HAVERHILL — Call it Haverhill’s Woodstock, with a physical fitness twist.
A few thousand people are expected to converge on a sprawling East Broadway farm starting Friday night, Nov. 9, for a “weekend-long party” culminating in a series of cross-country “military-style” obstacle course races across the property Saturday and Sunday.
Contestants and spectators have been invited to rent camp sites for the weekend and enjoy a live band, barbecue and beer and wine bar set up by the river on the 8-acre Kimball Farm property.
“Rebel Race is a weekend getaway for athletes that 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,” according to the promotional material. “Cross the finish line and bask in the glory of tons of beer, food, live entertainment and many new friends covered in mud.”
An event organizer and Tyler Kimball, a veteran Haverhill firefighter and local farmer who is hosting the event, told the city’s License Commission last week they are expecting about 2,500 contestants and up to 1,000 cars.
The commission approved a one-day liquor license for the event from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.
Police Sgt. Dana Burrill said police Chief Alan DeNaro OK’d the event after meeting with Kimball. The department does have some concerns about overnight camping, parking, noise and other potential impacts to neighbors, Burrill said. In light of those concerns, the commission set several conditions on the event, including that parking is prohibited on East Broadway, that all music stop by 6 p.m. Saturday and that organizers hire at least three private security guards to watch campers and partying at night.