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Despite lack of snow 'Vitalympics' event still on

New Richmond's Vitality Initiative will host a new winter event this Saturday, Feb. 11, to help area residents cure their cabin fever.

The first ever "Vitalympics" is planned at noon at the Starr Elementary School fields. Due to the lack of snow, several of the events will need to be adjusted prior to the competition, but participants will still be assured a fun time.

Teams of five to 10 people are encouraged to register for the event. Registration fee is just $10 per team. Businesses, organizations, families, neighborhoods and others are invited to gather up a team and compete. All ages are welcome to participate, although every team must have at least two adults on the roster.

Teams will compete in a total of eight fun events during the afternoon, including snow golf, Smoosh Boarding, turkey ice bowling, Frisbee toss, "snowball" toss, Frisbee golf, broom ball skills relay and Klondike pull.

Teams will vie for points at each station and the team with the most points at the end of the competition will be awarded a Vitalympics championship trophy.

Registration forms are available at Friday Memorial Library, Community Education, Civic Center, The Centre, New Richmond Parks Department and New Richmond News. Forms are also attached to this web story and may be completed and dropped off at city hall or at the New Richmond News office.

Sign-up deadline has been extended to noon on Thursday, Feb. 9. Get your forms in as soon as possible so schedules can be finalized.

The Vitalympics will be held in conjunction with the annual Fire & Ice event, sponsored by Messes and Masterpieces. Fire & Ice, which offers outdoor activities for youngsters and families, will run from 2 to 5 p.m. that day.

Vitalympics spokesperson Dave Mehls said the idea for the local event developed over time and was sparked by interest in New Richmond to offer some winter activities for area residents.

"The goal of the event is to create a fun, community event that brings people together for a day or two during the winter," he said. "Maybe over time, with enough interest and community involvement, we can create an atmosphere similar to Fun Fest, only in February."

Another goal, Mehls said, fits in with the Vitality Initiative's misson.

"It will provide the physical activity aspect that we're striving for with the Vitality group," he said.

Mehls said he hopes other groups or winter outdoor enthusiasts will eventually become a part of the Vitalympics and new events can be added in future years.