Amazing Race For Charity
Amazing Race For Charity
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AMAZING RACE FOR CHARITY POSTPONED - DATE TBA

Back on March 13th we announced that the 7th Annual Amazing Race for Charity, originally scheduled for April 4th, would be moved to May 30th. At the time, we believed that we would have a better idea within the following 30 days about ways in which the race would have to change to meet the guidelines. In the interim, we have consulted the Governor's recommendations about large-scale events and recognize that the 7th Annual Amazing Race for Charity meets several of the criteria for crowd size and interaction possibilities. While we could simply sanitize every item in the race every time one of the 300 race teams touched it, we would still be asking our volunteers, many of whom are part of the most at-risk population, to interact with 500+ people in close contact for a large window of time that day.

Based upon the best advice of medical professionals and following the guidelines of the office of the Governor of Florida, we have made the difficult choice to postpone the Amazing Race for Charity again. Our new date has not been finalized and will not be chosen until the state takes us further into the Governor's mandated phases. We expect to know by early June when a potential date may be available.

We are, understandably, hesitant to set a date right now. We want to be able to help you plan when to actually join us, but we also don't want to prematurely schedule a date that may have to change AGAIN.
We also will not push past late September, as we would be far too close to the 2021 race, which is scheduled for early April next year.

IN THE MEANTIME, We are putting finishing touches on the first ever VIRTUAL AMAZING RACE FOR CHARITY, which will begin at the end of May and go through the month of June. This online event will allow you to share in the wackiness of the in-person race and show off your response to challenges on social media and our website. Look for an announcement about specific sponsored challenges in the coming days.

To answer some questions in advance, please refer to a FAQ below:

Q: WHAT CHANGES ARE YOU EXPECTING OTHER THAN THE DATE?
A: Unless all restrictions are lifted, we will most likely need to limit the number of racers congregating in one place, provide additional protections for our volunteers, and adjust challenges to minimize handling of items that cannot be easily cleaned between uses.

Q: COVID-19 MIGHT STILL BE AN ISSUE FOR THE NEXT FEW MONTHS. WHAT ELSE WILL YOU DO THEN?
A: We expect that the state and federal government will have a clear response plan and give additional guidelines about events within 30 days as new phases of the efforts to re-open the state move forward. Regardless, we plan to have additional hand washing stations available along the race course and alcohol-based hand sanitizer available for racer and volunteer use.

Q: WON'T IT BE EVEN HOTTER IN JULY, AUGUST, OR SEPTEMBER?
A: Oh, yes! And we're ready. We plan to expand our water stations and have more of them. We also know the the fire station will return with a great challenge that has plenty of cool water and we plan to let you buy out of the Frozen T-Shirt challenge this year, so there will be a water tent there if you want to duck underneath.

Q: IF I CAN'T PARTICIPATE ON THE NEW DATE, WHAT HAPPENS TO MY REGISTRATION?
A: We are so sad you can't participate and we wish this could have been different. Still, we want to see you back! Any registrations that cannot be used this year because of the date change can be transferred the April 2021 race. After we announce a date, please let us know so we can remove those funds from this year's collection so that it can be credited to our charities next year.

Q: WHAT IF I CAN'T PARTICIPATE AS A VOLUNTEER ON A FUTURE DATE? A: Please let your charity captain know so that they can find another volunteer. It will be necessary for charities to reconfirm their volunteers so that they have enough people to run their challenges and meet their commitments to receive full funding from the race.

Q: CAN WE EXPECT ANY SPECIAL ADDITIONS BECAUSE YOU HAVE MORE TIME?
A: Absolutely! With an additional few months to plan, we know there are even crazier things we can accomplish! We've already had 6 extra weeks and you wouldn't believe what we've concocted! Look out for even wackier challenges!!!

If you need a specific issue answered about your volunteer team, please contact our volunteer coordinator, Tammie Vinson, directly. (tamvin1@aol.com)
If you need to discuss sponsorship, please contact our sponsorship chair, Jill Baker or the race director, Tim Totten. (damselfly0805@yahoo.com)
For media requests, please contact B.E. Thompson. (bethompson@gmail.com)
If you need to discuss the Finish Line Festival or non-profit vendor issues, please contact Sandi Moore. (sandi@leesburgchamber.com)

We will keep you updated if we need to make any adjustments to this announcement.

Sincerely submitted,
The Board of the Amazing Race for Charity
Tammie Vinson, B.E. Thompson, Sandi Moore, Tim Totten, Jill Baker


   

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7th Annual Amazing Race for Charity Early Bird Race Registration, limited to 100 teams. The first 100 teams to register will get the half-price registration and be able to choose their starting time window.

Register For The Race Here

This race is designed for adults. Children MUST BE 10 years of age by race day, April 4th, 2020 and anyone under 18 must race with a parent or guardian.

Register to Volunteer Here

   

Donations in the memory of Carla Gnann-Thompson.

Checks can be mailed to:
632 S. Bay Street, Eustis, FL 32726




 

About The Race

Based upon ideas from the hit CBS television series, The Amazing Race, this event is derived from a successful race that organizers in Loveland, Ohio have staged annually for the last eight years. The Amazing Charity Race (formerly Loveland's Amazing Race) has raised almost half a million dollars for charity and now sells all 600+ team slots in less than 12 hours almost a full year in advance! Lake County's Amazing Race for Charity owes a debt of gratitude to the organizers in Ohio (Doug, Martin and company) for their logistical support preparing our very own version. Check out their website for details about the Ohio version.

ABOUT THE AMAZING RACE FOR CHARITY

In the year or two before the first race, which occurred in April 2014, Tim Totten started discussing bringing a race like the one in Loveland, Ohio to Eustis. Once the city agreed, he found the folks he needed to form the board, as well as many very dedicated people that would volunteer to help put on the race.

The board consists of Timothy Totten, Jill Baker, Tammie Vinson, B.E. Thompson and Sandi Moore.

The board continues to do the planning, etc. for the race, along with approximately 300 volunteers each year and many stay on from year to year.

WHAT IS THE AMAZING RACE FOR CHARITY?

2020 Race Location: Eustis, Florida

While the details of the race are kept secret until the week before the race, we can tell you that past races have averaged between 5 and 6 miles on foot. Along the way, teams of two complete 20 challenge stations that may be as simple as solving a puzzle or reciting Miranda Rights to as difficult as building a 2-person tent or rappelling off a tower. While typical runners may take 2+ hours to complete the race, the overall winning times range from 1:30:00 to 1:40:00.

The race attracts serious competitors, marathoners, triathletes, adventure racers, and amateurs alike. Awards are given for the fastest times in several categories; male/male, male/female, female/female and parent/child, but many of the participants claim they race for the funky challenges that get thrown their way, like "Blow Putt" and "Shot in the Dark".

At the end of the day, racers have learned a little more about the host city, enjoyed an amazing workout, participated as a team and, in some cases, worked with other teams to complete a challenge. Gathered in the park for the Finish Line Festival at the end of the race, participants and volunteers trade smiles and laughs about the day's challenges, knowing that their wild day has also benefited worthy local charities.

Racers must be at least 10 years old on race day to participate and their teammate must be a parent or guardian.

Amazing Race for Charity, Inc. is a 501(c)3 not for profit corporation. Registration #CH50599

A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE (800-435-7352) WITHIN THE STATE. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE.


PLEASE SUPPORT OUR SPONSORS

Presenting Sponsor

Florida Cancer Specialists

Finish Line Festival Sponsor

CityOfEustis


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Amazing Race For Charity, Inc.
a 501(c)(3) not for profit corporation
Office: PO Box 1663, Eustis, FL 32727-1663
352.242.8111 ~ Email

 

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