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Community Day at the Challenge Course is Sept. 28!

Challenge Course TowerThe Iowa Valley Adventures Challenge Course and its 50-foot Alpine climbing tower will be open to the public during this year’s Oktemberfest celebration! The four-hour Community Day at the Challenge Course will be Saturday, Sept. 28, from 1 to 5 pm; preregistration is required.

The Iowa Valley Adventures challenge course is designed to foster leadership development, teamwork, problem-solving and personal growth through challenges of the mind, body and spirit. The “challenge by choice” curriculum allows each participant to determine his/her level of participation. The venue is handicap-accessible for those with special needs. Participants must be age 8 and older to climb/swing on the course.

“We have many in the area who have been on the Challenge Course as part of a leadership activity with their employer, service group, or some other affiliation, and others who have always wanted to try it but haven’t had the opportunity,” says Val Ruff, Conference Center Coordinator. “The experienced people often want the opportunity to tackle the challenge with friends or family members, so this Community Day is the perfect time to contact some friends, preregister, and make some special Oktemberfest 2019 memories.”

The Alpine Tower stands 50 feet high with more than 20 routes to the top, beckoning participants to stretch, claw, pull and scramble their way to the top. Once there — standing at the peak, looking over the edge at the ground 50 feet below — the climbers realize that they were able to overcome their fear.

“Our Alpine Tower is probably the largest jungle gym you’ve ever seen, and presents a challenge for anyone who takes it on,” says Ruff. “If a member of your group is a little apprehensive, that’s all right … there’s a job for everyone. Some participants will belay, others will spot, but everyone who wants to climb will get the chance. When you sign up for a climb, be prepared for the time of your life.”

During this four-hour experience, participants will be introduced to the basic equipment necessary for a safe climb. Under the direction of a skilled climber, they’ll master the basics of belaying. While the tower might look intimidating, the Challenge Course staff is highly skilled in safety procedures and the equipment is inspected regularly.

“If the thrill of the tower leaves you wanting more, wait until you experience the giant swing!” says Ruff. “As you climb the ladder and are secured to a safety cable, the other climbers are prepared to hoist you 45 feet in the air, where you will release a clasp and swing like you have never swung before!”

Cost of Community Day at the Challenge Course is $10 per person, and registrations can be completed online at The Iowa Valley Adventures Challenge Course is located on the southeast corner of the Iowa Valley/MCC campus at 3702 S. Center St., Marshalltown. Questions can be directed to Iowa Valley Continuing Education at 641-752-4645.

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