On Saturday, Sept. 13, Campus Recreation, Fitness Center and Lifestyles Center co-sponsored the annual O-Mazing Race. The event began at 1 p.m. on Lee Field.
Twenty-five teams, consisting of two participants each, registered for the women’s and open division. The unique race consisted of seven events that challenged participants both physically and mentally in dry and wet conditions. Activities included a mile run with a weighted bar, an obstacle course, an inner tube paddle, a tire drag, piecing together a lifesize puzzle, a bucket carry and a water/bucket challenge.
The obstacle course proved to be the most entertaining activity of the O-Mazing Race. The beginning of the course involved climbing up and sliding down a bouncy house filled with water at the bottom, running through a rope ladder and dribble a soccer ball through cones. The course then led participants through a two-foot hop sequence, three somersaults on a mat and five dizzy bat spins, leading up to a softball toss in a bucket, bouncing a tennis ball on a racket, scoring one goal in kan jam and passing a weight four times while back to back. One teammate went first, followed by the second. The course ended with a joint sprint by both teammates.
Although the weather didn’t come through as hoped, participants came prepared to fight for the top prize. Teams went all out for the event, dressing in different costumes, ranging from Victoria’s Secret girls to superheroes, such as the Batman and Superman duo. In addition to the intensity-filled atmosphere of the event, teams also brought true sportsmanship. Participants on the sidelines, whether having just finished an activity or waiting in line, were contributing as positive supporters and cheering on their peers.
Although all 25 teams gave their best effort, there could only be one champion team in the women’s and open division. Allison Ullrich and Monica Patten won the women’s division and Luke Riesbeck and Alec Walter won the open division.
“The most challenging event was definitely the mile run,” Walter said. “It was a true test of endurance and mental toughness.”
“We reassured each other throughout the entire mile until the end,” Riesbeck said.
In addition to a championship T-shirt, winners received $200 Dick’s Sporting Goods gift cards for first place teams and $100 for second place teams in both divisions.
The flag football league will start on Saturday. Play is from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. and will continue on Sunday, from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Lee and Swetman Fields. In addition, the
beach volleyball league championships are upon us. The co-rec championship is Friday at 6 p.m. and the men’s championship is Sunday at 3 p.m. Games will be played on the Oneida Volleyball Courts.
For more information about Campus Recreation programs, building and pool hours, visit oswego.edu/campusrec or call Lee Hall at (315) 312-3114. You can also find us on Twitter (@CampRecreation), Instagram (oswegocampusrec), and Facebook (facebook.com/camprec).