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‘Kids’ Fun Run & Obstacle Course’ draws more than 130 to DL City Park

Thomas Hoffmann, 10, of Audubon and his dog Buster make it over a plywood obstacle during Saturday’s run through City Park. Brian Basham | Tribune

The popularity of obstacle courses and “fun run” events has grown immensely in the past few years.

But most of those events are geared toward adult athletes, says Detroit Lakes Community & Cultural Center wellness coordinator Sallie Eikren.

This past Saturday, however, the DLCCC hosted a new event that was intended to give kids an opportunity to enjoy the same kind of fun.

“We had two different divisions, a half mile run for ages 4-8, and a one mile run for kids ages 9-14,” she added.

The “Kids’ Fun Run & Obstacle Course,” as it was called, drew a total of more than 130 kids.

“That’s a great turnout,” says Jake Arechigo, a DLCCC summer intern who helped set up and run Saturday’s event at the Detroit Lakes City Park.

“That was huge,” Eikren agreed, noting that while they only had 40 pre-registered for the event, they had a lot of people show up at the park that day to sign up.

Those who pre-registered also had an opportunity to take part in a “patriotic costume contest,” where they could come decked out in red, white and blue and be eligible for prizes.

There were no prizes given for where the kids finished in the actual race, however; the idea was to simply have a good time while challenging themselves to reach the end of the course, Eikren noted.

Though both the half-mile and one-mile events contained challenging obstacles, the longer version had a few more of them, Arechigo said.

“My favorite was the ‘over, under and through’ obstacle,” he added.

Some of the others included the “Muskie Crawl,” where kids had to scramble their way under a net that was elevated just far enough off the ground for them to crawl underneath; and the “Turtle Tunnel,” a similar obstacle that started out with a slightly larger opening, then went lower and lower to the ground as the kids progressed.

“Our city park was the perfect place to do it,” Eikren said. “We had everything we needed there to make it work, and a great staff that likes to build things — Jake and Nick Royer built a lot of the obstacles for us.”

“They (the kids) jumped over logs, ran through tires, practiced their balance, got sprayed with water, went under nets, over walls, through the sand — we had a little bit of everything for them,” Arechigo added.

There was even a water balloon throwing station where kids could practice their aim —occasionally managing to strike their parents as well as fellow participants.

“The kids got to run obstacles and throw water balloons for an hour,” Eikren said. “It was a lot of fun — the parents and grandparents got pretty into it too — they thought it was great!”

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Vicki Gerdes

Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 16 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as covering city council and the Lake Park-Audubon School Board. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.

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