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Haverhill

November 8, 2012

Police to watch over runners, revelers at Rebel Race

Mayor promises 'close eye' on obstacle courses, party

HAVERHILL — City police officers will provide extra security at a weekend-long party starting tonight at Kimball Farm that includes overnight camping, a live concert and a series of “military-style” obstacle courses featuring fire pits and mud mountains.

Organizers said they expect several thousand people and up to 1,000 automobiles to converge on the eight-acre East Broadway farm for an event called Rebel Race, which has happened is various places around the country.

“The Rebel Race Series is designed for people feeling the urge to tackle intense obstacles,’’ reads promotional material on the race’s website.

Contestants and spectators have been invited to rent camp sites for the weekend and enjoy a beer and wine bar on the property from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow. The cross-country races are all day tomorrow and Sunday.

“Rebel Race is a weekend getaway for athletes who want to run a military-style 5k or 15k and then party like there’s no tomorrow,” according to the event’s website, which says recent events have been held in Maryland, Indiana, Dallas and New York.

“From start to finish, Rebel Race’s military obstacles will have you barricade-climbing, mud-crawling, rope-swinging and fire-jumping,” the promotional material reads. “Cross the finish line and bask in the glory of tons of beer, food, live entertainment and many new friends covered in mud.”

Kimball Farm is located at the rural east end of Haverhill, at the edge of the historic Rocks Village area.

Other than three detail officers, police Chief Alan DeNaro said his department has not taken any special precautions for the event because it is on private property.

“We have three detail officers that will respond to any situation that arises and a full complement of police and fire officers on duty,” DeNaro said in an email to The Eagle-Tribune. “We will be present to make sure everyone is safe.”

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