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(PHOTOS) Contestants zoom through obstacle course while holding teacups in Spill the Tea for Trees race

Susan Peters of the BK Cuties team raises her teacup as she maneuvers through the obstacle course Saturday, June 1 on East 17th Street in Cheyenne. (Jared Gendron/Cap City News)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Drinks were spilled Saturday morning on East 17th Street as teams attempted to dash through an obstacle course with cups of tea.

Local café and apothecary shop The Hawthorn Tree held its Spill the Tea for Trees race to support local environmental program Rooted in Cheyenne. During the race, contestants carried a cup filled with 100 milliliters of iced tea through an obstacle course while attempting to preserve as much tea as possible. Susan Allen, owner of The Hawthorn Tree, told Cap City News she imagined the race to be like the “server Olympics.”

Fourteen teams consisting of four teammates each competed in a single-elimination bracket. Racers walked along a balance beam, traversed a hopscotch course and moved logs with their feet to complete the course. The teacups could only be held with one hand, and touching the cup with two hands resulted in a 45-second penalty to a team’s final time. Once all racers completed the course, judges measured the remaining tea and added one second to a team’s final time for every milliliter of tea spilled.

The following teams earned top placings at the event:

  • First: Mad Hatters
  • Second: Teacup Spillers
  • Third: Eagles
John Ducharme on the Quick Quakers team steps across the balance beam Saturday, June 1 on East 17th Street in Cheyenne. (Jared Gendron/Cap City News)
Luke Vosler with the Mad Hatters team steadies his cup and braces for spilled tea as he approaches the finish line Saturday, June 1 on East 17th Street in Cheyenne. (Jared Gendron/Cap City News)
Shawn Casui flourishes her hand as she dashes back to her friends on the Ranch Hands team Saturday, June 1 on East 17th Street in Cheyenne. (Jared Gendron/Cap City News)
From left: Nickisha Gray, Stacy Robbins, Talitha Heckman and Martha Dice on the Women of Wonder race team stand for a photo Saturday, June 1 on East 17th Street in Cheyenne. (Jared Gendron/Cap City News)
Mark Ellison, president and founder of Rooted in Cheyenne, measures a team’s remaining tea during the race Saturday, June 1 on East 17th Street in Cheyenne. (Jared Gendron/Cap City News)
Bradley Parker, left, of the Teacup Spillers team and Anja Richmond with the Rotary team kick logs forward at the start of a race Saturday, June 1 on East 17th Street in Cheyenne. (Jared Gendron/Cap City News)
From left: Katie Shockley, Dan McIntosh and Trent Morrell on the Eagles team watch their teammate on the obstacle course Saturday, June 1 on East 17th Street in Cheyenne. (Jared Gendron/Cap City News)
Nickisha Gray with the Women of Wonder team balances atop the wooden beam during the race Saturday, June 1 on East 17th Street in Cheyenne. (Jared Gendron/Cap City News)
Dawson Bafford, left, with the Quick Quakers team pours her remaining tea into Kelly Ceballos’s cup Saturday, June 1 on East 17th Street in Cheyenne. (Jared Gendron/Cap City News)
From left: Luke Vosler, Oma Gilbreth, Wes Cure and David Ray on the Mad Hatters team stand for a photo after winning the Spill the Tea for Trees race Saturday, June 1 on East 17th Street in Cheyenne. (Jared Gendron/Cap City News)

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