SLOP 3… Running of the Goats Can’t Bleat Fiegl!

bleeeeat!
bleeeeat!
Skip joins in the SLOP!
Skip joins in the SLOP!

The field for the third race in the SLOP FEST series was the largest yet.  Six competitors raced from Beaver Rd to the top of Schoolhouse Hill.  Jason Fiegl put in the best time, and continued to sit atop the SLOP FEST leader board.  Of note, Patch Sprint legend, Tim “Skip” Singer made his SLOP debut.   Singer had warmed up with nine holes at the Willsboro Golf Course before putting his running shoes on for the race.  Singer just happened to be in town for one of Willsboro’s greatest Pamplona-esque traditions, the annual running of the goats

Willsboro's Running of the Goats
Willsboro's Running of the Goats

In a nutshell, tradition states that villagers run with the goats down Reber Road hoping not to be gored as they make their way to the 1812  Homestead.   Unbeknownst to the SLOP FEST organizers, the moving up of today’s start time conflicted with this time-honored tradition.  After racers had completed the day’s event, they inadvertantly got caught up in the running of the goats.  Trying to get out of the way, the weary competitors scampered up Bare Mt. only to be followed by two of the goats, now affectionately known as Baphomet and Mendes

Baphomet and Mendes
Baphomet and Mendes

In the end, it was the goats, not the racers, who had to be rescued as they completely wore themselves out ascending to the Bare spot.  Mendes panted and chortled his way up before he was corralled and herded back down the left-hand path by the SLOP FEST competitors.  The triumphant racers returned the goats to the safety of the Homestead and were praised by many villagers for their bravery.

Kobak and the Goat of Mendes at the Bare Spot
Kobak and the Goat of Mendes at the Bare Spot

SLOP FEST #3 final standings:

name difficulty racer hdcp threshold time BONUS total pts
fiegl 0.349 1.00 0:27:00 0:22:01 1.73 0.953
kobak 0.349 1.08 0:27:00 0:22:58 1.40 0.942
ross 0.349 1.12 0:27:00 0:23:33 1.20 0.910
rose 0.349 1.01 0:27:00 0:24:10 0.98 0.706
moffett 0.349 1.02 0:27:00 0:26:10 0.29 0.460
singer 0.349 1.00 0:27:00 0:27:00 0.00 0.349
goats 0.349 0.250 0:27:00 0:27:00 0.00 0.087
Fiegl enjoys the view from atop the SLOP FEST standings
Fiegl enjoys the view from atop the SLOP FEST standings

SLOP FEST OVERALL STANDINGS after 3 labors:

name labors SLOP Rating new hdcp
fiegl 3 1.786 1.00
kobak 3 1.690 1.06
rose 3 1.687 1.06
ross 3 1.637 1.09
moffett 3 1.599 1.12
singer 1 0.449 3.98
zoe 1 0.328 0.25
goats 1 0.187 0.25
If you thought SLOP 3 was good, imagine the exciting challenges that await competitors in SLOP #4!
If you thought SLOP 3 was good, imagine the exciting challenges that await competitors in SLOP #4!

SLOP FEST #4 will take place next Thursday.  Racers will meet at the snowplow turn-around just south of the Poko trailhead at 5 pm for the first of two SLOP FEST time trials up Poko-Moonshine Mountain!  Be there!

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