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.
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.
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.
SLOP FEST #3 final standings:
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SLOP FEST OVERALL STANDINGS after 3 labors:
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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!