The East Coast Off-Road Racing Series (ECORRS) is planning another event in Harlan. The Harlan Outdoor Recreation Board discussed the event during a meeting Wednesday.
Board member Ken Crider advised the panel of the upcoming event.
“The East Coast Off-Road Racing Series is having an event at the Black Mountain Off-Road Adventure Area this weekend,” said Crider. “They’re supposed to have four different races in three different classes — modified truck, stock truck and UTV.”
ECORRS has previously held events at Black Mountain Off-Road Adventure Area.
“Actually, this is their second event in Harlan County this year,” added board member Ronnie Shoope.
According to board chairman Dallas Gilbert, the race is a “pretty big deal” in the off-road industry.
Shoope said the upcoming event is ECORRS biggest race of the year.
“This is their finale,” said Shoope.
Gilbert said about 40 people have signed up to run in the race.
Participants in the ECORRS event will be qualifying today with the actual races being held Saturday.
The board also discussed the possibility of featuring a Bounty Hill Run at the park.
According to Gilbert, a bounty run is done by charging an entry fee from participants which is placed into a pot. The entrants then attempt to climb a designated hill in their off-road vehicles. Whoever successfully climbs the hill wins the pot.
Shoope mentioned the board should check into possible liability issues of featuring a bounty hill climb.
Gilbert confirmed they would check on insurance requirements and other liability issues before proceeding.
There has also been an issue with deer hunters on park property.
“We ran about 12 deer hunters off Monday,” said Crider.
Gilbert said they had put no trespassing signs up in the morning, but by noon the signs had already been torn down.
According to Gilbert, this is a safety concern.
“We don’t need high powered rifles popping off where people are riding through the park,” said Gilbert.
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