Swamp Obstacle Course returns to area

Dinwiddie High School has an obstacle course once again, thanks to the JROTC program and the financial support of the community. A dedication was held on June 15 to unveil the sign, which was sponsored by the Dinwiddie County Sports Club.

The course is named “The Swamp” in memory of Ronald Cunningham Jr., a Dinwiddie High School athlete and 2013 graduate. Members of the Cunningham family attended the ceremony and cut the ribbon for the course.

Ralph Ruffin, the president of the sports club, called the dedication “a dream come true.”

“Swamp was a very, very nice young man,” Ruffin said. “Any parent would have been proud of this young man.”

Meredith Baker/DM The dedication ceremon for the Swamp Obstacle Course drew many leaders from around the area.
Meredith Baker/DM
The dedication ceremon for the Swamp Obstacle Course drew many leaders from around the area.
Chief Dawn Cater of the JROTC program said that the course was originally built in the 1990’s, but was destroyed by Hurricane Isabel in 2003. When the JROTC program was established, its leaders saw the potential in the former course.

“We decided to do a long-term community service project of trying to renovate or rebuild the obstacles that were there,” Cater said.

Cater said that the plan is to make the course available for the sheriff’s department, fire departments, clubs, and other community groups, with the stipulation that the use must be coordinated through the JROTC program. They would also like to begin hosting an annual run through the course.

“This will be a great team-building opportunity for organizations in our community,” Cater said.

Cater said that the goal is to add at least one component to the course every year.

Featured Photo: Meredith Baker/DM
A group gathers at the dedication ceremony for the Swamp Obstacle Course.

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