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Promontory Park, 4X Nation team up to host offroading event along the Clackamas River

FILE PHOTO - Competitive events during Wheelers by the Water will test many elements of participating vehicles, including suspension.

Off-road vehicles will take center stage at an upcoming event at Promontory Park.

Park staff and members of the nonprofit group 4X Nation have teamed up to host Wheelers by the Water, an event that will feature a variety of competitive events for 4x4 vehicles, activities for children, a raffle, live music and a beer and wine garden. Wheelers by the Water is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12.

Tyler LeFebvre, president and founder of 4X Nation, is looking forward to bringing members of the offroading community to Promontory Park.

"Promontory is the gateway to LaDee Flats (OHV area)," he said. "It's one of the last things you go by until you turn and head up the hill. We want to showcase the store and marina, and everything that's right there (at Promontory Park)."

Competitive events and challenges at Wheelers by the Water will include a show-and-shine competition, an RTI ramp competition and a most prepared challenge.

LeFebvre is particularly looking forward to the RTI ramp competition, which measures how well a vehicle's suspension works.

"(It measures) how far you can get up the ramp, with one tire on the ramp and the other three on the ground," he explained.

Activities for children will include a coloring contest.

LeFebvre encourages anyone interested to attend the event. There is a pre-registration fee of $20 per vehicle for those who wish to participate in competitive events, but otherwise admission is free. Pre-registration is available at www.eventbrite.com/e/wheelers-by-the-water-tickets-34170404600.FILE PHOTO - Wheelers by the Water is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12, at Promontory Park. The event will feature a variety of competitions.

LeFebvre said the event will appeal to a variety of people, whether they're experienced or new to the world of off-roading.

"I love bringing in new people, who have never gone wheeling, and showing them the ropes," he said. "From my experience, when we get together to enjoy a day in the woods with friends four-wheeling, everybody lays down their differences, and they're united under one cause, having fun in the woods. Religion or political views don't matter."

Proceeds from the event will go toward 4X Nation's clean up, trail building and other efforts to support off-road recreation.

LeFebvre praised staff at Promontory Park for their partnership.

"It's really a joint venture between Promontory Park and 4X Nation," he said. "They've really partnered up with us to make this happen."

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