If you are looking for a fun family-friendly event that can involve everyone as a team, look into the Great Amazing Race at VOA Park in West Chester on Saturday August 30 at 6pm. It’s a course competition for two-person teams, modeled after the TV show “The Amazing Race”, set up to get down and dirty, so be prepared to dig into the challenge! Teams are meant to be both adults and kids, grades K-12, and can be a mix of both adults or kids, or adults and kids. This is a national series, and each race qualifies the top 25 teams for the national championship race in December in New Orleans.
The charity partner for this race series is the Max Cure Foundation’s Dunk Your Kicks, a program working to fight pediatric cancer. At this event the coordinators are looking for participants to donate two pairs of used sneakers or running shoes which will be converted to money to be used toward research to fight cancer. In return, those participants will receive one free Mulligan/Time-Saver token for the race which will help your team with a second chance to complete a challenge on the course without penalty, saving your overall race time.
All of the race information is currently available at the website, www.GreatAmazingRace.com, with race details, registration and contact info for further inquiries. Early registration for teams is $40 and will be $50 on race day. If you do not have used sneaker to donate and would like to purchase a mulligan/time-saver, it is $10 early or $15 on race day. There are also souvenir t-shirts and backpacks available as well for $15 early and $20 on race day. Please note that the coordinators have made it quite clear that teammates can be updated on race day if it is needed. There are registration discounts available for certain service members and employees as well as youth organization members, but identification cards will need to be shown at the check in table the day of the race. Be sure to see the details of the website when you register to see if you are eligible for a team discount.
The Great Amazing Race course definitely sounds like a challenging and exciting one for the teams that decide to take it on. There will be eight challenge stations throughout the course of different levels of difficulty, based upon the teams’ fitness levels… so all participants should be ready to get dirty and wet! Be ready to work together and communicate as well, since teamwork is a key to this race. This is a run, jog or walk course, so allow about 60 minutes for race completion. The race coordinators allow spectators, so they invite as much family along as you would like to come with you to cheer and take pictures! Since this is not just a race, it is an event, the race coordinators would like everyone to know that birthday parties are welcome, just make sure ahead of time there is room for your party.
On Saturday August 30 check-in and packet pick up will begin at 5:15. The actual race will start at 6:00 with waves taking off every 10 minutes. The race will last until 8:00. There will be awards for all teams that complete all of their challenges. In the four divisions, determined by the youngest team member, there will be a medal given to the division winner. As mentioned earlier, the top 25 teams will qualify to go to the national championship race in New Orleans in December.
So, to all of you who would like a Great Amazing Race, take a challenge and good luck to you!