By: Duane Blankenship | Category: Special Interest | Issue: August 2011
Members of the 2010 Special Olympics Wildcats softball team and their coaches (in white shirts), with Amazing Race for Charity committee members and team members who participated in the event.
Most of us are familiar with “The Amazing Race,” the CBS reality show that features teams of two racing around the world, solving clues, completing tasks, and striving to be the first team to arrive at a mystery destination.
This marks the fourth consecutive year that area citizens have formed teams of two and competed in a race around urban and rural areas of Rogers County with a goal of correctly reading clues, successfully completing tasks, and arriving first at a mystery destination in Rogers County. The competition is called “The Amazing Race for Charity” and benefits the Rogers County Special Olympics softball team, the Wildcats.
This exciting, fun-filled event is scheduled for Saturday, August 27, 2011, rain or shine. Teams will consist of two members, and this year’s event is open to younger participants to encourage them to see how enriching it is to reach out to help others. “We hope to get more families participating in this year’s race,” said Amazing Race committee chair Kris Beyer. “All teams must have at least one person over the age of 21, and any participant under the age of 16 must be partnered with a parent or legal guardian.”
Once all requirements have been met by participating teams, the only other requirement is that they report at the starting line with a full tank of gas. Teams check in at 8 a.m., pick up their package of goodies and treats, and report to the staging area for an 8:30 start. Most teams will be finished by around 2:30 p.m., providing no one gets lost. First, second and third place finishers will receive trophies commemorating their success, and all participants receive an Amazing Race for Charity T-shirt. All team members also have a chance of winning one of several door prizes.
To register and view official rules for The Amazing Race, you may go online to www.rcypo.org/AmazingRace.html. You may also find the event on Facebook; search for “Amazing Race for Charity – Claremore.”
Registration for The Amazing Race for Charity is $25 per person, or $50 for your team of two. All entries are due by August 19, 2011. Registration is capped at 25 teams, so be sure to get yours in soon! If you need additional information, call (918) 257-0687.
Over the past three years, The Amazing Race for Charity has donated a total of $4,600 to the Wildcats softball team. “We are enthusiastic about the 2011 event and are optimistic in our ability to set a new fundraising record,” says Kris.
Donations received by the Wildcats softball team go towards the team’s travel expenses and registration fees for the Oklahoma Special Olympic Games held each spring. Total expenses for the team to participate run in excess of $2,000.
The Amazing Race for Charity provides area residents a great opportunity to work together as they have fun competing against one another, see places in Rogers County that they may have never visited before, and reach out with a helping hand to benefit the Rogers County Special Olympics Wildcat softball team. Check out the website today, register your team by the August 19 deadline, and spend a fun day on August 27 with friends or family as a participant in The Amazing Race for Charity. It’s guaranteed to make you feel good!
Blankenship graduated from the University of Oklahoma and has enjoyed a lifetime career in advertising. He started his own advertising business in 1993 and enjoys creating graphic art and writing. Hobbies include hunting, fishing and pencil drawings. Duane and his wife, Janice, have been married over 50 years and are active in their church and community. He has been a contributing writer for Value News/Values Magazine since 2005.