Participants in the challenge will make their way through hills and hollers in the woods surrounding the Fritsche property, traversing logs across creek beds, making their way through creeks and completing challenges.
Each challenge will have three levels — the more difficult the challenge, the greater the number of points. The challenges will be marked in red, white and blue and each color will be associated with a numerical value. Volitta said the color scheme was a nod to the colors of the American flag, as well as 4-H ribbons.
Fifteen points are awarded for the most difficult version of a challenge, 10 points are given for ones a little less strenuous and five are earned for the easiest task. Competitors will have three chances to attempt a challenge and if they fail to successfully compete a challenge, they will be awarded zero points.
Some of the challenges include spear throwing — featuring spears crafted by Volitta and Indiana Dream Team members — and tree climbing challenge known as 'skinning the cat.'
The challenge lies in maximizing points from obstacles and finishing the race in a timely fashion, according to Volitta. Prizes will be awarded to teams and individuals who have the fastest race time, as well as the highest point total from completing obstacles. The Fritsche Nature Challenge covers over a mile of hills, hollers, creeks and obstacles. It was created to physically challenge, mentally stimulate and emotionally inspire participants.
Along with the nature challenge, there will be food served out of the small cabin close to the start line of the challenge. Guests will also have the opportunity to throw knives and hatchets and pan for gold.
Participants must be 18 years of age minimum and sign a waiver form to compete in the event. Cost to register for an individual is $35 and $100 for a team of four. The Fristche Nature Challenge will be from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 29 at 2540 W. Wilbur Road, Martinsville.
Participants for the ladies’ challenge must arrive by 8:45 a.m, participants for men’s challenge must arrive at 9:45 a.m. and participants in the co-ed challenge must arrive at 1:45 p.m. For more information about the event, visit facebook.com/events/2060618004165075/ and to register online visit GOO.GL/M6Ljgb.