2012-09-14 / Front Page

Beach Raid ready for Gooch’s visit

Raiders in training
By Emily Elliott
Staff Writer


Participants in the upcoming Beach Raid at Kennebunk get off to a fast start during a training session Saturday, Sept. 9 at Gooch’s Beach. The Beach Raid, a 3.1- mile race feturing beach-themed obstacles and boot camp stations, is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 22. (Kevin A. Byron photo) Participants in the upcoming Beach Raid at Kennebunk get off to a fast start during a training session Saturday, Sept. 9 at Gooch’s Beach. The Beach Raid, a 3.1- mile race feturing beach-themed obstacles and boot camp stations, is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 22. (Kevin A. Byron photo) KENNEBUNK – A Beach Raid, a new type of race on an obstacle course, is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 22 at Gooch’s Beach in Kennebunk.

The race is not just for the fantastically fit; Raid organizers encourage everyone to compete and challenge themselves.

The Beach Raid, according to the organization’s website, is a “cutting-edge race series designed for a new breed of cross training athlete.”

It features “varied terrain, largescale customized infrastructure, and extraordinary venues that range from picturesque beaches, to energized downtown metros, to breathtaking mountain sides.”


Jack Fleming of Kennebunkport raises his arms as he and the other participants in the Beach Raid training session reach the halfway point of the course at Mother’s Beach on Saturday, Sept. 8. Fleming is helping train competitors who will take part in the event. (Kevin A. Byron photo) Jack Fleming of Kennebunkport raises his arms as he and the other participants in the Beach Raid training session reach the halfway point of the course at Mother’s Beach on Saturday, Sept. 8. Fleming is helping train competitors who will take part in the event. (Kevin A. Byron photo) The Beach Raid is a 5K obstacle course race, that involves sections sand and pavement.

“We start at the stairs at Gooch’s Beach, run to Mother’s Beach and back,” said Leslie Carroll of Get Out There Fitness, one of the partners putting on the event.

The track at Gooch’s Beach is said to include “deep sand, beach-themed obstacles and a cycle of punishing boot camp stations,” according to the Raid website.

This is the race’s second year in Kennebunk.

Event organizer Jack Fleming, of Kennebunkport, said last year the event attracted 130 participants. He expects 300 racers this year.


Shannon Brown of Windham, and fellow participants, go through a training session for the Sept. 22 Beach Raid event that will take place at Gooch’s Beach in Kennebunk. The event is in its second year and organizers expect nearly 300 participants for the 5K race that features obstacles. (Kevin A. Byron photo) Shannon Brown of Windham, and fellow participants, go through a training session for the Sept. 22 Beach Raid event that will take place at Gooch’s Beach in Kennebunk. The event is in its second year and organizers expect nearly 300 participants for the 5K race that features obstacles. (Kevin A. Byron photo) “This race started because Leslie wanted to do something fun for her clients at end of year. We created a beach obstacle course race idea,” he said.

“Since we’re always outdoors on the beach for workouts, we use all elements on the beach for our workouts,” he said. “This race made perfect sense.”

At the end of the race, everyone gets a medal.“It’s about the challenge, participants are competing more with themselves than other contenders,” Fleming said.

Anyone can try the Beach Raid, Fleming said. “Usually we get a mix, some runners who can run a fast 5K, cross-fit trainers, obstacle trainers. A person who is all around fit and agile will be faster through this race.”

Bill Beaudoin, 43, of Kennebunkport, placed third overall last year and second in his age group.

He said he is really looking forward to this year’s event, even though he may have to compete with a hurt foot.

‘I’ve run a lot of road races over the years. I really like the challenge of this race and the variety of obstacles,” Beaudoin said.

To prepare for the race, Beaudoin said he mixes surfing, outdoor running, hockey, biking, even calisthetics. He doesn’t do much weight training in a gym.

“I just ran the Tough Mother race in Vermont earlier in the summer,” he said. “These events involve running, plus using all your other muscles on the obstacles as well. It doesn’t get boring.”

Beaudoin said the race is good for anyone who wants a unique challenge. He said competitors use their whole body in this type of race and compared it to a military training camp.

“My favorite part of the race is the competition. I love doing it,” he said. “My other favorite part is the after-party.”

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