TAMPA – Elementary school field days will be re-lived by young and old alike this weekend – but with a few changes.
Sure, there’ll be the traditional relays, sack races and obstacle courses. But there also will be a stroller obstacle course, the baby-carrier distance run and a diaper relay on Saturday at the inaugural Alpha Challenge, which will match up to 60 teams of contestants in games and races.
The event, open to the public to view at no charge, will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at George M. Steinbrenner Field, site of the spring training for the New York Yankees. It benefits Alpha House of Tampa, which provides shelter and resources to pregnant women and mothers with young children.
Ellen Hochschwender, Alpha House’s director of development and communication, said, “We noticed the popularity of adventure races and challenges. We wanted to try something different that our traditional New Life breakfast.”
Tampa Bay Club Sports, which organizes adult team sports in the community, helped create the challenges.
Sean Slean, corporate relocation specialist for First Class Movers, headquartered in Tampa, is coordinating a team from his company. It will mainly be office staff and customer service representatives as Saturday is a busy day for movers.
Slean’s team is called “First Class Movers & Shakers,” he said, “because it exemplifies what we are about and has a little sense of humor about it, too.”
The team plans to meet prior to the event to coordinate their participation “but we aren’t taking it too competitively. We are just out there to have fun,” and to support the nonprofit and the community, he said.
For those who rather watch than participate, spectators can sit in the stands, cheer on their co-workers, get food and drink and visit information booths from various sponsors and vendors, Hochschwender said. Food, beer and soft drinks will be for sale throughout the event, she said.
“People are free to come and go as they please,” she said.
Registration for teams of six to eight participants, age 8 and older, is $300 and competition categories are corporate, family and open. With the registration fee, each participant receives a swag bag and an event T-shirt.
For information, see www.alphahouseoftampa.org or contact Hochschwender at (813) 875-2024 or email@example.com.