For the daredevils, thrill-seekers and adventurers, a new challenge is coming to Victoria in October.

The challenge: rappel off the 12-story One O'Connor Plaza building for Over the Edge Victoria and be known as an "Edger."

Scaling to such heights has significance, said Lanell Mantey, the executive director of the Victoria Business and Education Coalition.

"The event is about overcoming new heights and challenges within yourself," she said.

Over the Edge is a company based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Partnering to bring the event to Victoria and reach company goals are the coalition, Challenged Athletes Dream Complex and the Hispanic Council of Victoria.

People who want to rappel will ask for pledges to raise the $1,000 fee, which will contribute to the organizations' combined $100,000 goal.

Challenged Athletes Dream Complex, partnering with the city, hopes to continue earning money to build a new integrated playground where children, including those with physical and mental challenges, can play together.

The Hispanic Council of Victoria wishes to promote leadership by supporting economic development, growth and education of the Victoria County Hispanic community.

The goal of the Victoria Business and Education Coalition is to provide more services to students in need through mentoring, character building activities, job readiness training, and career exploration.

"We want to change the perception of our organizations to something fun and meaningful," Mantey said.

Mantey said the event will comply with all federal and state OSHA standards and laws and will have highly trained and certified industrial rope specialists.

Participants need to be 18 years or older and meet the weight requirements.

"There is a helicopter pad up there, and the view is beautiful," Mantey said.

Participants are encouraged to dress up as their favorite superhero or in another costume because the event will occur on the weekend before Halloween. Spectators are invited to come out and cheer. A live DJ and various food trucks will provide entertainment and food.

The Farmer's Market will line the streets nearby in the morning, and a haunted house for kids will be set up at the Junior League building later in the day.

In the evening, there will be a street dance at DeLeon Plaza to conclude the festivities.

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Gabriella Canales graduated from the University of Houston-Victoria with a B.A. in English in 2016. Feel free to contact her with ideas because she is eager to tell stories.

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