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YMCA Sock Soaker race to be held at Lake Clare

Posted: Friday, February 16, 2018

The Parkview Huntington Family YMCA has announced a new, lower registration price for its annual Sock Soaker adventure race with early registration extended through March 12. The Sock Soaker will be held on Saturday, May 12 at Lake Clare, a new location for this race now in its fourth year. The individual/timed race will start at 8 a.m. and the team event will start in multiple heats beginning at 9 a.m.

The Sock Soaker will have two components: a timed, competitive individual race and a fun, untimed, less competitive team race. Racers in the competitive category will face the new Fitness Park obstacle course along with running on trails and paved areas plus other fitness challenges. Prizes will be awarded to the top three male and female finishers, as well as age group winners.

“The Y is excited to take advantage of this great setting for a fun event,” says YMCA CEO Ben Davis. Davis says the team category will be more like “Amazing Race” than “Tough Mudder.”

It will incorporate some of the Fitness Park obstacles to a limited degree, but it will not be necessary for all racers to be able to perform all obstacles. Instead, there will be team games such as relays, puzzles and scavenger hunts. Groups such as corporate teams, school sports teams and church/youth groups are encouraged.

“Hopefully with the changes to this year’s format, the Sock Soaker will be even more fun and accessible to everyone,” said Davis.

Funds raised from the Sock Soaker benefit the YMCA’s annual campaign for financial assistance, which enables the YMCA to not turn anyone away from membership or programs based on their ability to pay the full rates. The YMCA is also seeking sponsors with a number of recognition opportunities available.

Early registration is only $19 through March 12, with the price increasing to $29 after that. Race shirts are optional for an additional $6. Racers can register through the YMCA web site at www.huntingtony.org. You can also join the Facebook event page for “4th Annual YMCA Sock Soaker.”

Racers or sponsors may contact Ben Davis at ben.davis@huntingtony.org or (260) 359-9622 with questions.