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Family-oriented ‘Amazing Race’ event in Lutz

LUTZ - Registration is under way for a family-oriented event modeled after the popular “Amazing Race” reality TV series. “It’s like a family version of the TV show,” pairing family members on a mile-long course that leads them to a string of challenges,” said Greg Benton, organizer of the third annual Great Amazing Race Adventure Run & Family Activity. “Parents can team up with the kids to race against other family members and friends.” The two-hour event starts at 2 p.m., April 21, at Oscar Cooler Sports Complex, a Hillsborough County park. Eight challenges are spread over a mile-long cross-country course. Each challenge station provides a clue card instructing the team to perform a task, game, relays or obstacle course before proceeding. Tasks include a piggyback obstacle course and a mummy wrap, in which adults wrap their young racing partner in toilet paper.
The team with the fastest overall time wins. The event is open to two-member teams of all ages, although children in kindergarten through 12th grade must be paired with an adult entrant. Adult teams are also welcome. Contestants are advised to be prepared to get dirty and wet during the race, expected to take an hour. Many contestants bring friends or family members to cheer them on or videotape the race, Benton said. Children in the race are charged with naming their team, signing the log at each challenge station and encouraging their adult partners. “Our goal is to remind families of the importance of exercising 30 minutes a day – and to let adults lead by example,” Benton said. “We think the best approach is to make events fun and creative. It’s a blast for kids and adults.” The event is limited to 100 pairs, so racers are encouraged to reserve a spot now, as teammates can be added on the day of the event, Benton said. Online registration cost is $40 per two-member team, and can be completed at www.GreatAmzaingRace.com. Medals are awarded to winners of each division: kindergarten through fourth grade; fifth grade through 12th grade; and adult teams. The top 25 teams qualify for the August national championship and a chance to win $2,000. The race, a Flying Colors Sports production, will be held, rain or shine, at the park, 19045 Crooked Lane, off Lutz Lake Fern Road. Spectators are free.

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