The Salvation Army to host the city’s 2nd annual Most Amazing Race

PHOTOS PROVIDED Two competitors from last year’s Most Amazing Race run to their destination. The second annual Most Amazing Race, hosted by The Salvation Army, starts at 10 a.m. Aug. 3 at Lycoming College’s Intramural Field. The Race is inspired by “The Amazing Race,” hosted by CBS.

By COURTNEY

HAYDEN

chayden@sungazette.com

Get ready to be challenged at the second annual scavenger hunt event, The Most Amazing Race, inspired by the CBS television show, “The Amazing Race,” hosted by The Salvation Army. Williamsport’s second annual Most Amazing Race is on Aug. 4, said Anthony Perrotta, public relation and program and fund development for The Salvation Army. The race begins at 10 a.m. at Lycoming College’s Intramural Field.

Teams of two people will compete in physical and mental challenges through clues leading them through downtown Williamsport by walking, running or taking the River Valley Transit, Perrotta said. Last year teams participated in varying challenges such as Find that Artifact at the Thomas T. Taber Museum, an “improv” skit at the Community Theatre League and a jump shot/slam dunk at FlyWorld, and much more, Perrotta said.

After the first race last year, a post-survey showed participants enjoyed the event and would do it again, Perrotta said. Participants shared that the “challenges were fun and creative” and it was a “fun day.” In 2017, they raised $14,000 from donations and sponsors.

“This year’s challenges will be unique, further testing teams to work together to accomplish tasks established at each location,” he said. There will be “different challenges, different locations and a few surprises.”

The first 25 teams to register and raise a minimum of $250 by Aug. 3 are guaranteed a spot to compete in the challenge, Perrotta and The Salvation Army said. Participants must be 16 or older.

The first place winners will receive a “$500 grand prize,” Perrotta said. Second and third place winners and the team who fundraises the most also receive prizes. The award ceremony takes place where the race begins, at Lycoming College’s Intramural Field, The Salvation Army said.

The Most Amazing Race raises awareness and fundraises for The Salvation Army’s programs and services, such as Project Break Through, The Salvation Army said. Project Break Through helps break the poverty cycle for families in Lycoming County by becoming “economically self-sustaining.”

The Salvation Army’s Food Pantry provided “over 2,400 grocery orders” for families, seniors and individuals in the community over the past year, Perrotta said. In the last year, they also helped more than 800 people receive utility or rental assistance and 1,200 people with clothing assistance. During Christmas, 9,500 toys were given to children and the Christmas food basket program helped more than 1,000 people.

To register for the second annual Most Amazing Race, visit salvationarmywilliams ­port.org.

For more information, call Perrotta at 570-326-9187 or visit salvationarmywilliamsport.org under “The Amazing Race — Frequently Asked Questions.”

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