Healthy competition will run amok this Saturday during Eustis’ annual Amazing Race for Charity. The fundraiser, derived from a successful fundraising race in Ohio and based on The Amazing Race television series, starts at 9 a.m. in downtown.
As part of the fun, details of the hybrid obstacle-and-foot race are kept mum until the night before. Past races have averaged between five and six miles on foot with two-person teams competing twenty “challenge stations” along the way. The tasks may be as simple as solving a puzzle or as difficult as building a 2-person tent, rappelling from a tower, or a lip-sync competition.
The race attracts serious athletes as well as family teams and other amateur pairings. Awards are given for the fastest times in several categories: male/male, male/female, female/female and parent/child. Typically, the race takes over two hours to complete. Winning times can be as fast as ninety minutes.
At the end of the race, competitors gather at the Finish Line Festival in Ferran Park.