Overcoming Obstacles – Literally!

Our second annual United Obstacle Course Race (OCR) took place on Saturday, February 3rd at Celery Fields in Sarasota. 175 racers accepted the challenge, with the first wave of runners kicking off at 7:30 a.m. under a cloudless blue sky. Whether running solo or as part of a team, racers faced a variety of difficult but manageable obstacles; 6-foot wall climb, high wall scale, low crawl and more were just a few of the obstacles encountered throughout the 3-mile course.

The obstacles stood as a metaphor for the obstacles faced every day by the people of our community. Just as in everyday situations, the runners who were part of a team had an easier time getting through each obstacle than those who did it solo.

That’s what United Way Suncoast provides – a helping hand to make life’s challenges a little more manageable. And everyone who ran the OCR is contributing as well, as proceeds from the race will be used to fund programs and services in the Sarasota area to continue to fight for the education and financial stability of every person in our community.

The race also provided an opportunity to bring greater awareness to the community, especially millennials and families, about the work being done by United Way Suncoast in Sarasota and beyond. As summed up by Mireya Eavey, Sarasota Area President, “By doing it this way, we get to reach people we don’t typically get to reach.”

Afterwards, participants enjoyed food, music and camaraderie as they waited for the awards ceremony. All participants received a t-shirt, race bag, and finisher medal. Individual awards went to Corey Peyerk (Overall Male winner), Ashley Samples (Overall Female winner), Heidi Williams (Masters 40+ Female) and Maurie West (Masters 40+ Male). Congratulations and thank you to all who participated in this fun race.