Amazing Challenge Offers Healthy Competition

Last Saturday, 16 teams competed against each other in the 3rd annual HuskyPAW Amazing Challenge hosted by Michigan Tech Benefit Services.   Loosely based on the TV show, The Amazing Race, the teams began at the Lakeshore Center and competed in seven physical and mental challenges, racing to the finish at McLain State Park.

For one challenge a “Detour” was offered; the teams had to make a choice between one of two challenges.  The choice was either physical, rowing a canoe across the canal to collect puzzle pieces that needed to be put together; or mental, testing their engineering skills and building a free standing tower at least 30” tall of spaghetti and marshmallows.

36" Spaghetti and Marshmallow tower challange
30″ Spaghetti and Marshmallow tower challenge


Canoe across the canal to build this puzzle...
Canoe across the canal to build this puzzle…


Completed puzzle!
Completed puzzle!


One wet and sandy challenge!
One wet and sandy challenge!


The winning team, the Black and Blue Crew
The winning team, the Black and Blue Crew


Teams are required to have a Michigan Tech employee present, but can be comprised of colleagues, friends, and/or family members.  Here are the top three finishers:

  • 1st Place: Black and Blue Crew led by Colleen Erva
  • 2nd Place: The Charge led by Amy Mensch
  • 3rd Place: Yooper Troopers led by Sandy Houle
Thank you to the 2014 Amazing Challenge volunteers!
Thank you to the 2014 Amazing Challenge volunteers!


Thank you to all of the volunteers how were instrumental in the planning and execution of this year’s event.  Benefit Services would also like to extend a special thanks to Dave Nordstrom from the Student Development Complex, Brian Cadwell from Public Safety and Police Services, the Houghton County Sheriff’s office, the staff at McLain State Park, and Janet Hayden from Risk Management.

3 responses to “Amazing Challenge Offers Healthy Competition

  1. Awesome event…looks like so much fun! Hoping to participate some year when the date works out for me!

  2. Hello Benefits Dept.

    We want to thank you for sponsoring this incredible event and letting us participate. We had so much fun. We really appreciate all the hard work it took to put this Amazing Challenge on. We can’t wait until next year. Thank you so much! You all rock 😉

    The Charge

  3. Great job Benefit Services and all who volunteered! I had an “AMAZING” time. 😉

    I cannot wait to participate again next year.

    Thank you for all your hard work.

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