by Mickey Smith
The Lamoille Union High School campus has held many 5k races over the years, but one student is planning one for Saturday, November 10, that will have a bit of a twist.
Leo Wrighton, a senior from Jeffersonville in Lisa Durocher’s Business Administration class at the Green Mountain Technology and Career Center, has put together a race course that will be about five kilometers long, but will have 10 obstacles along the way that competitors will have to deal with in order to complete the course.
Wrighton said Greg Stokes’ Construction Technology class is helping with building the wooden obstacles, and Lamoille’s Varsity Club and other Business Administration students are helping to organize the event.
“I think this a large responsibility and it’s the first time that I’ve ever had the opportunity to so something of this nature,” said Wrighton.
“My enthusiasm for studying business administration has greatly increased since the creation of this event. I plan on attending Castleton State College in the fall with a plan to earn my MBA, and at some point use these skills to earn a position in the sports management industry,” he said.
The Vermont Peanut Butter Company and Turtle Fur have signed on to be the primary sponsors for the event , and Skye Nacel, of Mocean365 (a group dedicated to action and adventure sports) aided in the design of the obstacles. They could also use more volunteers to help with registration, trail guides, obstacle watch, timing and scoring and set-up/tear-down.
Without giving away any of the surprises, Wrighton said some of the obstacles will involve things already located on the Lamoille Union campus (like the ropes course) but might be used in a different way than they were originally designed.
Along with offering a unique way for competitors to get some exercise, it is also designed to be a fundraiser for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Vermont.
To learn more about the event or to register, people can call Leo at the Business Administration class, 851-1590 or visit the event’s website, http://lamoilleobstaclerace.weebly.com.