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Race for Kids gearing up for third year, spaces still open for teams

By: Matt Durnan

  |  Posted: Thursday, May 29, 2014 12:23 pm

Teams participating in last year’s Boys and Girls Club of Airdrie (BGCA) Race for Kids transferred marbles from a bowl to a bucket using only chopsticks during one checkpoint challenge. This year’s event will take place May 31, and will feature all new challenges.
Teams participating in last year’s Boys and Girls Club of Airdrie (BGCA) Race for Kids transferred marbles from a bowl to a bucket using only chopsticks during one checkpoint challenge. This year’s event will take place May 31, and will feature all new challenges.
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The Airdrie Boys and Girls Club’s (BGC) third annual Race for Kids will kick off May 31 and there’s still plenty of spaces for teams.

The race is designed around a combination of televisions shows, the Amazing Race and Minute to Win it, and Boys and Girls clubs across Canada have been putting on the event for the past three years as a way for adults to feel like a kid again.

Last year’s race in Airdrie saw 20 teams register and raise a total of $30,000 and this year organizers are hoping to top that total with a goal set at $40,000.

Participants can register a team of four members or as an individual to join a team that may be looking for another member or two.

Teams will start at the BGC Airdrie westside location on Allen Street and race all over town, playing games to collect tokens. In order to finish and qualify for a prize, teams must collect all 10 tokens.

“I can’t give too much away because there are some teams that participated last year and know the format,” said Airdrie BGC Executive Director Denisa Sanness. “I can say that it’s a completely new race this year though because we’ve never done it from that location.”

The fun-filled race officially kicks off at 1 p.m. though teams who have met the fundraising goal of $1,500 will be granted a five minute head start. The cost to register a team is $40 and must raise a minimum of $360 to be eligible for the prizes that will be awarded to the top three teams.

“We have some great prizes this year, and first place will win a $500 barbecue for each team member, as well as $100 in cash each,” said Sanness.

The barbecues were donated to the event by Canadian Tire and a number of other companies have donated prizes including gift cards or cash.

Prizes will be awarded to the best dressed team, and Sanness encourages people to go all out when choosing their team uniforms.

“We had all kinds of stuff last year, people were dressed up as superheroes, it’s a lot of fun. I think the best way to describe the event is that it’s big kids racing for little kids,” said Sanness.

All funds raised for the event will go to the Airdrie Boys and Girls Club and Sanness says the race has quickly become one of the biggest fundraising events for the organization.

“It’s just a really fun day, I think everyone wants to be able to feel like a kid again and that’s what the event is all about,” she said, adding compliments to the Airdrie BGC staff for the design and execution of the event, “we have some really creative people on our staff who put this all together.”

For more information on how to register, visit raceforkids.ca


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