Running toward teacher grants

Participants haul cement blocks at one station during the 2018 Big Obstacle Challenge.

The Dorchester District 2 Education Foundation will hold the fifth Big Obstacle Challenge to raise money for Dorchester District 2 schools.

The event will be held on Saturday September 21st. The participants will have to complete 10 obstacles before crossing the finish line. Participants who want more of a challenge can sign up for the Ultimate Challenge course which consists of 18 obstacles.

If a participant cannot complete an obstacle then they will need to complete 10 jumping jacks or 10 burpees in the ultimate challenge to move on to the next obstacle.

Aside from the course spectators can also take part in other activities as well. There will be a Fan Experience Zone with games, community resources and local vendors.

Jennifer Crosby of the Education Foundation said that there has been a lot of community support for the event. There are currently several sponsors who have donated money for the event and scholarships.

“Acuity Dental is our presenting sponsor, along with ECPI University, Tupperway Siteworks, and many others. We have $9,500 committed in sponsorships,” Crosby said.

The last four years the Big Obstacle Challenge has awarded 36 grants totaling $122,780.

The funds are raised for the Foundation’s Innovation Awards to support STEM in schools.

There are currently 400 people registered for the course and 800 are expected to attend the event however that number could increase.

Crosby said that the fact that the event grows shows the community’s commitment to the event and education.

“This event grows each year as a testament to our community’s commitment to the value of maintaining high quality public schools,” Crosby said.

The event will be held at Summers Corner on 1609 Beech Hill Rd.