Long Island Adventure Race Proposed For EPCAL

Family-friendly event would include obstacle courses and a run.

Yet another proposal was pitched for an activity to take place at Enterprise Park at Calverton on Thursday.

Riverhead residents Chris Witt and Bill Borges came before the Riverhead Town board at a weekly work session to present a proposal for the "Long Island Adventure Race," a safe, family friendly 3.6 mile "mud run," and "warrior dash" that would take place at EPCAL.

The run would present obstacles such as climbing walls and challenges; the goal, organizers said, is to have 500 or more participants, as well as spectators.

Organizers asked for two dates, May 25, 2013, and Aug. 10, 2013. Three to  five days would be needed before the race for set-up, with one day for clean-up.

Witt said with a parking lot that can accomodate 200 people, provisions would need to be made for overflow parking.

Southampton Town Supervisor Sean Walter said if the event is to move forward, he would like to see a donation to the town's youth bureau.

Witt and Borges said the event would be free for spectators with an admission fee for participants; sponsorships for the event would be sought.

Walter said before the board makes a decision, he would like to see a proposed budget. 

Witt assured a donation to the town would be made, regardless of whether or not the event made a profit. "We're not doing this to line our pockets," he said. 

Councilwoman Jodi Giglio said before proceeding, she would like to make sure parking cars on the grasslands was acceptable with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. The town, she said, has worked diligently on a subdivision plan for EPCAL and she did not want to see anything to interrupt the process.

Walter told the organizers to move forward with preparing a budget for review.

Pete Scalzo November 30, 2012 at 02:02 AM
Sounds like a fun wholesome family event. I also read about the Paragliding club speaking at a work session a few weeks ago. My question is. Why do these nice folks get invited to make their proposals to the Town Board while the motorsports community gets ignored? I have a Letter Of Intent on file with the Town of Riverhead outlining my proposal to build and operate a temporary drag strip at EPCAL. I am sure that there are many questions that need to be addressed as it relates to this venture. A few months ago I was put on the agenda to speak at a work session. The main topic of this meeting was to discuss plans to conduct a sound test. Less than 24 hours before this meeting I was told it was cancelled. As of this date, it has not been rescheduled. Has the decision already been made by all of the Town Board members that there will NEVER be a drag strip at EPCAL? If so then just TELL US. Pete Scalzo.


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