A sense of adventure and a desire to win are the basic requirements for a May fundraiser.
Lark’s Amazing Race — hosted by Lark Enterprises — requires no fancy running shoes. All competitors need is a vehicle and the ability to outsmart and outdo the competition.
Although there is no affiliation with the television show, “The Amazing Race,” the premise and methods are similar, said Katie Weisz, Lark’s marketing specialist.
Weather shouldn’t be a factor, either. The race, which begins and ends at Cascade Park, is planned for May 7 with registration starting at 8 a.m. and the race beginning at 9:15 a.m.
The inaugural community- and family-oriented event replaces Lark’s golf outing, which was held for 15 years, Weisz said.
“The golf outing was successful but it does require a certain skill, and the race reaches out to more of the community,” she explained.
The proceeds will help defray the cost of client transportation so that individuals with disabilities can receive job training and employment services.
Secret locations throughout Lawrence County will be “destination sites,” Weisz said, adding those places will host physical and mental tasks that each team must complete correctly before receiving the next clue. Teams of two people each will battle to complete all of the challenges — such as an obstacle course or riddle — correctly to win the race.
“Right now, we are keeping the destinations secret, but they will mainly be to private sector businesses throughout the county,” she noted, adding travel by vehicle is necessary.
The park’s dance hall will provide a place for spectators to gather, Weisz explained.
“The park was chosen because it’s an open area and signifies a lot about New Castle.”
Weisz and Alice Sankey, Lark’s chief executive officer, will coordinate the race, which also calls for a large number of volunteers to oversee destinations and provide clues.
“We have a lot of helping hands, Weisz said.
Each team must raise a minimum of $150 or $75 per person to enter the race. However, the more funds a team raises, the more advantages it will have the day of the race, Weisz said, noting only 50 teams may enter into the competition.
Contestants must be at least 18 and if younger, need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Those who are interested in competing as a team may contact her at (724) 657-2001, extension 105 or at www.larkenterprises.org under the Make a Difference page.
“We’re hoping team members will invite family and friends to be spectators,” Weisz said. “And we want to let people know what Lark is doing in the community.”
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