2012-09-28 / Front Page

Feeling trapped?

Beach race gets boot camp treatment
By Tracy Orzel
Special contributor


Participants hit the first obstacle, a series of lobster trap hurdles, at the 2012 Beach RAID held Saturday morning at Gooch’s Beach in Kennebunk. (Kevin A. Byron photo) Participants hit the first obstacle, a series of lobster trap hurdles, at the 2012 Beach RAID held Saturday morning at Gooch’s Beach in Kennebunk. (Kevin A. Byron photo) KENNEBUNK – Amid groups of stretching participants, 2-year-old Gloria Lampron weaves in and out of the last leg of the Beach RAID obstacle course with her mother in tow.

Both are there to support Adam Lampron, who is competing in his first race.

“My brother-in-law brought it up to me. We’ve been doing P90X and he said after we’re done, why don’t we do this,” Lampron said. “I think this is a good way to start it off.”

Set up for the race, which took place at 9 a.m. on Sept 23, began six hours earlier at 3 a.m. The Beach RAID, owned by RAID Events, LLC and produced by Aura360 and Tri-Maine Enterprises, consists of a series of intense beach-themed obstacles and boot camp stations along Gooch’s and Mother’s beaches in Kennebunk.


Tim Spang of Kennebunkport competed in the men’s 40-to-49-year-old division at Saturday’s Beach RAID. Right, Competitors in the 20-to-29-year-old women’s division break from the starting line. (Kevin A. Byron photos) Tim Spang of Kennebunkport competed in the men’s 40-to-49-year-old division at Saturday’s Beach RAID. Right, Competitors in the 20-to-29-year-old women’s division break from the starting line. (Kevin A. Byron photos) On the 3.1-mile course, runners face lobster trap hurdles, a cargo net climb, a balance beam, a cobblestone hill climb, sandbag carry, Marine hurdles, a boot camp station and cargo net crawl.

Participants close out the race with a climb over an eight-foot finish wall.

According to RAID Events Event Director Will Thomas, the Beach RAID “is more geared towards the fitness enthusiasts and people who want a new challenge that isn’t just a running race. But they don’t want to do the big muddy stuff,” referring to popular Tough Mudder competitions. “So we’re offering an alternative to those folks.”

Leslie Carroll, owner of Get Out There Fitness, led over 300 participants in a group warm up just before the race began. Since 2006, Leslie has run a local beach boot camp, which was the inspiration for the event. Her fiancĂ© and event organizer, Jack Fleming, said, “Leslie’s Beach boot camp was the reason we started. I was working for Aura360 and we came up with the theme and they jumped in and started. They worked with us to do it last year. They now own Beach RAID.” Leslie and her company remained heavily involved with this year’s event as the fitness sponsor, training runners like Tim Spang of Kennebunkport.

Armed with a boogie board and beach ball, Spang competed along with his daughter, Jamie, and son, Clayton. Spang, who has been participating in Leslie’s program off and on for three years, calls Carroll “the energizer bunny.” He also credits her with helping ready him for the race. “Luckily, the one thing that prepares a lot of people for this is Get Out There Fitness,” said Spang, whose training for the race included half-mile runs followed by boot camp stations for 35 minutes.

On keeping up momentum throughout the race, Spang said, “I was lucky, my two kids were with me. That was the best part of the whole thing actually, running with my kids, and we ran as a team.”

Many participants said the most difficult part of the race was the boot camp station. “That actually was the most tiring,” said Spang. The lunges, the burpees and the [bear] crawl.”

The overall female winner, Laura Johnson agreed. “At that point in the race, it’s the end so your legs are pretty tired.”

The location of the race was an obstacle in itself. “You have sand too. It’s much more difficult than you imagine,” said Johnson.

Johnson, a marathon runner, said she enjoyed the Beach RAID because “when you have an obstacle, it forces you to engage, whereas when you’re running you can slow down and get bored” adding, “You’re doing the bear crawl that you did as a kid; it’s kind of fun to do that at this point in life.”

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