Tuesday, July 3, 2018
Weekend Race Report - Tough Like RORR
The weekend leading into July 4th, 2018 could go down as one of the most brutal races in history. The Reading Off Road Riders (RORR) held their annual PA State Championship Extreme Off Road Event labeled "Tough Like RORR" in 95 + degree heat in the Reading Anthracite coal region just south of the town of Tamaqua, Pa.
The deep dark coal from the region gets you off to a labored start.
This would be the fourth year now for this annual event and the RORR club sure does know how to build a "Tough" course. Riders need to complete three heat races over two days on different courses with the top 50 fastest combined times moving on to the 50 man main event on Sunday afternoon. This years temps were brutal and out of the 199 riders who started the event, word has it only 10 finished.
This year Trail Jesters sponsored a separate Women's event within the main event
offering up a $1000 purse.
Taylor Johnston would race to the first place finish.
There were many sponsors on the weekend with Kenda tires being at the top of the list.
As you can see above the payouts were phenomenal with the top prize being $5000 to win.
RORR always does a great job and this event would be no different. The final course ended up being a 15.5 mile loop with riders attempting to do 2.5 laps. The club had members situated all over the course and water stops and assistance were available along the way. In the end only ten men would complete the total laps with most pulling off after one with either a machine malfunction or total heat exhaustion.
2016 Tough Like RORR Champ Ben Kelley (530) would take the win again in 2018.
2017 Tough Like RORR winner Josh Toth would finish a close second
with Grant Baylor rounding out the top three.
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