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Race for Kids is back for third fun filled fundraiser

By: Allison Chorney

  |  Posted: Thursday, May 01, 2014 10:28 am

Teams participating in last year's Boys and Girls Club of Airdrie (BGCA) Race for Kids transfered marbles from a bowl to a bucket using only chopsticks during one checkpoint challenge. This year's event will be May 31, and will feature all new challenges.
Teams participating in last year's Boys and Girls Club of Airdrie (BGCA) Race for Kids transfered marbles from a bowl to a bucket using only chopsticks during one checkpoint challenge. This year's event will be May 31, and will feature all new challenges.
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The third annual Capital One Race for Kids in support of the Boys and Girls Club of Airdrie (BGCA) is the charity event that puts the fun in fundraiser.

“It’s the third year so we’re stepping it up as far as challenges,” said BGCA Executive Director Denisa Sanness.

The event is on May 31, and pits teams of four against each other in a friendly, fun-filled race as they compete in a series of challenging checkpoints designed to focus the mind and challenge the body. The goal is to be the first team to successfully complete all the challenges and cross the finish line first.

Challenges are not based on athletic prowess or mental superiority; rather, they are designed for fun and building teamwork. Think of it as the perfect combination between The Amazing Race and Minute to Win It, according to the event webpage.

“This year it’s all new challenges and all new checkpoints,” Sanness said.

Though this year’s challenges are still under wraps, some of the popular challenges from previous years were the firefighter challenge where participants had to suit up in firefighter gear and attempt to complete tasks the professionals do on a regular basis. The spaghetti tower had participants using their building skills to create tall towers out of marshmallows and dry spaghetti noodles, and the Hair Benders challenge had participants creating giant braids out of skipping rope.

“It’s going to be a lot of fun to be a kid again,” Sanness said of what participants can expect this year.

Head starts will be given to the teams who reach specific fundraising targets. For teams that raise $750 they will receive a one-minute head start, for $1,000 the head start will be three minutes and for the $1,500 teams will get a five-minute head start.

These head starts may be the determining factor for the winning team that will receive a prize valued at $2,000 consisting of gift certificates and vouchers.

There is also a set of two tickets for anywhere WestJet flies that will go to the individual who raises the most funds.

Sanness said the BCGA is grateful for the support of the title sponsor of the event, which is once again Hopewell Residential.

“This is Hopewell Residential’s second year of involvement as title sponsor of the Race for Kids,” said Nicole McLaws, Hopewell marketing manager, in a press release. “We’re thrilled to be onboard for a second year, as the race was so much fun for all involved in 2013, and we were excited to see funds raised for the very deserving Boys and Girls Club.”

Last year’s event raised about $30,000 for BGCA and the goal this year is $40,000.

“We’re really hoping it’s a huge success,” Sanness said of the race.

Thirteen teams are currently registered but registration will remain open until the night before the race.

On May 31, the fun event will start off at the BGCA Allen Street location, with registration starting at 11 a.m., and opening ceremonies from 12:30 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Upon completion of the race, there will be a wrap up celebration at a yet to be announced location.

To register, visit bgccan.akaraisin.com/airdrie2014

Registration is $10 per participant and teams must raise a minimum of $360.

All funds raised will go toward BGCA programming.


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