Zig around the purple cone then zag around the yellow cone but don't kick over a second purple cone and you're off to a good start.
That is just the first little maneuver in the annual obstacle course at Valley Grove Elementary School.
After the cones, it's on to leap-frogging over four rolled-up wrestling mats before dropping to all fours to elbow crawl under the last obstacle in the first line. Back on to two feet to navigate a two-by-four like a balance beam before a short hurdle, scooting through four different-sized hoops and the high jump and roll to the finish line.
The quick ones were right around the 20-second mark without penalty points added on. Since the folks competing today had already qualified as the tops in their class there were no slow finishers.
The obstacle course races are a tradition that stretches back to at least 2007 when the Sugarcreek, Cooperstown and Rocky Grove elementary schools combined to form Valley Grove Elementary School. Former gym teacher Scott Harry is credited with starting the tradition. Elizabeth Kolodziejczak-Sanner, who replaced Harry after he retired last year, kept the popular long-standing tradition alive.
Also adding to the celebratory spirit of the day, principal Jake Saullo dressed as an Elf on Shelf to greet students first thing in the morning. He donned the getup to kick off the afternoon competition.
Below are several photos from the fun competition. To see even more photos click here.
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