Hit paydirt, at Buccaneer run

If low-down, dirty pirates are your thing, you’ll find plenty of them in Newport this Saturday, July 14, as the Buccaneer Rampage Mud Obstacle Race returns for another bout of muddy mayhem.

The race will see runners in pirate garb crawling through mud pools, scaling walls and clambering up cargo netting in their pursuit of prizes and pirate glory.

“This race is designed to be fun and challenging while appealing to a wide range of participants. It’s not your typical 5K race,” says Mike Cavanaugh, sports coordinator for Newport Parks and Recreation. “It’s more of an adventure for everyone participating.”

“Each year, we try to add to the previous year’s race,” he added. “We hope to have some new obstacles that everyone will like.”

Prizes will be given to the best male and female pirate costume and the top male and female in the competitive division. There will be music, food and a beer garden throughout the day.

“If you don’t want to race, come out and cheer on the racers,” Cavanaugh said. “Spectating is free and it’s fun to watch everyone get dirty!”

This year’s Buccaneer Rampage begins at 11 am at Newport Municipal Airport and runs until 3 pm. Advance registration is available for $40 at www.buccaneerrampage.com through July 13. Race-day registration is $45 and will close 15 minutes prior to the race. There is also a kids’ race towards the end of the day, which costs $10.

All proceeds from the event go towards the youth scholarship program at the Newport Recreation Center, which allows children from economically disadvantaged households the opportunity to participate in recreation programs.

Newport Parks and Recreation is also in need of volunteers for this event. To help out, email M.Cavanaugh@NewportOregon.gov or call 541-574-5453.

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