Congratulations to 2017 Race Champion, Team Samueli Foundation!
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 they 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 throwing knife 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 (pictured here)!!
Our perpetual trophy awarded to our top fundraising team is still up for grabs until October 31. Support your Challenger today!
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 Inaugural Orangewood Adventure Challenge in which teams raised over $126,000!