Rebel yell

First Rebel Race is set to take place at Hurd’s Farm in Modena

by Megan Labrise
May 26, 2011 11:54 AM | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Rebels run a military-style 5K or 15K, incorporating barricade-climbing, mud-crawling, rope-swinging and fire-jumping.
Nine-to-five, daily grind, you’re pants-pressed stressed. But on the weekend -- o, the glorious weekend! -- you howl at the moon and push your body to perform feats unthinkable, disregarding dirt, pain and strain. You, sir or madam, are a red-blooded rebel. Unleash the weekend warrior within at the first ever Rebel Race, to be held June 11-12 at Hurd’s Family Farm in Modena. Rebel Race is dedicated to providing that much-needed adrenaline rush to rogue athletes and renegade recreationists nationwide.

“Non-conformity, ditching the suit and tie. Getting out of the daily grind. That has been one of our biggest inspirations,” said Jon Maresch, Operations Manager.

Registered rebels run a military-style 5K or 15K, incorporating barricade-climbing, mud-crawling, rope-swinging and fire-jumping, designed to push participants to their extremes. Once the obstacles are navigated, rebels will revel, enjoying food, beer and live entertainment with fellow muddy miscreants.

“This is different from your typical 5K: go to a race, run in a race and, in a couple of hours, it’s over. This is a weekend event that encourages you to enjoy yourself and stay longer. It’s going to be crazy-glorious. It’s going to be awesome,” said Maresch.

Participants will run in waves throughout both days, pounding dry ground, whipping through waterways and everything in between. While the full course layout is different for each location, the course layout for New York can be found on Maresch confided two challenges to look forward to: “Creepy Creek,” a low-down waterway obstacle and “Hell at the Himalayas,” a steep-grade slope made of mud. The farm’s beautiful apple orchards will be adding to the aesthetic and excitement.

“You won’t be able to see around the next turn. You don’t know what’s coming up next. You’re in the orchard, running up and down hills, and through the woods -- every corner is a new surprise. It’s going to be a beautiful, challenging course,” said Maresch.

While racers can attest their times at the finish line, there’s no winner in the traditional sense -- that’s not the rebel way. However, there will be prizes at the end of the day for Best Rebel Costume, Best Bod and Muddiest Guy and Girl.

For those who’ve never run a race, Maresch says it’s possible to achieve the 5K without formal training.

“For a 5K, I would say anybody can run it. If you’ve run before, if you can run a couple miles, you can run three. You can walk in between and around obstacles. Everybody from couch potato to ironman,” he said.

Those who remain unconvinced, but still want to check out all the action can attend as spectators. Dress up in support of your rebel friends and enjoy live music, classic barbecue and a fireworks show on Saturday night. “If you’re not running in the race, you should come and watch. It’s something you’ve never seen before, and everyone is invited. We’re all about having good times. That’s what rebels are all about. The more the merrier, we always say,” he said.

Rebel Race registration is $85 for a 5K Wave, $100 for a 15K Wave. The fee includes participation in the race, bib number, Rebel sports sack pack, Rebel T-shirt, one free beer ticket (for runners 21 and older), finisher medal and all the mud you can carry.

For more information or to register online, visit

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