difference mud crawl come September

Not too much mud for the preview run – but it will be a different mud crawl come September

Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital Foundation chair Monica Alyea makes her way through one of the new obstacles.

Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital Foundation chair Monica Alyea makes her way through one of the new obstacles.

rope-swing

A swing to miss the mud easy – until more mud arrives!

Making it look easy to have gone up, and over.

Making it look easy to have gone up, and over.

will-be-more-mud

Posing at the base of the giant climb and slide – where a new, deeper mud hole will become the landing spot.

splash-grapes

Upon completion of the preview course, a quick splash through Hillier Creek, for the photographers.

 

 

 

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