Water-Pumping Contest Summer Fun

| 6/19/2013 4:00:00 PM

water pumpWhat would summertime be without a sopping-wet water contest?

My daughter is training to be a Tough Mudder. Somehow, I can’t picture my sweet daughter running through fire and electric shock cords, submerged in ice water, carrying tree logs and running up a half-pipe covered in oil. Deemed the toughest event on the planet, it tests participants’ stamina, strength, mental grit and camaraderie.

She says it sounds like fun. OK, then.

We’re not that extreme around here, but we do like to have a little fun now and then, which is why we came up with the “Can You Beat Grandma?” video contest. Participants won’t have to fill a tanker truck with water, but they will be challenged to hand pump more water in one minute than our 64-year-old neighbor can.

Never before has there been a hand-water-pumping contest, at least according to Google. A quick online search reveals all sorts of pumping contests at any given time – from bodybuilders pumping up their muscles to firefighters in the bucket brigade and ever-popular hose pumping competition.

Searching for water contests via the web yields equally prolific results. There are prize competitions for swimmers, boaters and even an annual regional water-tasting competition hosted by the Tennessee Association of Utility Districts.

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