Yesterday we hosted our fifth annual Amazing Race with our church. It originally started with just our youth then grew to include the whole church. This year’s race was a little smaller than in years past, but that didn’t seem to take away from the fun. The teams are made up of four contestants and, if needed, a dedicated driver. The teams race around town to a series of stops where they must complete the task before moving on to the next. The concept is pretty simple – the team that completes all the tasks first wins.
The teams are given a list of all the stops at the beginning and then allowed to choose their own course. The idea is to pick the course with the least amount of driving and pick a course that most of the other teams won’t choose. If you come to a stop with lots of other teams, you may have to wait your turn to complete the task.
This year the teams had to set up a tent, then take it back down and pack it up so that it actually fit into the bag. I watched the first team of junior high boys struggle and struggle. Apparently only one of them had actually ever set up a tent before. Let me tell you, it wasn’t pretty. They did eventually get the tent up but I’m not sure it would have stayed standing for an entire night. They then proceeded to ball up the tent and try to stuff it back in the bag. As you might imagine, the tent didn’t fit real well. I think at one point they had all four of them sitting on the tent trying to stuff it back into the bag. They did eventually get it back in.
However, they didn’t get done until one group of senior high boys showed up to complete their second task. The senior highers knew what they were doing and just about finished their tent and second task before the younger kids completed their first task.
At another stop, the teams had to make a some ice cream then eat it. I think everyone was very impressed with the ice cream – they all liked it. However, I do think many of them had to fight through the ice cream headaches to keep eating.
As the race continued, each team member had to dig through a pile of coins to find one made the same year they were born.
They had to push their car for one lap around the church parking lot.
They had to walk a tight rope.
I heard afterwards that one very unfortunate boy, Lucas, took a very nasty spill on the chain as his feet slipped off opposite sides of the chain and he came crashing down. His teammates managed to keep him balanced on the chain and he did finish, but I don’t think that helped any with the pain. His teammates had to carry him to the car afterwards so they could continue the race.
I asked Lucas after the race what he thought his chances were for have a family. He replied,”Good!….If their adopted…”
My favorite stop for the day was out on the sheep farm. Each team had to move one, and only one, sheep from one pen into another pen. I’m pretty sure no one in the race had ever worked with sheep before. So as you can imagine, it was quite a riot. I saw high school boys scream like little girls when the sheep started moving towards them. One of senior high boys team even managed to let out three sheep at one time. Two from one pen and one sheep from the other. In the end they got their act together and returned all three sheep to the correct pens.
At the end of the day only one team finished first. They even had a little help from some of their younger siblings who rode along in the car for fun. Congratulations!!
After the race everyone hung out at our house to eat hot dogs and watch video from the day. As far as I could tell, everyone had a good time…even Lucas.
The only real causality from the day…the screen door at the Holtz’s where teams had to connect together a TV, a DVD player, and a game system then demonstrate that all three worked. Someone forgot there was a screen door and tried to run through it as their team rushed out after completing the task. The screen door didn’t take too kindly to this.
But a big thanks to all the hosts and all the contestants who made this years race a huge success!!!