More than 40 Desert Lightning Team members gathered at the golf course track to participate in the Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month amazing race May 11.
The race was 1.5 miles long and was entered by two-person teams. Each team had to visit the seven stations set up along the track, where they were presented with a cultural challenge from seven Asian-Pacific countries.
To win the challenge teams had to be the first to receive a stamp of completion from each station.
â€œTeams were given a map, a game sheet and a card, and they could go to any booth in any order to win the race,â€ said 2nd Lt. Liezl-Anne Sarte, 612th Air Communications Squadron officer-in-charge of the Combined Air and Space Operations Center systems and APAHM committee member.
Activities included a bean bag juggling contest, called Otedama, from Japan and Guamâ€™s Huega, which is throwing a washer into a coconut from five feet away.
â€œThe amazing race was a great opportunity to get outside and learn about other cultures while getting a good workout,â€ said Airman 1st Class Alyssa Combs, 355th Legal Office paralegal and member of the winning female team. â€œOur team will definitely be back next year!â€
Members of the APAHM committee were on hand at every booth to explain the challenges, give out penalties and ensure task completion.
â€œWe wanted to have a spin on the usual 5k ran during most heritage celebrations,â€ Sarte said. â€œThe committee decided the most creative and fun way to do this was to emulate the Amazing Race and set up a cultural challenge at each point.â€
Awards were given out for first place female team, first place male team and best-dressed team.
â€œThe Amazing Race was a great way to spread awareness about Asian Pacific cultural diversity while getting some good PT in,â€ Sarte said.