It’s A Rad, Rad, Rad, Rad World: Race Collects $64,000 for Hungry/Homeless
Gorging on an Italian meal without your hands, acting out charades, dancing up a storm and dressing a hotel bed perfectly were just some of the activities that participants were required to perform at The Salvation Army Northern Division’s MOST Amazing Race on July 21.
How many individuals are housed each night at The Salvation Army’s Harbor Light Center – an emergency assistance, housing and rehabilitation center – in downtown Minneapolis? Contestants will be able to tell you the answer is 420. Yes, they were also required to memorize a few statistics!
30 teams of two competed in the 7th annual race (modeled after the popular CBS show Amazing Race) that typically takes anywhere from four to six hours to finish. Winners Kelly Brinkman and Tom Puzak managed to pull off every mental and physical challenge in a time of 03:54:16, earning the couple the $5,000 grand prize provided by sponsors! That’s a pretty amazing feat in itself; second place winners jogged to the finish line 35 minutes later.
The best part? In total the teams, along with the 16 teams that entered but did not meet the fundraising minimum to participate, raised over $64,000 to fight homelessness and hunger in Minneapolis. Truly, this is the MOST Amazing Race!
“The biggest joy was landing on the Salvation Army shield at the end, knowing so many people gave everything Saturday to make the race happen, to complete it and to raise so much money for those most in need,” said contestant Kristen Ostendorf.
Of course, this event wouldn’t be possible without The Salvation Army’s amazing volunteers:
“They were what kept us going!” said racer Colleen O’Neil. “They were gracious, generous and had the best smiles for us when came to the next challenge! That stood out and really kept us going.”
The Salvation Army is so incredibly thankful for all of the contestants, volunteers, community partners and sponsors who made this event possible. See you all next year!