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Obstacle lovers descend on Ash Kicker

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Runners of all ages and abilities dared to brave the 5K Ash Kicker obstacle course in Castle Rock on Saturday.

More than 1,000 team members and individual competitors were on hand for the fourth annual Ash Kicker obstacle race in Castle Rock Saturday.

Organized by Longview-based Bigfoot Community Events, organizer Shannon Wickham said participants with all levels of experience, and ranging in age this year from 12 to 70, had come to join the 5K race over, under, around and through more than 30 obstacles.

“There is something for everyone,” she said, indicating the obstacles are certainly not a necessity to overcome and those who would like a more leisurely pace through the course are welcome to take their time.

Since beginning in 2010, Wickham said she has seen the Ash Kicker grow steadily, and one new team this year came from Winlock’s own School District. Superintendent Shannon Criss, who was one of nine teachers and administrators participating in the race—all for the first time—said participation had been encouraged by Head Football Coach Mike Voie, who was also among those running.

Money raised by Ash Kicker will go to local non-profit groups supporting healthy living and education.

Around 30 obstacles had been set up throughout the course, from the messy to the exhausting. Participants were by no means required to traverse all of them, as the race was a fundraiser and meant for fun.

Competing for the first time was a nine-person team of administrators and teachers from the Winlock School District. Here they are posing with two students who has been participating on another team.

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