James Morton, The Thomaston Time
The first annual Eagle Cove Quest was held at Camp Thunder last Saturday to benefit Promise Place, an organization whose mission is to prevent domestic violence. The Eagle Cove Quest is what’s known as an extreme fitness race, a combination of a marathon foot race with rough terrain and obstacles to challenge competitors. Eagle Cove Quest is a 5-mile run and can take some racers up to two hours to complete. The course consists of a 45-degree uphill run; rough, mountainous terrain; running through streams of cold water; and obstacles that include a wall jump, a rope swing, a tractor trailer tire flip, climbing over multiple hay bales, crossing over streams of water on a rope, and a mud crawl, which included barbed wire so racers would have to crawl the entirety. One participant said, “I feel like I’m back in basic training.” Paul Sellers, one of the first racers to complete the course, had this to say about why a person competes in extreme fitness races, “It’s a way to test yourself and see where your limits are. And it’s a little bit of craziness.” Despite a brief thunderstorm during the race, which seemed only to add to the excitement for competitors, Eagle Cove Quest was a success. Event planners were excitedly looking forward to next year’s race. In the upper photo, three racers work their way through the mud crawl. In the right photo, a racer is all smiles as she completes a stream crossing by rope.