Third Annual Grand River Amazing Race

May 07 2013

Cover photo: courtesy Village Photography by Neil de Boer

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Thanks for supporting our two teams – Dazed and Confused and GI Janes.

Together, they raised $5717.50 for Parents For Community Living.

It was a fantastic day – check out the photos from the event in this gallery!



So… what is an Amazing Race? Just like The Amazing Race reality television game show; teams compete in challenges in the hopes of winning the coveted prize at the end.

In the Grand River Amazing Race, teams compete to raise funds for 1 of 5 charities, of which PCL is one.

About the Race

The Grand River Amazing Race crew is forecasting their biggest race ever, aiming for 60 teams and raising $60,000.

“Organizers have been planning the challenges since the race ended last year. Expect bigger challenges and obstacles in this year’s theme,” said Race Engineer, Rick Gordner.

Participating teams will help raise money for five charities: Woolwich Community Services, Women’s Crisis Centre of Waterloo Region, Parents for Community Living, The Kissing Bridge Trailway Association and Skate Elmira.

Major sponsors play a vital role in the race’s success. “Volunteers and the generous community partners make our event the success that helps so many in need,” said Woolwich Kin Club President Melanie McNeil.

Sponsorships have helped support several needs in the region’s communities. “The pledged dollars Woolwich Community Services received from this event went directly into the programs and services we offer to residents in Woolwich and northern Wellesley townships. These programs and services include the Woolwich Food Bank, Woolwich Youth Centre and the Christmas Goodwill program,” said Barbara Zupko, Board Chair at Woolwich Community Services.

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Operative: Eyes Only

Teams of 2 or 3 will deploy for battle from West Montrose Family Campground to complete Operation: Amazing – a top secret mission that will take soldiers down the Grand River and through the deceptively beautiful terrain of the surrounding area. This pursuit of glory will take each company through various “battlefield” challenges where they may gain or lose valuable time – pushing individual and team skills to the limit.

Pledge level incentives provide companies with the ability to gain the “recon advantages” they may need to be the most amazing of them all!

The combat zone can only be infiltrated by limited number of elite soldiers…so recruitment will occur on a first come, first served basis.

Based on speed and “recon advantages” that companies achieve through fundraising, this race could take anywhere from one to three hours.

Scared? Don’t be…because we’re going to do it all Amazing Race style!

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Team Advantages

Teams can gain a competitive advantage by raising enough funds. Here are the advantages available:


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