Youth Sports at the Fort Riley Middle School and Teen Center hosted its first Outdoor Adventure Amazing Race March 19 at Milford Lake. Youth worked together in four teams to finish the race.
All teams started out with a scavenger hunt were they had to find items related to a pirate theme. The items included a treasure chest, jewels and a bandana. Trent Flores and Jayden Davis, both 10, were the first to finish the treasure hunt and got a head start on the next leg of the race. Flores said the treasure hunt was his favorite because it was easy for him.
The second challenge the teams had to complete was building a fire, making s’mores and extinguishing the fire. The teams first had to gather different types of wood for their fire pits. A clue with a diagram showed them how to place the wood in the pit, and instructors helped them start the fires. When the fire was started they were able to roast a marshmallow and make a s’more. After eating the s’mores each team had to run to the edge of the water to retrieve a bucket of water to put their fires out before going to the next station.
The next station was an obstacle course, which entailed running, cup stacking, hula-hooping and then throwing a bean bag in a hole. After each team member made it through the course they got a card signed saying they finished.
Davis said this was this was his favorite station because he enjoyed going through different types of obstacles.
The last leg of the race had two options. Teams could either catch a fish or put a 100-piece puzzle together. If they chose to put the puzzle together, they had to run a short distance before putting it together.
Each team started out trying to catch a fish, but after awhile a couple of teams, including Flores and Davis, decided it might be easier to put the puzzle together.
Flores and Davis were able to keep their lead, winning the race.
Flores said it felt good to win.
“I wanted to come out because I love sports,” he said. “I just had to come and do it.”
By Lyndsey Born