The beach in front of Andy Romano Park was busy with sack and wheel barrow races, an obstacle course, paddle boarding, tug of war and other competitions on June 21 as several area businesses fielded teams in the inaugural Corporate Challenge. It was organized by the Ormond Beach Chamber of Commerce and presented by Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center.
Even though the competition consisted of old-fashioned, picnic-style events, the competition was serious between the 18 teams of five people each.
Tia Rush, of the chamber, gives credit to Dr. Scott Self, of Aligned Integrative Health, of Ormond Beach, for the idea for the event.
“I saw the Mayor’s Fitness Challenge and I loved it,” he said. “I wanted to piggyback on that.”
He said he wanted competitions that emphasized health and fitness, but that were also fun and not too difficult.
“Employee wellness should be a key component of every corporation,” he said.
Pulling it all together was a challenge, Self said. The organizers had to get a permit from the city for Andy Romano Park and from the county for the beach.
The overall winning team was Homes for Heroes, which was put together by Coldwell Banker Premier Properties and Southern Title, registered affiliates of the Homes for Heroes program. In the program, fire fighters, police officers, educators and health care workers can get discounts when buying a home.
Lisa Blythe, of Southern Title, said the team members were real heroes. They are all military veterans, representing the U.S. Marines, Navy and Army.
Emergency Communications Network won second place and Mitchell Noel Insurance Agency won third place.
Rush said that Rick Fraser, executive director of the chamber, worked with the YMCA, government officials and the Beach Patrol to make it all happen.
Fraser said he was pleased with the turnout and said there was a lot of excitement about the event among the participants. The money raised by the event will go to a new scholarship fund the chamber has started, as well as operating funds for the chamber.