The tag line for the 6th annual Ice Bowl was “No wimps. No Whiners.” But there was no need for that as many competitors wore shorts and t-shirts in the warm weather. Perhaps it was because of that warm weather that the event drew a strong crowd to Schlanger Park for an afternoon of disc golf. The record for the event was 31 competitors in its second year, which was also part of an Ice Bowl tour. This year was near that number, reaching 30 competitors with a few hours left to go. It’s still a long climb from last year’s numbers, which didn’t particularly have as good weather as this year. “We’re mostly amateurs, and they’re all out supporting the cause,” said Kevin Elrod, Pitt Disc Golf Club president. “I think last year was pretty cold temperatures. There wasn’t any snow, it was just in the upper 20s or 30s. We had 14 players. It was only the die-hards that came out to play. This year, we’ve had a lot of new faces. They’re getting into the sport and wanting to get into the club. I think we’ll really expand this year with club membership.” In fact, the competitors this year were from all over the area. Not counting a woman from Brazil (who attends Pittsburg State), the farthest competitors came from Kansas City, Kan. Those competitors said the family of a friend was in the area, and they were interested in playing the tournament. “It’s a fun course. It’s technical. It’s got a nice, quality base to it. [The course] has got a good mix of long and short courses,” said Dean Uhlman, one of the three competitors from Kansas City, Kan. Of course, the event wasn’t just for throwing discs around. Rather, it is a fundraiser for both Project Warmth and Wesley House. The cost of entry into the competition was either $20 or $10 and 10 cans of food. Over the first five years of the Ice Bowl, that meant more than $1,500 was raised for Project Warmth and more than 775 lbs. of food was raised for the Wesley House. But don’t think the competitors don’t get anything in return. There were more than $1,300 in business giveaways at the event. “Without the businesses, we wouldn’t be near this successful. A lot of Ice Bowls, you get a disc and they take that out of your entry fee, then donate the rest,” Elrod said. “Here, everybody is basically getting their entry fee back in business giveaways, some even more than that.” Further, Elrod said, the Pittsburg Ice Bowl donates 100 percent of its entry fees.