3,000 Attended 'Ash Kicker' Charity at Resort
Over 3,000 people showed up for Ash Kicker 3 (AK3) held recently at Toutle River RV Resort in southwest Washington state.
The Ash Kicker is a 5K adventure race that has become a huge spectator sport as well. With over 1,500 registered runners and a crowd of twice that size, AK3 went off without a hitch, according to event founder Charlie Curry.
The race officially starts and ends at the Big Green Music Shed in the Toutle River RV Resort Rally area where groups of runners take off every 30 minutes throughout the day. With the most coveted awards being for best individual and best team costumes, as well as most realistic "Big Foot" costume, this is a very fun event both for racers and the spectators, Curry reported.
With over 20 obstacles throughout the course, racers encountered challenges like "Beaver Trail Forrest," "Nothing but Net," "Ash Tired," "Big Foot Bubble Bath" and more. One huge crowd pleaser is a 10-foot-high smooth curved Squatch Wall that racers encounter immediately after navigating a mud pit and soap suds shower.
Fantastic baby back ribs and barbecued chicken were served all day as was ice cold beer.
Kip Attaway kept the crowd entertained and it was just a great day with race activities winding down about 6 p.m. The fun however did not stop then: the RV park was packed and parties around the fire pits continued late into the night setting an all-time record for both site rentals and fire wood sales.
While the total amount raise is not yet available, the 2011 and 2012 Ash Kickers raised a combined $420,000 for United Way. This year Big Foot Community Events plans on spreading the money around a bit more to local sports and literacy programs. 100% of all proceeds raised from AK3 will benefit local programs in Cowlitz County. The date is already set for AK4 is May 17 2014. and registration starts soon. To get the best race slots and the best RV spots racers and RV'ers are urged to register early.
If the event continues to have the explosive growth as seen this year AK4 may become a two day event.