Meet happens despite last minute course controversy

by Angela Denning-Barnes on August 26, 2013

Even though there was some uncertainty Friday about whether Bethel’s cross country meet was a go, it did happen on Saturday.The controversy surrounded the use of the sand pit and liability issues with the Sportman’s Club of Bethel which runs the gun range at the sand pit.

The Bethel gun club’s insurance covers shooting activities and not running so they didn’t want to approve the meet which was brought to their attention a few days before.

The school district approached the city about using the sand pit Thursday.

City Manager, Lee Foley, tried to work with the school district and gun club to come up with a solution.

The gun club ended up meeting Friday evening and came up with a compromise. They would hold an open house on Saturday which would allow the public to come and go on the property without liability issues.

The meet qualifies the Lower Kuskokwim School District to hold a regional meet here in September.

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