“The Amazing North Park Race”

On May 12, 2011 by Grad Forum

WesWhitakerAmazingRace2“The Amazing North Park Race,” the final event of Dartmouth’s 2011 Graduate Student Appreciation Week, took place Saturday, May 7th.

Based on the popular CBS television show The Amazing Race, Saturday’s event had teams of graduate students race around campus to complete activities. To find each of the six locations, teams deciphered a list of riddles that were distributed at Collis. At each station, the teams had to complete challenges to move onto the next location.

Each station required students to utilize both problem-solving and physical skills to complete each task.  Memorable ‘pit-stops’ included a three-legged race at the Dartmouth Outing Club House, a challenge to memorize and recite the fist verse of the Dartmouth alma mater at Thayer, and a series of riddles at the Warner Bentley statue at the HOP.

The brainchild of Michael Hopkins, a fifth-year PhD candidate in the Psychosocial and Brain Sciences Department, “The Amazing North Park Race” encouraged North Park residents to meet students from other academic departments both during the race and at the post-race BBQ.  During his two-year tenure as the North Park Activities Coordinator, Michael has worked to build a sense of community among graduate students at Dartmouth.

“Michael Hopkins really went above and beyond preparing the event.  We had a great time within our team, and with the others,” said Joe Shafer, a graduating MALS student.

Along with his teammates Connor McNulty and Megan Lehmann, Joe’s team ‘Buzz Off’ won “The Amazing North Park Race.”  Each received a $50 gift certificate to a local Hanover business of their choice.

While the Dartmouth version of The Amazing Race might not have had contestants travel as far and wide as the television version, it was a hit with all those who participated.

For pictures of the event, please visit the Dartmouth Graduate Studies Flicker page.

by: Erin O’Flaherty and Wes Whitaker

Photos by: Tennile Sunday

One Response to ““The Amazing North Park Race””

  • The North Park Amazing Race was exactly that – just amazing! Michael did a great job and I hope to see it next year again!

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