3-Minute Interview: Frisbee fanatic Cole Ingraham

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Ingraham sits on the board of directors for the 2,800-member Washington Area Frisbee Club and organizes the club's annual St. Hatrick's Day tournament, which will be held at Occoquan Regional Park in Lorton on Saturday.

How did you get involved in Ultimate Frisbee and in the club?

I started playing Ultimate in high school... Then I ended up playing at a small school called Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. And when I got to D.C., it was a great way to meet people. I met a lot of my best friends through Ultimate and continued even outside of [the] Ultimate field, and I decided I wanted to get involved. There was an opportunity for me to help out by starting a tournament five years ago, St. Hatrick's, and I did.

St. Hatrick's is a "hat tournament." What is that?

A hat tournament is, you sign up by yourself or with at most one other person, but typically by yourself. And the organizer puts everybody on a team randomly, so you don't know who you're playing with... As a result, you get a huge array of talent, and it's generally a good time.

Do people dress up for this?

It depends -- and that's part of the array of competitive talent, too. Some people take it really seriously and just wear a hat. Other people get dressed up in costumes -- you name it. There are other tournaments people have gone as bumblebees, leprechauns. It sort of depends on how seriously people want to take it.

Do those costumes get in the way of playing?

Absolutely. But you go into that making that decision -- 'You know what? It doesn't matter if I can't see or if I can't catch. I'm just going to have fun and run around a little bit with some friends and people that maybe I don't know yet, but hopefully will soon.'

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