The Scarlet Warrior Challange will be hosted on Sept. 20 at Chadwick Arboretum and Learning Gardens. Credit: Boniface Womber | Lantern Reporter

The first-ever Scarlet Warrior Challenge, a series of relay-style obstacle courses, is set to take place Friday at Chadwick Arboretum.

The Scarlet Warrior Challenge —  hosted by Off-Campus and Commuter Student Services —  is a physical and mental challenge intended to promote community and both physical and mental wellness, Olivia Hoppe, a fourth-year in history and political science and co-leader of the challenge, said. The four-person relay team that completes the course in the quickest cumulative time wins.

Eli Gardner, a fifth-year in English and co-leader of the event, said the challenges will range from physical tests to brainteasers, including tire flipping, a climbing wall, kayaking in the reservoir area and kickball.

Gardner added that for the mental activities, the challenges will include games such as Ohio State trivia and word puzzles.

Rachel DeMooy, program manager of Off-Campus and Commuter Student Services, said the challenge will not only promote wellness, but benefit Buckeye Food Alliance — the on-campus food pantry. Admission to the event is one non-perishable food item, which will be donated to the pantry.

The food items will help them stock a new food pantry location off campus.

Gardner said the top three teams will win prizes, with first place receiving a Roku television set, second place receiving AirPods and third place receiving a Bluetooth speaker. Each of the team members will receive their own prize. 

The event will also have free food from the Thyme and Change food truck for spectators. 

As far as hosting a future Scarlet Warrior Challenge, DeMooy said it depends.

“We’re going to see how this one goes, but if this one is successful we would like to see this event happen again in the fall,” DeMooy said.

Transportation will be provided to and from the event via the Ohio Union and Buckeye lots, according to the Off-Campus and Commuter Student Services’ website. The challenge will run from 6 to 11 p.m.