Seven teams of competitors got tired and muddy while competing in the New Family Chiropractic Fun Muddy Mayhem on Thursday.
“This is an interesting event,” chuckled Clay Thompson, Executive Director of the Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation. “We just got so much positive feedback from the participants last year that we just figured we have to do it again.”
The second annual fun obstacle course challenge provided a tougher 15 station test than last year’s inaugural event.
”We made it a little more challenging this year than we did last. The team that won it last year finished in about nine minutes, so this year we put a few more obstacles out there and made some of them a little more difficult.”
While teams were put to the test with a newly added tire pull and a rope climb, plus other obstacles including an over and under course, there were lots of laughs and smiles as the competitors crawled through the mud to complete the course.
“I think the seven teams that were here this year sure had a lot of fun,” Thompson said.
The fundraiser generated $7,200 for the Foundation and the event served as the first community event as part of an $150,000 initiative to upgrade equipment in the Cypress Regional Hospital’s Maternity Ward.
“We made a commitment to the Cypress Health Region earlier this year that we were going to help them renew the Maternity Department at the Cypress Regional Hospital,” Thompson said.
“There are 400 babies born each year, and they’re telling us that some of the equipment that they’re using came over from the old hospital 10 years ago. So it needs to be replaced in a significant way, and quickly.”
Among the equipment purchases will be a number of new birthing beds and Panda Warmers, both critical pieces of equipment on the Maternity Ward. The hospital would like to utilize a Panda Warmer in every birthing suite.
“They (Panda Warmers) can do everything that a newborn needs all in one station. If the baby needs oxygen, or anything, it’s right there. To give baby every opportunity, it’s a mandatory thing, and we are going to do everything in our power to make sure it happens.”
The next fundraiser in the campaign will be hosted at the Elmwood Golf Course on September 15, when proceeds from the annual Lobster Pot Par 3 tournament will be directed to the Maternity equipment fundraising drive. Teams interested in participating in the 2 p.m. shotgun start event are encouraged to contact the Elmwood Pro Shop at 306-778-4653 for registration information.