Saturday, June 18th was the annual Challenge Wheeling scavenger run to benefit Youth Services System. The weather was hot, and the sun’s rays reflected from the Wesbanco building gave the event’s 14th St headquarters much of the look and feel of an Easy-Bake Oven. But ice water and even more delicious beverages were in ample supply, and when the envelopes were opened at noon, the contestants were off to shoot photos of themselves in and around a selection of Wheeling landmarks.

The Rum Runners team of Amber Doyle and Kristie Barnett put the heat behind them the fastest, turning in a 1:06:02 performance, enough to outpace the second-place Nature Walkers by almost 3 minutes. An equally important win was clinched in the costume contest by the Village Scavengers of Gold, Kourey & Turak. Costume-ization honors was also bestowed upon The Golden Oldies and The Four Seasons.

I drove Weelunk photographer Wallis around town in a car while we drank slurpees, so don’t let her claim to have suffered much to get these pictures.

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The Golden Oldies- 2nd Place in the costume contest.

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The Village Scavengers - Gold, Kourey & Turak. 1st Place in the costume contest!

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The Four Seasons- 3rd Place in the costume contest.

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The Rum Runners, before they set off on their winning performance.

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One of the given tasks was to travel to Moon River Studios on the Island and paint the Challenge Wheeling logo. Some are better than others.

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You don't really want to win this, but you could do worse.

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Rum Runners team of Kristie Barnett and Amber Doyle captured the overall win and a trophy.

Photos by Wallis



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