Amazing Support Made “The MOST Amazing Race” a Hit – Again!

Teams register for Minneapolis-St. Paul's MOST Amazing Race.

Last weekend, the cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota were transformed into one giant race course for several dozen brave adventurers.

The Salvation Army Northern Division hosted their sixth annual “MOST Amazing Race,” patterned after the CBS hit show “The Amazing Race.” 23 final teams of two hussled from checkpoint to checkpoint where they faced mental and physical challenges that ranged from fun to silly to difficult to tasty! See the photo captions for more details – there’s one challenge in particular that would make even the bravest of the brave think twice…

Some competitors jumped from the University of Minnesota's 10 meter high dive - that's 33 feet!

Congrats to Grant Dietrich and Jesse Struve of the team “Two Guys,” first-time winners of The MOST Amazing Race and the $5,000 grand prize provided by the race’s corporate sponsors! They crossed the finish line with an impressive time of 4 hours, 8 minutes, followed closely by teams “Let’s Winning” and “Super Karate Monkey Death Car.”

One challenge required teams to answer 5 questions about restaurants, then call in an order for 2 pizzas, race to the restaurant, and eat their order!

While the race is a ton of fun, it also supports an important cause as teams fundraise in order to compete. The earnings benefits The Salvation Army’s Bed and Bread Club, which helps alleviate hunger and homelessness in the Twin Cities. Over $214,000 has been raised since the event started in 2006. This year competitors and donors helped raise more than $22,000!

Some challenges worked in Salvation Army history and culture, such as this one above where teams had to assemble Red Kettles. Another challenge involved a canteen with Salvation Army doughnut girls dressed in costume. Tams had to drink 2 cups of coffee and eat 16 mini doughnuts, which harkens to our service in WW1 as well as current disaster relief services.

We also want to shout the praises of our teams who did an amazing job with fundraising: congratulations to our top fundraising team “Adventure Guy and Gal,” along with “House of Luu’s” and “Two Guys.”

Find more info about the race, plus awesome photos, at www.thesalarmy.org/race. We already can’t wait for next year!

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