VALE – Fourth of July week is always a busy time in Vale, and the festivities have added another event as the Viking Pillage and Plunder obstacle race will be in Vale on Saturday.

The obstacle course will be hosted as a fundraiser by the Vale Farmers and Crafters Association.

The inaugural Viking Pillage and Plunder will start at 9 a.m. at the south end of Wadleigh Park and will consist of a 2.32 mile course with 11 obstacles, a release from the VFCA states.

The first obstacle in the race will involve climbing down on a cargo net over Lytle Boulevard Bridge. After that, there will be two groups of hay stacks to climb over. Then the river to cross on another net, a tire pull, a mud pit, a climbing wall, a military crawl, an over and under grouping of poles and a tall hill to climb.

According to the release, there will be volunteers at every obstacle to hand out pieces of “plunder” that contestants will have to carry in a bag.

The winner of the contest (the one that finishes with all pieces of plunder in the fastest time) will receive a $1,000 prize.

According to the release, the VFCA will have an insurance policy for the day to cover any accidents and the Malheur County Sheriff’s Office will be there to direct traffic in town.

Those interested in the race can register at


Nik Streng is the sports reporter for the Argus Observer. He graduated from the University of Oregon in 2015 with a master's degree in journalism, after graduating from Pacific University in 2013 with a degree in creative writing.

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