Friends of Deckers Creek and WVU's College of Physical Science and Sports Medicine will host the fifth annual Deckers Creek Adventure Day from 1-5pm Sunday, Oct 9, at Hazel Ruby McQuain Park. This event will feature a fun, family-friendly, but challenging, three-hour adventure race, designed by Nathan Kile of the WVU College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences. Racers in teams of three decked out in costumes and uniforms will compete in numerous events such as canoeing on the Monongahela River, biking on the Caperton Trail, and foot racing, rappelling and orienteering on the Deckers Creek Trail and in the WVU Core Arboretum.
Teams will also have to work together to complete mystery challenges that test the mind and body. Racers have three hours to complete as many tasks as possible to earn points - the most points win. Prizes will be awarded to the top three finishing teams in several categories including male, female, coed, youth/family and business/organization with the Grand Champions winning a three-person rafting trip on the Gauley River sponsored by ACE Adventure Resort.
"Last year we had 26 teams competing in the Adventure Race and some really creative costumes. A good time wa had by all despite the cold and dreary weather. We are really looking forward to a fun and exciting race this year and are expecting some beautiful fall weather!" said Sarah Veselka, Friends of Deckers Creek's executive director. Veselka added that "the best place for spectators to watch the race is at Hazel Ruby McQuain Park, but action can be seen up and down the rail-trails in that area of Morgantown."
During the race, FODC will host a free community festival. Community members are invited to join FOCD from 1-5pm at Hazel Ruby McQuain Park to learn more about current issues in the watershed and FODC projects. Also, the FODC Youth Advisory Board will lead hands-on environmental education activities for youth and adults such as acid mine drainage tie dyes. This will also be the first opportunity to catch a peek and purchase the new 2011 FODC T-shirt made of organic cotton and recycled plastic with a photo of the Deckers Creek gorge by local photographer Dave Smaldone.
During the festival and after the race, there will be live music on the amphitheater stage by local family band the Bad Bass-es. Jenny and Nathan Wilson, son Evan Lintz, and special guests will get the crowd moving with originals and covers. Following the race, awards and prizes will be given out for the top Adventure Race finishers and for best costumes. Race teams can register up until 5pm Friday. More information and registration forms can be found at deckerscreek.org.
The Deckers Creek Adventure Day is open to the public, and all proceeds will benefit Friends of Deckers Creek, a nonprofit organization dedicated to restoring the natural qualities of the Deckers Creek watershed. Anyone who is interested in racing or volunteering for the event should contact FODC at 304-292-3970. More information for the event can found at deckerscreek.org.