The sixth annual Beat The Creek (BTC) G6-style RC event for crawlers and trail trucks was held on May 1st and 2nd in Maysville, Kentucky. People came out in droves to camp, run the miles of trails, checkout out the many RC vendors and just plain’ole enjoy time with family and friends. A record 830 drivers, family and spectators enjoyed the perfect weather in Northeast Kentucky.
BTC has been held annually on Joe and Sue Hauke’s 84 acre farm near Maysville since 2016. Founded by Joe Hauke, the event gained steam after he had some friends come out for a “test the waters” event back in 2015. With many deer trails on his property and some awesome creeks that run through it, it’s clear to see that the land was a perfect place to host an RC crawling event. The rest is history and BTC has climbed the ranks to become one of the best and well attended RC crawling events in the world.
The first event in 2016 featured a couple trails and about 70 hardy souls who came out in the cold and rain to run the trails. The weather was a challenge but all had a great time. Joe asked at the end of the event, “Do you all want to do this again?” and the answer was a resounding, “YES!!!” It was pretty apparent that this event was going somewhere he and friends thought.
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Joe became friends with Chris Lindgren at that event. Chris was new to the hobby but passionate about RC Crawling. He was impressed with the entire event, the farm and the down to earth Hauke family. Since then Joe, Sue and Chris have co-hosted the event and shared the duties of getting sponsors, attracting vendors, organizing the prize giveaways, maintaining existing trails, cutting new trails and with the help of close friend Brian Yelton, built the famous RC Fun Barn that features some of the most unique crawling experiences you can have with a tiny truck.
As mentioned, this year had record attendance and the event hosted five unique and challenging trails for drivers to run over two-days of this non-competitive, family friendly, run what you want event. The trails were between 0.7 and 1.2 miles in length and took any where from one to three hours to complete. The feature rich trails featured dirt single tracks, rock sections, mud sections, creek crossings, creek runs, hill climbs and more. Each of the trails had a little something for everyone and every kind of rig.
The most popular trails, Trail #1, has “The Creek” that the event is named for. Drivers must ascend up about a half mile creek that features some of the best scale crawling around and has a multitude of lines that will test any class of truck. The Creek changes from year to year which keeps returning drivers on their toes and always challenges the new Beat The Creekers.
Trail #4 has “The Barn,” a test of nerves for even the most veteran of drivers. The Barn has also evolved over the years with more and more “surprises” added each year. This year featured a start where you drive on man-made obstacles attached to the outside of the barn up to eye level, enter into the barn through a small door and then ascend and descend between the first and second level of the barn through a series of bridges, chicken wire, firehose… sometimes 20 feet in the air until finally a “safe” slide down an actual slide ends this awesome crawling experience. If you get through all this you have “Beat The Barn”!
The past few years there have been side events such as the BTC Shootout. A fun friendly timed competition that is run on the “Rock Garden” and “Play Area” portion of Trail #2. Also this year, a 1/24th-scale course was built in the “Dirt Arena,” which allowed people to play with the little guys and also take part in a fun competition if desired.
The Dirt Arena also featured a Semi-Truck demo and competition and a Construction Equipment area where you could dig, push and load dirt all day if you wanted. All side events happened and Sunday saw awards being handed out as well as a crowd favorite drawing for big prizes donated by the dozens of event sponsors. Thanks to the generosity of these sponsors, nearly every driver and definitely every child in attendance received a door prize. To checkout more news and action from BTC go join the “Beat The Creek Group Page” on Facebook.
“..this year had record attendance and the event hosted five unique and challenging trails for drivers to run over two-days..”