Sequim Gazette staff
Sequim’s own obstacle course returns for another year of family fun at the Back 2 School 2-Mile Family Fun Run/Walk.
Going into its second event, organizers made some changes they think participants will love for the Sept. 7 event.
Dave Hasenpflug, co-organizer, said they’ve added 13 obstacles this year and probably will add more next year.
“We try to keep it short and cheap ($5 per person) so that everybody can participate,” he said.
“Most of them are simple like climbing over hay bales (Homework Hill) and going up a spiderweb rope. It’s things really small- to medium-sized kids can do and still have fun. There’s no burning fire pits or anything dangerous.”
The two-mile-course runs around the Sequim School District’s main campus starting and ending at the Sequim High School track. Ribbons will be awarded for the fastest times among different age groups with local businesses donating gift certificates for top finishers. All racers receive a wristband for participating.
Hasenpflug said participants start together but people can have fun and opt to do obstacles as many times as they want or not at all.
“The point of it is to get families out being silly, laughing, being healthy together and having a good time,” he said.
Co-organizer Ione Marcy said they had about 75 participants last year and hope for 150 people this year after switching the event from the weekend before school starts to the weekend after school starts.
“We want to get kids enthused about running and being active,” she said. “We want to teach that moving is a lot of fun.”
Hasenpflug encourages participants to dress up.
“It’s really a small-town event celebrating fitness,” he said.
Registration begins at 10 a.m. and the race at 11 a.m.