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2010: "The Amazing Race"

Some might say that it was even more hardcore than the Up-the-Hill Races. After all, pulling off a proper bump, set, and spike with your co-workers and a beach ball can be more challenging than it looks.

With the Mesa Road under construction, participants gathered on August 27 for The Amazing Race, an alternative to the annual Up-the-Hill Races. Afterward, an all-staff photo took place at Foothills Lab, followed by food and music.

COMET staff in Superman costumes.
The UCP Super Science Dynamos.

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The Amazing Race, sponsored by EAC, featured a series of activities stations between Center Green and Foothills Lab. Ten teams began in the parking lot behind CG2. As they progressed over to Foothills, participants created tornadoes in bottles, played volleyball, flew kites, made flower leis, ordered the solar system, took quizzes, popped balloons, and more (download PowerPoint presentation to see all activities). Each task related somehow to UCAR/NCAR’s history, in tribute to this year’s 50th anniversary celebrations. Prizes were awarded for time, costumes, and spirit.

Once the race wrapped up, all UCAR/NCAR staff gathered in a giant cluster in the courtyard outside FL0 for the organization’s largest-ever group photo. The photo will be added to a 50th Anniversary time capsule, centered around the theme, “What will life be like in 2035?,” that will go on display at the Mesa Lab.

Following the photo, party-goers enjoyed food and drink into the evening, with a tasty spread from Event Services that included steak, shrimp, tofu, and an ice cream sundae bar. It was the first all-staff party held at Foothills Lab in nearly a decade.

Three staff members dressed in cat outfits.
The CommCats.

The Amazing Race teams, in order of their final placement, were:

1.  Hail No!
2.  UCP Super Science Dynamos
3.  Integrated Philosophy Consultants Corp.
4.  MMM's 'Mazing Modelers
5.  Interactive Regions
6.  Shock
7.  Weather Wonks
8.  High Five
9.  Green Machine
10. High Speed Streamers
11. 'As Seen On TV'
12. CommCats