Kids games aren’t easy in Adult Field Day

wcrenshaw@macon.comMay 17, 2014 

For a few hours Saturday, some adults at Luther Williams Field became kids again.

Eleven teams of six people each participated in the Macon-Bibb County Parks & Recreation Department’s inaugural Adult Field Day. It was patterned after elementary school field days, including events such as a sack race, wheelbarrow race and three-legged race.

The biggest difference was that the participants could drink beer, and they weren’t quite as limber as they used to be.

Andrea Marlowe, a member of Team Whiskey, represented her team in the sack race.

“It’s pretty hard as an adult,” she said.

She said she was enjoying the event quite a bit and will definitely be back next year.

“I hope there will be a lot more people,” she said.

Hamp Davis didn’t know about the field day until a friend called him about 9 p.m. Friday and asked him to be on her team, Temp and the Pips. It turned out to be a good bit more taxing than he was expecting.

“It has been physically challenging but it has been a good time,” he said. “The sack race was the hardest. It’s hard to get the coordination down.”

Brian Umstead, whose team name probably isn’t fit for print, was the wheelbarrow in the wheelbarrow race. A blindfolded person held up his legs while he “walked” on his hands.

“It’s hard because we are not 10 anymore,” he said. “Going all the way down and back is kind of ruthless right now.”

He also said he will definitely do it again next year.

“I might prepare about a week in advance,” he said.

The event was inspired by adult field days being held in other cities. It is intended to give adults a chance to participate in a team activity that doesn’t involve practice and a continuing commitment of time.

To contact writer Wayne Crenshaw, call 256-9725.

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