Approximately 300 participants registered, according to event organizer Cory Abbott.
The highlight of past years’ events, “Muddin’ Mayhem,” – a muddy obstacle course where machines were put through the grueling test of mud-filled pits – was visibly missing this year.
Many participants were disappointed this program was cancelled.
Alex and Annie Dawe from Clarke’s Beach were looking forward to watching the event.
“The mud pit was good to watch, and it tows in more people,” said Alex, who did not participate in last year’s event as “it is hard on the machine.”
Abbott said the program change resulted from a survey for a change, as well as logistics and planning challenges.
Participants also noticed the lack of sponsors at this year’s event. Many were disappointed they did not receive sponsor merchandise, and also missed opportunities to check out outdoor machine-related gear and apparel.
A few participants mentioned the dash for cash, mussel boil up and guided tours were also missing.
Tammy Cain from St. John’s was disappointed at the cancellation of the guided tour, as she was looking forward to exploring some of the local trails.
Despite the changes, participants say they will be back next year for an opportunity to catch up with friends, old and new, and an excuse to take out their machines for a run and be outdoors.