WILMINGTON - The Ultimate Towner obstacle course stampeded through Wilmington and left its mark at Whiteface Mountain over the weekend.
More than 80 competitors came out to enjoy the 4-mile, 25 obstacle course that consisted of eight-foot climbing walls, four mud pits, a sand bag carry, tire jumps, hill sprints and others. The event was split into two groups - the fast class and the fun class.
"Everything went great," said Tim Walther, president of Grand Dynamics International, the Jackson Hole, Wyo. company that stages the races around the country. "Whiteface was very welcoming, the sponsors were great and we couldn't have asked for a more beautiful day."
Competitors in the fun class take off at the start of the Ultimate Towner event Saturday at Whiteface Mountain in Wilmington.
(Photo — Jason Hicks-Moriarty)
Tara Seigle, a 16-year-old from Cold Brook, was the top overall finisher in the fast class. She completed the course in 41 minutess, 44 seconds to edge Gary Mctavish, 52, of Merrickville, Ontario by two seconds.
The top male and female were awarded a two-night stay at the Golden Arrow Resort in Lake Placid.
"This was harder than other obstacle course races I've done," said Seigle, who spent the previous week at practice for her high school soccer team. "The hardest part was pulling myself over the walls, but I would definitely sign up again."
Seigle's parents, John and Lisa Seigle, also participated in the fast class.
The obstacles were modified a bit for the fun class. The youngest competitor in the fun class was 2-year-old Alexis Langfield. Whiteface Mountain was the first to hosted a bolding wall as an obstacle and used their snow blowers for mist to keep the competitors cool.
"These are two things we will bring with us to future races," said course director Will Leggett. "And we will definitely be back at Whiteface next year."
The next stop on the Ultimate Towner tour is Aug. 31 in Liverpool.
The Ultimate Towner events attempt to make direct connections to the community. Each obstacle was sponsored by a different business in the area. Some of this year's sponsors were: 99.9 The Buzz, High Peaks Cyclery, Grand Dynamics, Whiteface Mountain, 98.9 WOKO The Big Station, Schultes Family Lodge, Adirondack Daily Enterprise, WSLP, Hoffman Auto, Lake Placid News, Adirondack Steak & Seafood, Lawes Agricultural Services, Bear Essentials, Mountain Communications, Golden Arrow and Fitness Revolution.
The race also promoted overcoming obstacles and personal goals. Motivational team members at each station were equipped with cow bells and high spirits to energize the competitors to help them make it to the next obstacle. The walls were painted with inspirational notes such as, "believe, love life, achieve and overcome your obstacles."