Wednesday, December 09, 2009

SWAT Roundup 2009

Thanks to Amber for yesterday's post. She'll be announcing her winner tomorrow (Thursday) in the comment section of her post, so, depending on when you're reading this, there might still be time for you to enter. Be sure to scroll down and read her post for the rules.

Last Friday was the final event at SWAT Roundup. The obstacle course, which is the only point of action for the day. This meant our concession stand with it's functional kitchen was too far away from the action. Instead, we were moved to the grassy area by the course, along with an assortment of other canopied 'booths'.

Drawbacks: No electricity, which meant fewer options for the menu. We did (with permission) bootleg one outlet from the medical tent so we could provide hot coffee. But no steam trays, so no way to have our offerings wrapped and ready.

But the kicker was that it was Cold And Rainy. Everything from drizzle to deluge. The coverings provided some shelter, but when the wind blew the rain sideways, things got wet. No nice counter. We worked from tables. Wet tables. Still, everyone was in good spirits (helped by having that hot coffee available), and we did get to see some of the action.

The massage tent next to us was also very popular.

Some views of the events.

(Note: the 'fencing' on the ground covers a water-filled ditch, which the competitors were required to cross -- underneath! Word on the field said this was the highest the water level has ever been, and traversing it submerged while already out of breath from the previous stages of the course was challenging.

The Dubai Team (above)

The final station - competitors had to step in each box, then sprint to the finish.


Jess said...

So, boys jumping in mud and splashing in puddles.. ;)

Terry Odell said...

They never grow up, do they. But now they're getting paid.

Elizabeth Spann Craig said...

I got worn out just looking at all this exercising!

Mystery Writing is Murder

Terry Odell said...

At least they were warmer than we were. Until they finished, anyway.

Carol Kilgore said...

Wow. These guys do this once a year?

Terry Odell said...

Carol, yes the competition is annual. Of course, they do similar stuff in the line of duty all year long.

Kathy said...

Wow looks like basic training for the army to me lol. Good shots and thanks for sharing Terry.

Kathy said...

ps I'm always reading these things late after work so never mind my weird stuff lol.