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I am new to the Beacon Citizen group. I recognize some faces and names.

I was asked to create an adventure race in Beacon. A community event to coincide with Spirit of Beacon Day. I would like some feedback as to whether or not the community would support it and if the community would see value in it. Here are my ideas thus far:

It would have 3 courses:
The courses would include the Waterfront, Main street, Mt Beacon and USC. It would take place early before the parade.

A Kids course- 100 yard dash, 1 mile bike circuit and obstacle course

A family and friends course - short run(1 mile to 3 miles) and bike (5 to 7 miles) plus a fun kayak leg(probably 2 miles - from beacon harbor to bridge and back).

A competitive course - a full fledged AR course with the tie in of Mt Beacon for trail scramble, mountain bike and navigation.(this one is much tougher to design and pull off)

I welcome any and all thoughts.

Thanks,
Ray

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Comment by Mark Wildonger on May 3, 2009 at 5:26pm
Ray - good stuff. Let me know how I can help.
Comment by Josie Gray on April 29, 2009 at 12:18pm
For some peer-to-peer insight, I recommend talking to members of the Phillipstown Greenway Committee down in Cold Spring. They have pulled off two (or maybe three by now) Hudson Highlands Greenway Triathalons that involve kayaks in the Hudson River, road-biking on 9D and trail running up and over Mt Taurus. They have a lot of experience now with planning and logistics, and it is an all-volunteer event. See http://www.hudsonhighlandstriathlon.org/index.html
Comment by Andrew J. Forman on April 25, 2009 at 10:08pm
Ray - I have to agree with Birdy. An event(s) of this size would take an awful lot of organizing and volunteers. Not that it's impossible. Would you be interested in joining the Beacon-Fishkill Kiwanis Club on May 13th to discuss the possibility of our club sponsoring one of the events?
Comment by Steve Knowles on April 24, 2009 at 3:02pm
Sorry, mouse was ovr th add commnt.

Good luck in getting something going. It seems that in NY, you are lucky to get a reply to an email message, let alone meaningful discussion/follow through on anything substantial.
Comment by Steve Knowles on April 24, 2009 at 2:59pm
I tried to get interest in a race from the Hudson Rvr to the top of Mt. Beacon (or the fire tower) a few years ago. I spoke with someone from the incline railway group, and Scenic Hudson, thinking it could be a good fundraiser for either group, but nobody was apparently interested, despite my volunteering to help organize it
Comment by Randy Casale on April 24, 2009 at 2:58pm
Ray Phil shea runs the 5k
Comment by Philomena on April 23, 2009 at 6:43pm
You could ask about the 5K at Mountain Tops - I know they have been involved with that race in the past, as sponsors, I think - so they may be able to give you the info about who organizes it.
Comment by Ray Fusco on April 23, 2009 at 6:32pm
Thanks for the feedback. Lots of great ideas. USC is University Settlement Camp and AR is Adventure Race.
Who organizes the 5K at Dennings Point?
Comment by Mark Roland on April 23, 2009 at 5:07pm
Hi Ray, sounds fun. This would be for September? Who approached you?

I assume USC is University Settlement Camp? Not sure what AR is.

I'd be happy to help in some way if I can, let me know. Also, maybe a bike safety lesson with the kid's course (though it's the parents on cell phones who don't know the rules of the road that really need the lesson!) I imagine you've already spoken to Tom at Beacon Cyclery, I'm sure he'd love to be involved. What about the promoter of that 5k Denning's Point run? He or she could probably be of help regarding the logistics of this kind of undertaking.
Comment by Birdy on April 23, 2009 at 5:01pm
My suggestion would be to hand off two of them to someone else or start smaller with one event, expanding every year. It is much more work that it first appears. Be careful too of any off road with bikes because of the many different type of bikes and which can handle what type of roads, not to mention the danger and need to have health monitors. Saying that, it can be a lot of fun to design a bike trail course. I did one for a bike club benefit 15 years ago and it was a big success. It was just a course ride though, not a race. I used empty lots for the obstacle part so there was some control and could be monitored easily the day of. Meaning, different people could check out individual lots before ride and not have to worry about the streets between each lot. Though it was my job, I was able to get others to claim their lot as their own and use their own ideas with supervision. I had the gigantic lot which went through a deserted building. It was Halloween so we had a bridge with "ghosts" jumping out. The first one was the best, after that they expected the ghosts. The most fun parts prevented the thinner tire bikes from making the whole course.

Another suggestion would be to make it a scavenger type race, which is easier to make for different age groups. Less work because they could start at the same place, just different times. The clues could be in stores, parks and monuments around town keeping with the Spirit of Beacon.

Looking at your wonderful ideas, my guess is you would need at least 50 volunteers. At the minimum. Hope I didn't burst your bubble.

Birdy

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