Avid runner Brian Hickerson ran the 5K course on his own for one lap and then again to cheer on the last runners for another loop. (Photo by Aaron Ricca)
KINGMAN – A chilly Saturday morning got warmer as the running started and the blood started pumping.
More than 60 people made their way to the Lingenfelter Ranch north of Kingman for the 3rd Annual Right Crucible 5K Obstacle race to start the weekend and support Beale Street Theater.
Runners, walkers, kids and adults all jogged, crawled and swam through 16 obstacles of various challenges including rope swings, balance beams, a mud crawl and a knee-deep (chest-deep when they lost their footing) water puddle.
Organizer Anna Vernon Shuffler, Lingenfelter Family ranch hands, Kingman Young Marines and other volunteers we’re cheering on participants throughout the course.
The race was started three years ago to raise funds for Beale Street Theatre. So far about $1,500 a year in donations has been raised from the race.
Roughly 100 people have participated in past events, many of them children.
Doug Angle, CEO of Angle Homes, has started a grant matching program. For every dollar raised toward bringing Beale Street Theatre to life, Angle will match the amount up to $100,000.
The roof of the downtown building on the corner of Beale and Third streets was recently refurbished thanks to donations from Angle Homes and A-2-Z Roofing & Siding Co. The building still needs a lot of work, and the heavy snowstorm in February made that need more obvious.
“This was a dire issue,” said Beale Street Theatre co-manager Sara Peterson. “They jumped in and helped.”
Peterson ran the course with one of her sons. Four of her other children walked the course. All family members were muddy and accounted for.
“I like getting dirty,” said six-year-old Mark Peterson, who particularly liked the rope swing – the rope hanging over a shallow pit and dangling from the arch of a large excavator.
Shuffler was hoping for a bigger turnout but was in good spirits and enjoyed watching others enjoy the morning.
“There’s a lot going on between spring breaks, concerts and other activities in town,” she said. “All I wanted is for people to have fun and by the looks of it, they did.”