Are You Going To Beat The Beast?

ImageMark your calendar for Saturday, September 7 at Presque Isle State Park for the Barber Beast on the Bay.  You may have already seen publicity for the extreme obstacle challenge for adults, BUT we also have an adapted course, and yes, this is a fun event! If you are an adult, 18 years or older, and have autism or a developmental or physical disability, you too can participate.

You can “do your own thing” to get through it; walk, run, roll through in your chair, or be pushed in a chair by your buddy. Along the mile and a half route, you will navigate over paved road, packed dirt, sandy beach, grass, and ramps. You will encounter six obstacles including a cannon ball shuttle, boat rowing, wall climbing, beach run, and our version of Misery Bay (where you’re likely to get wet!)  The extra challenge along the way, should you accept it, is to navigate through a series of trees in the grass along the side of the road. For a description of the obstacles and course, check out our flyer!


There will be crew members at all the obstacles and along the course if you need assistance. Of course, feel free to skip an obstacle if you so choose. And you can have a “course buddy” accompany you free of charge for some extra help.

At the completion of the Beast on the Bay, you can enjoy refreshments and live music by Romantic Era at the Waldameer Park picnic pavilion in Erie, PA.

Ryan can’t decide whether to do the extreme obstacle course or the adapted course. I’m encouraging him to do the adapted course because it will be so much more fun! We’ll update you on his final decision.

If you’re not interested in participating, but are willing to volunteer, call 814-874-5583. Hundreds of volunteers are needed to make this fundraiser for the Dr. Gertrude A. Barber Foundation a success. You can help us make dreams come true for children and adults!

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