Freak’n Farmer returns

A challenging obstacle race is returning to the South Okanagan.

The fifth annual Freak’n Farmer adventure obstacle course race, presented by Penticton Home Hardware and coordinated by Hoodoo Adventures and Covert Farms, will take place at Covert Farms on Saturday, Sept. 24.

“People return year after year for a day of Freak’n Farmer fun and we are thrilled to report that participant numbers are on the rise for this year’s race,” said Lyndie Hill with Hoodoo Adventures. “Teams of various sizes get into the spirit with creative costumes that add to the lively nature of the event.”

The day-long event, fit for the whole family, features 5K, 10K and 20K obstacle course races, along with two races geared to children.

Presented by Kubota Canada, the 3K Little Freak’n Farmer (for kids ages 6 to 12 years) and the .75K Mini Freak’n Farmer (for kids ages 3 to 6 years) will provide fun for little adventurers.

Registration costs to participate in the obstacle races vary based on course and age group.

In addition to acres of obstacles, Covert Farms will also play host to a post-race BBQ featuring farm-to-table offerings.

Wine tastings will be provided by the Oliver Osoyoos Winery Association; local breweries will also raise a glass to the event with beer tastings. Live music will entertain the crowd throughout the day.

All obstacles for the Freak’n Farmer are covert until the day of the event. Twenty five obstacles will be featured throughout the course.

Spectators are welcome to catch the action with hop-on/hop-off farm transportation available by donation with partial proceeds going to a local charity.

A $25 spectator fee includes lunch and a glass with two tickets to sample local wine and beer.

“We look forward to this event all year,” said Gene Covert with Covert Farms. “The Freak’n Farmer showcases the unique landscape of the South Okanagan and we can’t wait to unveil the awesome obstacles we have planned for this year’s event.”

For out of town participants, Watermark Beach Resort in Osoyoos is offering special Freak’n Farmer rates for accommodation on Sept. 23 and 24.

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