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Runners Take on Beast on the Bay

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A physical challenge, for a good cause. More than 700 competitors joined the Barber Beast on the Bay obstacle course run, to do just that. 

"It's an amazing cause and this makes it even better to be able to support something like that," said Shari Robinson, one of the runners from Erie. 

The Barber National Institute provides those with developmental disabilities the resources to become self-reliant. On Saturday, runners took on obstacles to contribute. 

At mile nine, for example, runners had to crab walk backwards towards a yellow rope attached to a 10-foot tall structure. The runners then had to climb over the rope netting, and descend down the other side.

Different people found different parts of the course most challenging. 

"Just running on the sand continuously," said Mike Chludzinsky. "The obstacles are okay, but running on the sand - the endurance, it just kills you." 

"I find the sand the hardest," Shari agreed, 

"Oh it was going across the rope ladders," said Joe Hudacky, age 71. Joe is the oldest runner in the Beast on the Bay, but was going strong. "I was looking for a fun challenge," he said.

Lilly Broadcasting also caught up with our reporter, Emily Welsh, another Beast on the Bay participant. 

"Oh the hardest part was definitely right in the beginning," said Emily. "They had these little hills, there were like 20 of them!" 

There was also a special adapted obstacle course - that was wheelchair friendly - for those with disabilities. 

"We looked it up on the Internet, and there was nothing like this. So this is definitely a first," said Kathy Schreckengost, a physical therapist at the Barber National Institute and the organizer of the adapted course. 

About 70 people participated in the 1.5 mile adapted course. 

"It was just incredible to see all of those people going," said Kathy. "Everyone is here having a great time." 

The overall race drew participants from 13 states, ages 18-71.

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