Annual Beast on the Bay Course Takes Over Presque Isle

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It’s an athletic event that’s become a tradition for many in recent years. Kristen Nielsen tells us more about this year’s Beast on the Bay event.

The Barber Beast on the Bay is an event that invites people of all athletic abilities to tackle this miles-long course complete with dozens of obstacles. Shaunel Thurston is competing for the first time this year. She has an entourage of family cheering her on.

“I went through the swamp. I tried to do the wall climb. That didn’t go so well, and I just did the tubes.  Now, we’re on to the next one,” said Thurston about her first time on the beast course.

Her family is also the reason she’s here today.

“That’s my mom. So, my mom you know, motivated me to come out. It’s for the kids and everything so I’m here to support,”added Thurston.

Many who participate in this event in every year say it’s just a lot of fun to run this style of obstacle course. Others do so because the cause is close to their heart like this father-daughter team. They’re battling the beast and they’re winning.

“Well, it’s fun, we love obstacle courses but we have a niece, well he has a grand daughter and I have a niece who is autistic so, we run this in honor of her,” said Bobbi Jo and James Gill.

This event is a huge fundraiser for the Barber National Institute which works with children and adults with Autism as well as a variety of intellectual and behavioral issues. The course, serving as a reminder of the obstacles that face those with disabilities on a daily basis.

“Anything for a good cause, you know, it’s the best way to go. It;s the best way to spend a weekend, help people out and have fun at the same time,” added Bobbi Jo and James Gill.

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