College Life Editor
On Sunday, April 12, the campus community gathered together to participate in the Warrior Extreme Challenge. Accepted students were present on the campus that day, putting the college in a good light among future students. People from all over, alumni and otherwise, arrived at the college around 10:30 a.m. for registration. Meanwhile, volunteers for the event had begun set-up at 8 a.m.
This year marked the 3rd Warrior Extreme Challenge. The idea was created by alumni, JR Wolff, who came up with the idea in 2013. According to Kelly Henrie, Physical Education Director, to get involved, “sign-ups for the Warrior Extreme Challenge are held in Student Programs about 3 weeks prior to the challenge. Here, students, faculty and staff and public can register. Also – if there are alumni or public that live too far away to come to Wertz to sign-up, there is also registration forms on our website where they can register.”
This year, about sixty-four people participated in the Warrior Extreme Challenge from the community and the campus alike.
Preparations begin in either late January or early February. Many people are involved in making this event possible, including Buildings and Grounds, Rec Center Staff, Intramural Staff and many volunteers from the different organizations around campus.
The event itself consists of many different obstacles that teams of participants have to work through, challenging them physically, emotionally, and mentally. Teamwork plays a big role in this challenge, and requires a lot of physical activity. Once teams reach the end, they are awarded with a t-shirt and snacks to celebrate completion.
This year, a new station was created in the pool section, adding some extra difficulty to the challenge as a whole. “The most popular event is variable by who you ask, but I would say that would be the new event in the pool. Buildings and grounds rigged wrestling mats atop of the water in succession and participants had to run across them without falling in the water. It’s harder than it looks! I would say that new event was the most talked about. The other event that was newly added was the tunnel. The participant had to army crawl under a low tarp with water on top. The participant had to push up on the water to persevere through the tunnel. It was quite fun to watch especially because participants had to crawl through mud,” said Henrie.
The event as a whole ran very smoothly and was a lot of fun for those who participated. It’s awesome to see the amount of camaraderie present during times like this on the campus.