Mission Strong Youth Challenge at Centennial Park

Event takes place Saturday, Oct. 24 in Mission

Piggyback rides are among the highlights of the Mission Strong Youth Challenge

The Mission Strong Youth Challenge takes place Saturday, Oct. 24 at Centennial Park, starting at 2 p.m.

The event challenges youth ages nine to 16 to take part in a 25-station mud- and fun-filled obstacle course.

A record number of participants – 200 – are registered this year.

Registrants were given access to the community leisure centre pool, gym, arena, weight room and specialized youth fitness classes starting on Sept. 28.

Among the highlights of the activities are piggyback rides, which symbolize what the challenge is about – fun and supporting and encouraging one another while building strength and character.

The district’s parks, recreation and culture staff say the highlight for them is in building connections with youth and seeing them challenge and encourage each other to meet their goals.

This year, the course ends at the Leisure Centre gymnasium for a closing celebration with refreshments, activities and prizes.