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3/27/2014 3:04:00 PM
Pinehaven gets permit for Hard Charge obstacle course events

The Wyoming City Council granted Pinehaven Farm a special permit last week to allow a unique event to happen there in May. The “Hard Charge” circuit is bringing its “military inspired” competitive obstacle course to the Christmas tree farm on the west edge of Wyoming. The event is Saturday, May 17 Hard Charge contests are televised on the Fox Sports Channel and on Comcast Sportsnet.

Hard Charge explains in a news release that it is affiliated with the Childrens Miracle Network hospitals, and the Pinehaven event will benefit Gillette Childrens Specialty Healthcare in the Twin Cities. The release states, “...as part of the partnership Hard Charge donates to the hospital a portion of participant registration fees.” Hospitals in the Childrens Miracle Network are also featured during breaks in the obstacle course action in taped pieces on “heartwarming success stories” in health care. According to Wyoming building official Fred Weck the council applied several conditions to the May 17 events at Pinehaven to help ensure the activities are safe and fun for all. This is an Interim Use Permit that expires May 19. Event organizers expect 2,000 people might show up as spectators and contestants; but council was told not everybody arrives and exits at the same time, as classes and age groups are spread over the day. Council agreed there needs to be room for 750 vehicles.

~ Parking will be on-site. Pinehaven is on the edge of I-35, on the gravel frontage road north of Village Inn and the Family Pathways Thrift Store. The road will have dust control (watering) provided before and during the event by Pinehaven.

~ Staff will inspect before and after the day to assess any environmental damages (wetlands, etc.) ~ The event has its own emergency crews to handle injuries, but the council wants police on-site at the applicants’ cost.

~ Weck said a temporary beer sales license is also expected to be applied for. Want to compete? The course can be run by those who do it just for fun and are allowed to skip obstacles. Competitors are not timed. Registration for this CHARGE for Fun is $64. To compete to win a trophy in the world class obstacle course racing arena, and to see your race televised, the CHARGE for Glory category is what you want. This is $84. Adult men and women compete seperately. This year youngsters will have their own event in the Kidz Heat. This is broken into ages 5-13 and 17 to 17. Find all the details on HardCharge.com or check Facebook. Registrations are taken until May 14.

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