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, firstname.lastname@example.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.
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. ;-)
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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!"
And I think the race officials had fun with everyone also!
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.
...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.
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|The Drop...and the more important Catch||The Toss|
And the most important part of this event is...
The 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.
One of the race locations was:
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.
|Reading instructions...at Ideal Beach during the Elkhart Amazing Race 2014||Recording the instructions ...at Ideal Beach during the Elkhart Amazing Race 2014|
After finding and reading, and in some cases saving them to their cell phones, they were off to the individual events:
|Running to their eventsThe River Rats "scurry" to their event||Throwing Horseshoes...the photographer had to do a lot of ducking!|
|Beach Volleyball...someone should have called for it first!||Volleyball at Ideal Beach...Nice dig!|
|Sand Castle Time...make sure you follow the instructions||The finished sandcastle...this is what it should look like|
|Miniature Golf timeEveryone has to complete the hole||Stamp 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.
|Quilt counting...how many are in the building||One of the Quilt|
|Quilt number two||Get stamped before you leave|
Next the ring toss catch and Hulla-Hoop event.
|Reading Instructions...don't forget them!||Remember the steps you have to follow|
|This was the hardest thing to do...remember they are at a bar and this is a bar game!||Success!!...well, OK, I put the ring on the hoop to get this picture!|
|Hulla-Hoop...aren't they supposed to go around their waste?||Hulla-Hoop Time|
From there, they racers went on to the park to do some tree planting and obstacle course work.
|Up and over...or under||Going Under...and then threw|
|Running through the woods||Digging time|
|Tree planting time||Tree planting|
|Planting plants||Finished with planting...run back to the car|
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.
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What is a race without a mad dash for the finish line!
And the winning team was:
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!