Colorful teams gathered to learn the rules of the games.
Rising with the sun, 13 hopeful teams converged in RTP for the inaugural RTP Corporate Challenge this past Saturday. With representatives from a variety of companies of different sizes and ilk, teams were pitted against one another in six fun and competitive challenges, presented by TriSports Social Club and The Research Triangle Park.
Our team, the RTF Innovators, began our day with a round of elimination volleyball. Managing to win two of our five games, we moved on to a few quick rounds of cornhole, where I’d rather not mention our performance.
Darren of the RTF Innovators had the jousting technique down.
There was some down time before our next event, the joust, so like others, we managed to get in a little friendly smack talk with other teams, hoping we might be able to pull ahead with our sheer force of will and fearsome demeanor. Our very own IT Manager, Darren, managed to win our first jousting bout with some impressive balance, quick thinking, and sharp moves. Unfortunately, the rest of our jousters fell prey to some pretty great competitors.
Two team members race their way through the Redonk-u-lator obstacle course.
Following the joust, we refueled our bodies and prepared for the daunting obstacle course. The course itself comprised of a tire high step, foamy slip and slide, dizzy bat spin, a monstrous inflatable obstacle course, scuba slalom, a bouncy house ball hunt, an army crawl, and a super slide. None of us were prepared for how taxing the course would be, but we managed a great finish in our first run through the course, scoring one of the top times. Our second run through proved less stellar as one of our teammates went down with an injury. We rallied to her aide as best we could. With her out of the competition, our team was down to just seven members, and it just didn’t seem right to continue to challenge without her. In team solidarity, we decided to forfeit the rest of the competition.
Two teams vie to maintain their hold during the tug-o-war.
Even though we were out, the excitement continued for the other teams. There were two events left: kickball and tug-o-war. Had we been able to compete, I’m confident we would have been some serious competition for those other teams. We’ll just have to find out next year.
The final team rankings from the inaugural RTP Corporate Challenge.
In the end, it was the GSK team that proved victorious, earning all the bragging rights for being the first winners of the RTP Corporate Challenge. They can proudly display the RTP Corporate Challenge trophy, a perpetual trophy that will forever have their name engraved at the top. Congratulations to GSK! With five 1st places wins out of six events, they surely deserved it this year. But will they be able to hold on to it next year?
For more information on the RTP Corporate Challenge and other RTP leagues, visit http://trissc.com/rtpsa3.htm and http://rtp.org/park-life/recreation.
Danny Lefebvre with TriSports presents GSK with the RTP Corporate Challenge Perpetual Trophy.
And of course, congratulations to all the teams that participated in the inaugural Challenge. See you next year!