The Fox Valley Park District’s local adaptation of the famously frenetic TV show “The Amazing Race” returns on Saturday, Aug. 9, when the sixth annual rendition of the event will be held starting at 9 a.m. from the Eola Community Center.
The Fox Valley Amazing Race features four-person teams of adults who use a special map and follow crazy clues to conquer bizarre challenges in pursuit of victory.
Entry fee is $92 per team (21 and up), with an official race T-shirt guaranteed for those who register by July 25. A post-race party and awards celebration will be held at Town Bar & Grill in Aurora and feature free food that will include wings, quesadillas, pulled pork sandwiches and other tasty fare. Final registration deadline is Aug. 6.
Whereas the TV show features competitors that jump from continent to continent across the globe, Fox Valley’s turf is the three-city spread of Aurora, North Aurora and Montgomery. The race course will include stops at several of the Park District’s 164 parks and many of its facilities such as Blackberry Farm and Red Oak Nature Center, local businesses and City of Aurora locations.
Teams of four will traverse the communities via car and foot in hopes of conquering each challenge, outsmarting the competition and navigating their way on a map to victory.
“There are some physical challenges, but it also involves a lot of mental sharpness and navigation skills,” said event coordinator Matt Odom. “The winners won’t necessarily be the fastest or strongest; the race also requires a lot of savvy and smarts. You stay a step ahead of the other teams by out-thinking them.”
PHOTO CAPTION: Teams of four adults will try to solve crazy clues and conquer bizarre challenges at the Fox Valley Amazing Race on Aug. 9. Priority registration runs through July 25.