Warrior challenge

Some people may have enjoyed Sunday by going on a jog around the block.

About 100 others, however, took part in Lycoming College’s first Warrior Extreme Challenge, where participants tackled a 1.1-mile obstacle course and got down and dirty as they raced around the school’s campus completing 11 challenges.

The event, sponsored by Lycoming’s Campus Activities Board and its recreation and intramurals department, brought together young and the young at heart, college students and community members to face such challenges as a mud crawl on the campus’ intramural field and arctic swim in an ice pool on College Place.

Whatever the challenge, those who competed in the Warrior Extreme Challenge had no shortage of smiles as they tested their bodies and minds throughout the course.

Lycoming junior Dacin Kemmerer said she and fellow junior Emily Vebrosky took part because they were “looking for something fun to do.”

“We didn’t know what we were in for,” Vebrosky said shortly after the two ran across the finish line covered in mud.

Beginning at 11 a.m., groups of about 10 to 15 people set off from the starting line on College Place every 15 minutes. Other challenges included climbing over hay bales, carrying logs and dumbbells around

campus and scaling a 12-foot wooden wall after crawling through a mid pit.

Sophomore Greg Vartan seemed to take being caked in mud in stride.

“This is Lycoming College; we’re tough,” he said as he hosed himself off several feet from the finish line.

John Ryan Wolff, a Lycoming senior who spearheaded the Warrior Extreme Challenge, said it took almost five months of planning and about 30 volunteers to coordinate the event.

“My goal was 100 participants,” he said. “By today, we had 101.”

An entry fee of $10 was split between the college’s recreation and intramurals program and the national Wounded Warrior Project, which helps military veterans with physical or mental injuries from their service since Sept. 11, 2001.