Wilkes Amazing Race scheduled for May 11

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The Wilkes Amazing Race (WAR) will be held on Saturday, May 11 from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.


The starting line for this year’s event will be at the Wilkesboro Open Air Market beside of 104 West Main St., Wilkesboro. WAR combines physical and mental challenges with a host of competitions.


Teams of two will enjoy a county wide adventure, while competing in ten Pit Stop Challenges, with the hopes of winning the ultimate prize.


Pit stop locations will be announced the day of the event.


“Ten amazing Pit Stop Challenges have signed on to make this year so much fun for the teams,” says Melissa Smithey, organizer of the event. “Each year, teams have told us that they had a great time, and this year will be no exception.”


The challenges are designed to be both fun and wacky but still challenging, according to Smithey. The challenges are located at different businesses and tourist locations throughout Wilkes County. People of any age and ability can enjoy competing at these challenges.


The winner will be the first team to complete all ten challenges, and then report to the finish line. After the race, teams will enjoy a Finish Line Awards Celebration. The Finish Line Celebration begins at 6 p.m.


To register go to www.WilkesAmazingRace.com. Registration is $30 per person until May 3, $40 per person from May 4-10, and $50 per person on race day.


Race Day registration will be at the starting line from 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. All teams require two participants with a minimum age of 12. While teams can work together there can only be one winner. All racers will receive a Wilkes Amazing Race T-shirt, map of pit stop locations, and race number. The first place prize is $200, second place is $100, and third place is $50.


A trophy will be given for Best Costume.


Proceeds from this event are donated to Samaritan’s Kitchen of Wilkes. Their mission is to “feed the hungry in Wilkes.” Ms. Smithey stated, “the Wilkes Amazing Race has helped raise more than $2,500 for Samaritan’s Kitchen.”


Presenting sponsor is GoWilkes.com. Finish line sponsors are CertainTeed and CenturyLink. The corporate sponsor is TenTen Thai. T-shirt sponsors are Physical Therapy Associates of Wilkes and Mountain Valley Hospice.


For more information, visit www.WilkesAmazingRace.com, or call (336) 902-8162.

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