21 Jun 2012 | Lance Cpl. John Wilkes

Marine Corps Com­munity Services hosted the 2012 Eco-Challenge aboard the Air Station, June 16.

The Eco-Challenge is four mile event in which teams of seven service members complete a to­tal of five physical chal­lenges.

The first event in the challenge was archery. Two members from each team were required to shoot a bow and arrow at a target and hit it twice. Afterward, competitors ran to the basketball court where each team member was required to make a lay-up. After each team member successfully made a lay-up, the teams ran to the log cabin where the kayak challenge awaited. One competitor from each team kayaked approximately a quarter of a mile out and back.

The next event was a humvee pull in which one team member had to steer the humvee while four other pulled it approxi­mately 100 feet. The last challenge was a tire flip, where each team had to flip a tire 50 yards.

First Recruit Training Battalion and Headquar­ters and Service Battal­ion, both from Parris Is­land, finished in first and second place. The team from Marine Air Control Squadron 2 finished in third place overall.

This year, the Eco-Chal­lenge is part of the 2012 Challenge. The fair is a summer long challenge where units from both the Air Station and Ma­rine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island can partici­pate in.

Each team earned 150 points for entering and completing the course.

The top three teams earned additional points.

“The event was physi­cally demanding and fun,” said Col. Brian Palmer, Headquarters and Ser­vice Battalion command­ing officer. “It was a great Saturday morning, the weather was beautiful.”