For centuries explorers have tried and failed to find evidence of the legendary Yeti, – now runners are being challenged to catch one.
The Avalanche Run at Wrongs Farm in Sibbertoft on Sunday, February 17, is inviting people to chase the Yeti across a challenging 10km course.
The Yeti came to Harborough last week to help promote the race. Click on the Yeti Gallery Multimedia Link on the right (or below if you are reading this on a mobile device) to view a gallery of photos from the visit.
Its organisers are even guaranteeing snow, bringing in two lorry-loads of the white stuff – transported from SnoZone in Milton Keynes – in case Mother Nature lets them down.
Runners will start the race in a pen, with the Yeti given a head start. They will then be released to music and blue smoke, chasing the mythical Himalayan ape-man across challenging terrain.
The first person to catch the Yeti will have the honour of leading him around on a lead after the race.
There will aso be prizes for first, second and third to complete the course in both men’s and women’s sections.
Everyone who takes part will get a free glass of Sweaty Yeti ale to enjoy afterwards.
Organisers Quest Events and promoters AWOL Adventures are hoping about 300 runners will take part.
Runners are being encouraged to raise sponsorship for the Children’s Air Ambulance, which it is hoped will complete a flypast as the race sets off.
Ashley Langton, of Quest Events, said: “I ran the course the other morning and it is going to be tough. But that shouldn’t scare people off doing it. Some people will race it but others will stick together in groups and have a laugh with it.”
Quest also runs the Farmageddon run – formerly known as Farmyard Frolics – set to take place in Melton on April 20 and the Twilight Run in Sibbertoft in September.
The Avalanche Run has been going for three years but this is the first time the Yeti has been involved.
Greg Goodall, business development director for AWOL Adventures, a social network for people who enjoy outdoor pursuits, said: “We’re trying to encourage people who are up for doing challenges to come along. We we also want people to come along and spectate. We’ll have a DJ and refreshments. It’s going to be epic.”
To register to run visit www.avalancherun.co.uk.