FAIRFIELD — The Edge Community Church’s first Great Race was a success Saturday.
Teams of three or four people made their way around town in the afternoon, visiting 13 different local businesses and doing acts of service or team-building exercises.
“We started with an obstacle course, so it was physical and mental stimulation,” said Melissa Wurz, the church’s women’s director.
Once the obstacle course was complete, each team received a riddle that, when solved, told them their next stop in the race.
“There was 13 stops, so they were very busy today. They were back and forth,” Wurz said.
Rather than timing the teams, winners were judged on how many coins they collected at each stop.
Business owners and managers distributed the coins based on how well the teams completed each task, Wurz said.
Members of all three teams received a certificate of completion showing the hours of service completed.
That can go into a college portfolio or for whatever other activities participants do that require community service hours.
The church, located on Horizon Drive near the intersection of Clay Bank Road and Air Base Parkway, is planning more races like Saturday’s.
“We’re going to do it every year and we’re planning one just for the youth,” Wurz said.
The business owners were also behind the idea.
“We got a lot of businesses on board and they were very excited,” said Chantell Williams, pastoral care director. “They had a lot of stuff they needed done.”
The church has been in Fairfield for two and a half years and was founded on the principle of community service, Wurz said.
“We want to be involved in our community,” she said.
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