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Carlisle race offers participants a mental challenge

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This year’s edition of the Salvation Army’s “Most Amazing Race” will take teams around the world as they run around Carlisle.

The race will be held Saturday, April 7, in conjunction with the Salvation Army’s annual Springfest at the Carlisle Expo Center.

“It started as an idea for a new fundraiser, and we’ve had really good feedback from the racers both years so we’re excited,” said Lauren Sheeler, business associate for the Salvation Army.

The event, sponsored by M&T Bank, was inspired by the CBS show “The Amazing Race” and sends teams of two all over Carlisle in an effort to win a grand prize of $1,000. Second place finishers take home $500 and third place wins $250.

The theme for this year’s race is “Around the World”

From the starting line at the expo center, teams will complete a challenge to get clues that will lead them to other checkpoints. Following the clues at each checkpoint, they must successfully complete challenges until they reach the end of the race. The race will be five miles in length, encompassing eight stops, involving physical and mental skills, as well as activities that may include running or puzzle solving.

Sheeler said the race isn’t just for runners. Breaking down the math, the teams will run or walk about three-quarters of a mile between the eight stops.

“You’re not running five miles. You’re going a distance and then stop and do a challenge. Then, you’re going another distance, and stop and do a challenge,” she said.

Ten teams have already signed up for the race, which does not carry a registration fee. Rather, the participants do their own fundraising and are required to raise at least $250 to qualify for the event. The top three fundraising teams are given special advantages to give them an edge against their competitors.

Because details of the race, including the route, are kept secret, family and friends don’t have an opportunity to cheer them on along the route. Instead, they can see the teams off at the start line, and then enjoy Springfest until the teams return.

More than 60 vendors will offer goods for sale, including food, handmade jewelry, furniture, and other arts and crafts. Food trucks will be stationed outside, along with a bounce house for the kids, and other family-friendly activities.

“They will keep them busy while your family member or friend is racing, and then you can cheer them on when they come into the finish line,” Sheeler said.

To participate in “The Most Amazing Race,” go to www.SalvationArmyCarlisle.org. Click on “Register” and fill out the registration form. Then, click on the “Become a Fundraiser” button and begin fundraising.

Vendors and volunteers are still being accepted for Springfest. For more information, contact the Salvation Army at 717-249-1411.

Email Tammie at tgitt@cumberlink.com. Follow her on Twitter @TammieGitt.

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