TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – April 12, 2011 -
Tallahassee’s diverse outdoor activities just hit higher ground with the addition of an exciting new experience: the “Abandoned Fields Festival and Adventure Race.” April 23, residents of all ages – from families, college students and working professionals – are expected to embrace this unique festival in a thrilling outdoor adventure.
The project is the brainchild of Casie Reinholt. A Tallahassee native, she moved back to the capital city from Tampa last year and noticed a void in the region’s annual events. ‘Abandoned Fields’ – believed to be the literal Appalachee meaning for the name “Tallahassee” – is expected to become an annual attraction for the community. This event unites two of Tallahassee’s favorite things: an adventure and a party.
Reinholt became involved with the Knight Creative Communities institute (KCCI), and has since worked to invigorate and connect Tallahassee’s residents and college students. Her passion and dedication to the community are the strength behind the Abandoned Fields Festival, produced by Tallahassee’s own Social Design Group, in partnership with the KCCI.
"Our goal is to provide an action-packed day of adventure for competitors and spectators at the race,” said Reinholt. “The race is followed by a fun-filled exploration of exciting Midtown establishments where the public is invited to enjoy in the ‘Adventures in Midtown’ festival atmosphere."
The big event begins Saturday, April 23 at 9 a.m., when contenders and spectators will gather at Tom Brown Park to partake in Tallahassee’s newest and most unique outdoor adventure. Teams ranging from two to four participants will challenge each other in running, biking and paddling. Teams must navigate through the three legs of the race together using a compass. The race also entails checkpoints, complete with physical and mental challenges, after which teams will stamp their course passport at the completion of every challenge. More than 250 racers are registered to contend.
More timid adventurers are invited to gather at the “base camp” while friends and family members navigate the course. Entertainment, as well as local and regional businesses, vendors and organizations, will showcase interactive exhibits. Exhibitors include health and fitness, eco and green living initiatives, local artists, universities, special interest groups and other area specialty shops.
After recovering from the challenge, the morning’s adventure race shifts to an evening of “Adventures in Midtown.” Grab a map and passport, which contains clues to various Midtown hot spots. Navigate your way to each venue, complete a challenge and enjoy a free beer or give-a-way. Stamp the Abandoned Fields passport to redeem special deals at local restaurants and businesses all night long. Enjoy live musical entertainment throughout the course.
All members of the community are welcome at the Manor at Midtown Celebration. You do not have to participate in the race to enjoy the night’s festivities, and can simply purchase the “Adventures in Midtown” passport at the Abandoned Fields Welcome Tent to join in the challenge.
For more information and to register for the race, please visit www.abandonedfields.com.