Starting an event at what is typically the hottest time of a summer day, 3 p.m., may have impacted participation Aug. 31 in the inaugural Area I Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers’ Spirit Challenge.
However, it certainly didn’t affect the enthusiasm shown by the 21 male and 2 female competitors or the spectators who made their way to Stewart Field on Camp Casey during the Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Labor Day Festival.
At first glance the course appeared to be fairly tame.
“The course looked easy,” said Staff Sgt. Jason Knight, FMWR entertainment and events coordinator. “But factor in the single elimination and the rounds a competitor must make, then it becomes challenging.”
The obstacles and course covered the ballpark infield and used 50 yards of the adjacent access road as the start/finish track area for the event.
Taking the top spots were Sgt. Joe "Barefoot" Kaenel of B Battery, 6th Battalion, 37th Field Artillery Regiment and family member Kendra Cox.
“I had a great time competing,” said Cox. “Everyone was having a good time making it a fun atmosphere to be in. Area I BOSS has really grown in the last few years, now offering so many activities for the Soldiers and even family members.”
Cox and her husband Cpt. Timothy Cox are accustomed to hauling away Area I Sports’ hardware. And, this event certainly can lay claim to having one of the grandest trophies in the region.
“The traveling trophy will promote healthy competition,” said Knight. “Competitors can take pride in their personal achievement but it allows them to share the honor with their unit building esprit de corps .”
The trophy will be up for grabs once again at Camp Stanley’s Fall Fest Oct. 19 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.