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Students host adventure race

By Staff | Sep 26, 2014

Tim Chapman/PCT Adventure race participants duck, high-step and bend through the net of string tied at the walking path bridge near the Jaycees Park. Pictured (left to right) are Mykell Heidlebaugh, Alyson Mundahl and Mariah Hjelden. Kayla Johnson and Tami Mayer approach the bridge.

The Rugby walking path and areas nearby morphed into an obstacle course Sept. 20 for a 5K adventure race.

A 100-foot slip ‘n’ slide shot about 30 participants west down the long hill opposite Little Flower Cemetery. A slower challenge awaited people at the path’s bridge near the Jaycees Park. Students put an endless net of orange string over the bridge, forcing participants to meticulously maneuver their ways across.

The race was just one part of the RHS Community Block Party, hosted by RHS study abroad program. A bison burger feed, dad olympics and screening of “Monsters University” followed at the school, as about $1,800 was raised for the program’s trip to Peru in June. Thirty students and four faculty chaperones are schedule to fly to the South American country.

“Altogether the RHS study abroad group couldn’t be more happy with the turn-out,” faculty adviser Kevin Leier said in an email. “With such a great turnout, our group is excited to begin the planning process for the RHS Block Party next year!”

Kathy Brandt and Darren Heidbreder won the adult divisions in the adventure race. Shanx Brossart and Mya McNeff won the youth divisions.

The supper fed about 200 people in the commons area of the high school as high winds moved the event indoor.

“I think it went very well,” RHS student Alyssa Mattern said. “I think we had a good turnout. People really liked the adventure walk and we had more kids want to do that than we thought.”

Children and adults enjoyed watching eight fathers compete in dad olympics. The dads competed in laugh-inducing activities, including changing diapers (on baby dolls), guessing baby food flavors and weaving strollers through cones as quickly as possible.

“It was good to see people there from start to finish,” Mattern said.

Said classmate Emily Stier: “People seemed really interested (in our trip) and thought it was a really good thing we’re getting to do. Some said they wanted to chaperone.”

The block party received support and assistance from the Rugby Volunteer Fire Department, Rugby Police, City of Rugby, Rugby Public Schools, Center Mutual Insurance, Rugby Jaycees and Gary and Kathy Kirchofner.

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