This year’s edition of The Amazing Race of Highland County is scheduled to take place in August at Liberty Park in Hillsboro, and the local nonprofits wanting to be considered must have a representative of their group attend a mandatory meeting next week.
The meeting is Tuesday, June 7 at 6:30 p.m. at Bagshaw Enterprises, 8414 S.R. 124, Hillsboro. During the meeting each nonprofit will complete applications and learn responsibilities of the group before, during and after the race, according to information provided by organizers. The Amazing Race Committee will then be choosing the nonprofit organizations to benefit from this year’s race.
Profits from the annual event go to help support local organizations, charities, churches, and sports teams, according to the race’s website.
Last year’s race had 113 two-person teams participating and raised $13,000, from which 22 local nonprofits benefited.
As previously reported, the race was begun by local doctor DJ Jamieson after he competed in similar events elsewhere. He said he thought it was a way to help the county.
This year’s race will be Saturday, Aug. 13. This will be the fourth year for The Amazing Race of Highland County, and to date the event has raised approximately $40,000 for nonprofit organizations, according to organizers.
On the day of the race, start times will be staggered with the first at 10 a.m. Twenty challenges are set along the race’s course, and these challenges must be completed by each two-person team before that team can continue. According to the race’s website, the challenges are “designed to test … memory, quick thinking, sporting and/or gaming skills.”
The cost is $100 per two-person team, which will increase to $110 after June 30, and again increase after July 31 to $120. The fee includes a t-shirt, but the latter can only be guaranteed to those signing up by July 31, the website says. The fee to sign up on the day of the race will be $130.
Other things noted on the website include the fact that awards will be given to the top three finishers in six different categories, all participants must be at least 12 years old by the day of the race, and there will be a party after the race with food and drinks.
For more information, go to www.amazingraceofhc.org. Anyone interested in taking part in the race can sign up on the website as well. Teams signing up before June 30 receive a discount. Information is also available on the race’s Facebook page.
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