The city of Aiken hosted the 5th annual City Cup Corporate Fitness Challenge the week of May 13. This annual event celebrates National Employee Health and Fitness Day and is actively supported by many local businesses and corporations. Pickleball was a featured sport for the third year in this competition with a total of 11 corporate teams signed up to compete in outdoor doubles play. There was spirited play among the competing teams with several potentially excellent players showing their stuff on the courts provided by the Parks Recreation and Tourism Department at H.Odell Weeks Recreation Center. City Team 2 comprised of Zach Holley and Nathan Campbell edged Jeff Metz and Stan Courtney of City Team 1 in an exciting championship match that was much closer than the final score reflected. Most of the participating players were first timers, but the athleticism they exhibited bodes well for their future in this new sport. Several indicated that they hoped to continue to hone their skills in anticipation of the first annual Aiken Palmetto Doubles Invitational Pickleball tournament to be held, indoors, at the recreation center August 17 and 18 of this year. Volunteer officials for this event included Aiken Pickledilly stalwarts Sharon McMichael, Maggie Ward, Ron Nelson and Mike Beckner.