The wind wasn't the only thing sweeping down the plain as the Red Bull Land Rush stormed into Oklahoma City.
Twenty teams of three competed in the four-mile race along the Oklahoma River trails on Saturday.
Claiming the deed to a city suite in Chicago for Lollapalooza 2013 was “Pup n' Suds” from Oklahoma State University. Team members Michael Custer, Trent Renshaw and Jacob Stivers won a trip to the three-day concert event.
“In the end, it was all about teamwork,” Custer said. “The course was exhausting, and both physically and mentally challenging. At several points in the race, we were flustered, and the constant Oklahoma wind didn't help. Our strategy was to stick together and push each other, and I guess it worked, since we're going to Chicago.”
Students from the University of Oklahoma, OSU, the University of Central Oklahoma, Oklahoma City University, Northern Oklahoma College and Oklahoma City Community College participated in the race.
Participants used clues to find nine checkpoints along the Oklahoma River trails. At each stop, teams were given challenges, including math problems, navigation challenges, building a homestead and a lasso challenge.
Winning team “Pup n' Suds” finished the missions and answered the final challenge correctly. Winning second place was “Team Throwback” from the University of Oklahoma. It included team members Steve Behm, Broderick Browne and Cameron Ghafil.