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Wicked weekend, dude

Tim Mutrie

They drank like delinquents, they skated like, well, the pros they are, and, allegedly, set fire to 240 tons of hay at a nearby ranch.Want truly messy vitality, raw and uncensored? Look no farther than the first Carbondale Run presented by Thrasher magazine, held last Saturday, Aug. 21, at the new skatepark at the former North Face site.A skateboarding gathering styled after South Dakota’s famous Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, the event brought together approximately 2,000 skaters and fans for a weekend of skating, partying, camping and punk music – and, as it turned out, lots of mud and a palpable feeling of old-fashioned Western lawlessness.Pros in attendance included Lance Mountain, a 40-year-old legend from Los Angeles, 14-year-old phenom Ryan Sheckler, Tony Trujillo, Omar Hasson and Chris Senn. However, rain washed out the scheduled contest lineup, and the event gave way to impromptu jam sessions (when the concrete bowls were dry), fireworks displays, mud slides and general chaos.Somehow, everyone pretty much got along and had fun.Then, about 9 p.m. Saturday, a hay-bale blaze ignited at the Nieslanik ranch, located up a scrubby hillside from the sprawling, muddy headquarters of the festival. Officials suspect that careless attendees – with fireworks or an illegal campfire – touched it off.On Wednesday, one Carbondale resident reported the smoke had largely dissipated. “Much better today,” he said. “We had to keep the windows closed for a couple days.”Carbondale hasn’t decided whether to host the event again.


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