Amazing Elkhart Race 2014

April 26, 2014  •  1 Comment

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Dawn, Rob Miller and I had a great time photographing this "amazing race."  What is it?  Here are the details below:

Church Community Services' Amazing Elkhart Race 2014
Date:  Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 10:00 AM
Location:  Church Community Services, Elkhart, Indiana
Contact:  Gwen Hershberger, 574-295-3673 ext 112, volunteer@churchcommunityservices.org

Looking for a way to have fun, explore Elkhart, and raise money for Church Community Services all at the same time? Look no further and join us for the Amazing Elkhart Race 2014.

When: Saturday, April 26, 2014, beginning at 10 AM.
What: 10+ challenges that require teams to race around Elkhart.
Where:  Start -- Civic Plaza, downtown Elkhart  /  End -- CCS, 907 Oakland Ave., Elkhart
Who: Teams of 4 adventure-seeking people, 18+ years old, able to walk/run up to 5 miles in the course of the race.
Why: Raise funds for CCS and its amazing programs. Plus, it'll be a blast! And did we mention, you could earn some amazing prizes!
     1st Prize -  $1000
     2nd Prize - $800
     3rd Prize -  “Dinner under the chandelier” @ Palais Royale, 5 course meal w/ personal butler.

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All the images from the race can be found HERE.

The day started about 8:00 am with the race teams showing up and registering, they did not get their race course locations just yet, they got those all at the same time later in the morning.  After registering all the teams got a team shot, and some had more fun with it than others.  ;-)

Some of the more colorful race teams
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I think the racers themselves had a good time as well.  We might have instigated a little of it, but it is really all "them!"

Image of Elkhart Amazing Race 2014 racers having funGirls just wanna have fun, when racing

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And I think the race officials had fun with everyone also!

Officials having fun at the Elkhart Amazing Race 2014Race Official Elkhart Amazing Race 2014

 

 

After the teams signed in they received their race instructions and the locations (addresses) of where they had to go to compete.  They quickly huddled around and developed a strategy on what locations to go to and in what order.

Amazing Race CourseThe Race CourseThis is the stops that they needed to make.

 

picture of race team strategizing durring Elkhart Amazing Race 2014Looking at the rece course

 

 

...But they could not take off just yet, the race designers threw in a curve ball at the start of the race, all the teams had to do one event at the starting line before they could leave.

The Ballon Toss

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Picture of catching the water balloonThe Drop...and the more important Catch ...Aim true and try to hit your catcherThe Toss

And the most important part of this event is...
picture of catching the water balloon at the Amazing Elkhart Race 2014The CatchEveryone had their own style of catching the water balloon.

 

 

After every team completed their needed number of catches they then could run to their cars and take to the race course.

Picture of teams starting the Elkhart Amazing Race 2014Teams leaving Elkhart Amazing Race 2014Off to their cars to continue the race

 

One of the race locations was:

picture at Ideal Beach during the Elkhart Amazing Race 2014Ideal Beach during the Elkhart Amazing Race 2014All the teams were greeted by a happy race official.

At this location the races had to complete the following tasks:  Volley a volley ball, Get a Ringer in horseshoes, complete one hole of miniature golf and build a sand castle.  They knew to do all these by reading the instructions that they had to find at the course.

picture of instructions at Ideal Beach during the Elkhart Amazing Race 2014Instructions at Ideal Beach during the Elkhart Amazing Race 2014

Reading the Instructions
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After finding and reading, and in some cases saving them to their cell phones, they were off to the individual events:

The Events at Ideal Beach
picture of The River Rats "scurry" to their event durring the Elkhart Amazing Race 2014Running to their eventsThe River Rats "scurry" to their event picture of horseshoeing at Elkhart Amazing Race 2014Throwing Horseshoes...the photographer had to do a lot of ducking!
picture of beach volleyball at Elkhart Amazing Race 2014Beach Volleyball...someone should have called for it first! picture of volleyball at Elkhart Amazing Race 2014Volleyball at Ideal Beach...Nice dig!
picture of making sandcastle at Elkhart Amazing Race 2014Sand Castle Time...make sure you follow the instructions picture of finished sandcastles at Elkhart Amazing Race 2014The finished sandcastle...this is what it should look like
picture of miniature golf at Elkhart Amazing Race 2014Miniature Golf timeEveryone has to complete the hole picture of stamping passports at Elkhart Amazing Race 2014Stamp your passport before you goHave to get it stamped.

 

 

Now off to the quilt counting event, where they had to go into the Elkhart Center and count the quilts inside.

Quilting
picture of quilts at Elkhart Amazing Race 2014Quilt counting...how many are in the building picture of a quilt at Elkhart Amazing Race 2014One of the Quilt
picture of colorful quilt at Elkhart Amazing Race 2014Quilt number two picture of stamping passport at Elkhart Amazing Race 2014Get stamped before you leave

 

Next the ring toss catch and Hulla-Hoop event.

picture of girls reading instructions at Elkhart Amazing Race 2014Reading Instructions...don't forget them! picture of instruction reading at Elkhart Amazing Race 2014Remember the steps you have to follow
picture of ring toss at Elkhart Amazing Race 2014This was the hardest thing to do...remember they are at a bar and this is a bar game! picture of good ring toss at Elkhart Amazing Race 2014Success!!...well, OK, I put the ring on the hoop to get this picture!
picture of girls playing hulla-hoop at Elkhart Amazing Race 2014Hulla-Hoop...aren't they supposed to go around their waste? picture of hulla-hoop at Elkhart Amazing Race 2014Hulla-Hoop Time

 

 

From there, they racers went on to the park to do some tree planting and obstacle course work.

picture of girl jumping at Elkhart Amazing Race 2014Up and over...or under picture of girl crawling at Elkhart Amazing Race 2014Going Under...and then threw
picture of girls running through the woods at Elkhart Amazing Race 2014Running through the woods picture of planting tree at Elkhart Amazing Race 2014Digging time
picture of tree plantingat Elkhart Amazing Race 2014Tree planting time picture of tree planting with shovels at Elkhart Amazing Race 2014Tree planting
picture of planting plants at Elkhart Amazing Race 2014Planting plants picture of girls running with shoval at Elkhart Amazing Race 2014Finished with planting...run back to the car

picture of man running with shoval at Elkhart Amazing Race 2014This race can make you go mad!

 

 

Even though it was a great day for doing events outside, the next events were inside;  they had to complete a puzzle and build a castle out of red Solo cups.

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The next location had our racers deboning chickens and cooking them up, looking at holograms to find all the images within them, and programming robots. 

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At various locations the race committee had snacks available for the racers.

Snacks
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What is a race without a mad dash for the finish line!

picture of the finish line at the Elkhart Amazing Race 2014The Finish Line

picture of the girls at the finish line at the Elkhart Amazing Race 2014Finishing strong

picture of the girls at finish line at the Elkhart Amazing Race 2014Crossing the Finish line

picture of the green team finish line at the Elkhart Amazing Race 2014The Green team finishing together picture of the finish line at the Elkhart Amazing Race 2014The Eye Catchers at the Finish Line

picture of the girls running over finish line at the Elkhart Amazing Race 2014The finish for the grass skirts

Elkhart Amazing 2014Race 2014-606-E-BlogThe First to cross...but not necessarily the winning team, have to still count the points. picture of the finish lineThey made it home!...thanks to their trusted indian scout picture of one of the winnersThe winners were happy...just a little bit.

 

And the winning team was:

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picture of AER2014 ResultsAnd the Winners are...

Elkhart Amazing Race 2014And it was all for a good cause!

We all had a good time at the Amazing Elkhart Race, and knowing that all the money went to a good cause made it that much more enjoyable!

See you all next year!


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Our comments are that we had a great time photographing all you racers! We want to thank all the people who helped but on this event, you all did a wonderful job and we can't wait to see you all again next year!!

Michael, Dawn and Rob
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