LIMA — Remember “Battle of the Network Stars”? It ran on television for a few years back in the ‘70s and ‘80s, pitting actors in popular television shows against each other in athletic contests. Back then, we could see why they didn’t pursue professional sports.
In Lima, we have the Battle of the Businesses.
Thursday night, eight teams competed for bragging rights in the reborn event.
This was an event sponsored in previous years by the Lima/Allen County Chamber of Commerce.
“I thought it was something I really wanted to bring back,” said Michelle Webken, membership navigator for the YMCA.
The event used to be a week-long affair but Webken thought the Y could ease back into it with a one-night extravaganza.
Activities included a basketball game called knock-out. There was also a relay race, a stationary bike race, tic tac toe with bean bags and a trivia contest.
The goal was “Just to be a fun event. We want people to remember that the Y is here, to come into our building, check out all of the great things that we have to offer and also give back to the community by doing by doing these great events that all their companies can come in and enjoy themselves at the Y,” Webken said.
The eight teams competing included teams from BRP Manufacturing, Rudolph Foods, Nutrien/Potash, Rea & Associates, Basement Doctor, the YMCA and two teams from HCF Management.
“It’s been a lot of fun, a good team-building activity for the folks here at Nutrien, so we’re definitely happy to be getting a little bit of exercise together and stuff,” said Patrick Stinson, with the Nutrien team.
“It’s great, especially, it’s nice to come out bond a little bit. It’s been awesome so far,” said Ali Socie, with the Nutrien team.
A tricky event proved to be the obstacle course. Contestants used a wheeled dolly to hit a line, then used a table tennis paddle to guide a balloon across another line and then tried to sink a couple of bean bags into a cornhole board.
“It was harder than I thought,” said Ardie Sayoto, a member of the Lima YMCA team.
“I thought the balloon and the paddle was the hardest thing and the scooter,” said Da’quan Knuckles, also on the YMCA team.
Each participating team gets four three-month memberships to the Lima Family YMCA.
Finishing in first place was Rea & Associates, second place was Basement Doctor and third place was the Lima Family YMCA.
Nutrien/Potash won the Best Spirit award.
Reach Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.