On Saturday, April 29th, Toccoa Falls College was lively with a day full of amusing activities. The reason? The Outdoor Club not only hosted its third annual Cherokee Challenge but the student body also came out to participate in Classapalooza. It was a busy day, but students and community members that came out enjoyed themselves as they competed and fellowshipped together.
In the morning the Cherokee Challenge took place. Volunteers arrived around 7:30 to set up and enroll incoming racers and admit those that pre-registered. A few local gyms had booths set up to advertise their business. For those that arrived early, Michelle—the beloved cafeteria employee—led a Zumba session. It was fun and energetic—a great warmup for the runners.
The race started at the pond. Contestants first ran up behind the guest house, and followed a two-mile trail with obstacles strategically placed all along it that eventually circled back to end at the pond. There were three waves of runners, each sent off fifteen minutes between each other; the first left at 9:00, and the last wave followed behind at 9:30.
The rigorous trail proved to be a challenge, but contestants began to near the end. Spectators cheered as runners performed the last stretch—crawling through the sand of the volleyball court, jumping over a fire, and then swimming across the pond. Runners were received at the finish line with great fanfare.
After the Cherokee Challenge had ended and everything was taken down, Classapalooza began. Sandwiches, chips, treats, and drinks were all set out so that people could eat as the activities went on. A table was set up that had different colored paints on it so that people could patriotically decorate themselves to identify themselves with their particular class. Reds, greens, blues, and yellows—seniors, juniors, sophomores, and freshmen, respectively—could be seen all around.
Activities began with a game called Hungry Hippo. Everyone gathered according to their class at the four corners of a tarp. The tarp was covered with soapy water, and had a pile of small plastic balls in the middle. Two people from each class coupled up to snatch as many balls as possible. One person had the legs of the other and pushed that person along the tarp as they tried to grab balls with a laundry basket. The game was very hilariously aggressive.
Volleyball followed next. The different classes faced each other off to determine who the champion would be. The games were very enjoyable to watch, as all of the teams did an excellent job. It was very competitive, but the juniors ended up winning overall.
The next event was a chalk art competition. The different classes were given chalk and a parking space and prompted to draw something that represented “living large.” The sophomores did not compete in this activity, but the freshmen, juniors, and seniors all had artistic minds working together to win. The freshmen’s sunflowers, the junior’s cityscape, and the seniors space theme were all excellently done, but the seniors pulled out as the winners.
After the chalk art the classes regathered to compete in a tournament of kickball. The ball used was a large beach ball, and to get to the bases—which were pools of water—one had to slide on a tarp covered in soapy water. Like the volleyball, the competition was intense. The classes fought for the victory, but the seniors ended up winning. By popular vote, buck buck was being played as the kickball tournament went on.
After the kickball, two activities then took place at the same time—a game of life that was played around the pond, and dizzy soccer played at the intramural field. Though the game of life was a little more chill and enjoyable, the dizzy soccer was a little more competitive. It was difficult as the players had to continue to spin as they played, but everyone enjoyed themselves. After the initial competition ended—with the seniors winning—the participants started to play a normal game of soccer for fun.
After all of the games had ended and all of the points were added up, it was determined that the juniors and the seniors had tied! The uncertainty of the outcome had been tense as the score was close, but a tie was not expected; it was surely an interesting ending to the classapalooza competition!
Overall the day was pleasantly active and everyone enthusiastically participated in all that was offered. It was exciting to see the Toccoa community and the student body of TFC interact with each other at the Cherokee Challenge, and then see the student body come together for healthy competition. The community was encouraging, as everyone mingled together. Great company, comfortable weather, delicious food, entertaining games—it was a great Saturday for students to spend time with each other at they look forward the end of the spring semester.