Students develop obstacle run to benefit Arc of Shelby

From Staff Reports

The Warrior Challenge, a one-mile obstacle fun run, will be held April 29 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the University of Montevallo Disc Golf Course. Throughout the day there will be fun, family-friendly activities available for spectators, including free kids’ activities, as well as food and entertainment.

University of Montevallo marketing students from Dr. Amiee Mellon’s Social Entrepreneurship & Sustainability class are applying their academic knowledge to benefit local charity The Arc of Shelby County.

Presented with the task of increasing awareness and funds for the organization, students worked to plan and develop the obstacle course event.

Obstacles include the tightwalk, sack race, tire drill, hula hoop crawl, sand crawl, slip ‘n slide, spin your wheels, trail run and splash zone. Each of the obstacles is designed to accommodate participants of all fitness levels.

Over the last two months, the class has split into committees to tackle the different elements of the event. These committees include location survey, event program, budget management, promotional layout and marketing, sponsorships, vendors and volunteer recruitment.

“I have been impressed with the spirit of both giving and volunteering. These students have not taken a ‘slacktivist’ attitude, but rather a hands-on approach to hosting a successful event for The Arc of Shelby County,” said Mellon.

According to Mellon, students have embraced the cause. The Arc of Shelby County and its national office advocate for specific policies and programs that benefit people with developmental and intellectual disabilities and their families.

“Thanks to the efforts of Dr. Amiee Mellon and her students at the University of Montevallo, the Warrior Challenge will raise both awareness and funds to support the programs and services that we provide to individuals with developmental disabilities and their families,” said Jennifer Ellison, director of development for The Arc of Shelby County. “We are looking forward to a great event!”

Participants can compete in the fun run for $35. Families are encouraged to come enjoy the family activities at no charge. Each warrior challenger will receive a t-shirt and a finisher’s medal. To register or donate to the event, please visit

The UM disc golf course is located on the UM campus near the McChesney Student Activity Center.