Cedar Valley Chase

I haven’t blogged in a while, but I’m ignoring that fact and jumping right back in.

This weekend was the Cedar Valley Chase, pretty much the best event ever. This is the second year I’ve been on the planning committee, and there’s no other event I’d rather help plan.

The event raises money for the Cedar Valley United Way. It’s a strange event that we liken to the Amazing Race–teams of two race around Waterloo/Cedar Falls completing mental, physical and silly challenges. First team to the designated finishing point wins bragging rights and $250…but mostly bragging rights.

This year’s event went great. No major accidents, no major flubs and everyone seemed to have a lot of fun.

Cedar Valley ChaseEach committee member takes responsibility for a couple of the challenges. Mine were:

  • Gromphadorhina Portentosa – Participants had to hold a hissing cockroach for 30 seconds. I was excited about this one because I knew it would creep people out. I did test the challenge by holding the creepy crawler, and no one can say I didn’t.
  • In Hot Pursuit – Participants had to run around a building and find the six open rooms. Once they found the rooms, they had to answer trivial pursuit questions. If they didn’t get one of the first five questions, they got downgraded to child-level questions.
  • Starship Troopers – With the help of one of my fellow committee members, we planned a physical challenge with the National Guard. Participants had to do a minute of push-ups, a minute of sit-ups, do a 100-yard “dash” (they could walk), and then shoot a paintball gun at six targets. I tested this one too, and I was sore for about 3 days after I did so.
We had some other fun challenges too:
  • .08 – Participants donned beer goggles and had to throw a football through a hoola hoop. The goggles make everything lean to the left, so it’s tougher than it sounds. Despite being called .08, we gave participants the .25+ BAC goggles.
  • Disgruntled Fowls – Real-life Angry Birds. One of our committee members is a super duper artist, and she created a homemade Angry Birds set up. It was pretty much awesome.
  • Arrr*hic*rgh – Pirate beer pong. Participants had to wear an eye patch, hold a sword and play beer pong. The eye patch throws your depth perception off, which makes it hard to make the cups and chase down the ping pong balls.

We had a total of 46 teams, and we got some sweet news coverage. We got an article in the Courier, coverage on the KWWL news and a video from the Courier.

If you want to see the pictures from the event, they’re on Facebook.

If you want to keep up on when the chase is happening next year, like the Chase on Facebook.


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