32 Challengers took to the land, sea, and air on Saturday, September 16, 2017 in the 2nd Annual Orangewood Adventure Challenge! After taking helicopters over to Catalina Island, racers were given their official race maps and sent off on an adventure race that included elements of running, mountain biking, and kayaking. Our teams of four, which included a team of former foster youth from the CSUF Guardian Scholars program, worked together to navigate their way through the course's challenges. Along the way they saw beautiful vistas around the island, battled kelp forests in their kayaks, caught sight of some bison, and even tried their hand at a knife throwing challenge.
In the end, Team Samueli Foundation triumphed in a time of 5 hours and 18 minutes, only 43 seconds faster than the second place team! Congratulations to team members David Murphy, Sue Stein, Wayan Kaufman, and Jay Scott!!
For the second straight year, Team Lennar has claimed the title as the top fundraising team for the Orangewood Adventure Challenge! Members Janet Price, JR Jones, Jeremy Parness, and Piero Wemyss (pictured, left to right) collectively raised $54,483, the largest team total to date! They put in a lot of hard work raising funds on behalf of our youth and had a lot of fun doing it. We are so grateful to them and their corporate sponsor, Lennar Homes. Enjoy another year of holding on to the trophy!
All of our fundraising teams did an incredible job fundraising for our youth. Collectively, we raised $232,656, exceeding our inaugural total! On behalf our youth, a big THANK YOU goes out to our fundraising teams and all of the sponsors of our Challengers. Thanks for helping prepare our youth to reach their greatest potential!
About The Challenge
The Orangewood Adventure Challenge is an exciting, demanding and fun, multi-sport team-based adventure race. It covers a range of outdoor activities to test the boundaries of both brain and body. Adventurers don’t need to be professional athletes or experts in all disciplines. The event is about working, training and competing together as a team, across a course designed to test and push your limits…and raising funds for Orangewood’s programs that help foster and community youth thrive and prosper.
The event was created by Orangewood Foundation and Board member Paul Tobin to raise money for college scholarships for former foster youth. It is based on an annual event in Australia created by Paul in 2008 that has raised over $2.8 million (U.S.) for a local nonprofit. Watch the video below for highlights of the 2nd Annual Orangewood Adventure Challenge in which teams raised over $232,000!