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Race For Kids – a chance for adults to have fun - May. 28, 2014


Kathy Bockus
St. Stephen
The more teams the merrier!
That’s the opinion of the organizers behind the third annual Race For Kids event in support of the Boys and Girls Club of Charlotte County.
So far there are 12 teams signed up to participate in the race, set for Saturday in St. Stephen. The slogan of the event is “When Grown Ups Play, Kids Win.”
Heather Estey, executive director of the boys and girls club, said the event can accommodate however many teams wish to participate. A team consists of four individuals who have raised a minimum of $375. Teams can register online or, if they need assistance doing so, can contact Estey at the club at 466-4300, ext. 5, and she can lend a hand.
The prizes are nothing to sneeze at.
The team which posts the fastest time after registering at all 10 checkpoints along the race course wins $1,000. Second place collects $600 and third place receives $400.
The individual who raises the most money wins two free WestJet tickets.
The members of the best dressed team, voted on by participants, each receive one year free of Gold Rush play, a weekly 50-50 draw sponsored by the club. Members of the team voted to have the most team spirit will each win six months free Gold Rush play.
Estey pointed out the first year of the event, a team dressed as the Avengers won the best dressed portion of the race and one of those members ended up winning a weekly Gold Rush draw, too, because of his free chances at playing.
Estey said the race is fun for participants.
“They get to do things as an adult that they don’t do on a regular basis. They get to play and have fun.”
Some ideas for the race come from a pool of ideas used by other clubs across Canada and posted by the national boys and girls club office.
The events for this year’s race are all new, promised Estey.
“Every year it’s a different route and different challenges.” She said ideas are also “stolen” from television shows and some she’s thought of on her own.
While she and the majority of onlookers thought the pizza toss (throwing pieces of pepperoni onto a pie plate anchored to another team member’s head) was fun, participants said it left them greasy.
So, while the pizza event is out this year, “there will be one more messy challenge this year,” promised Estey with a laugh.
Money raised by the race in its first year paid for the club’s move to its new headquarters on Route 170, just outside St. Stephen town limits and for some capital expenses.
Last year, proceeds were used for air conditioning and a heat pump to make the club building more energy efficient. This year, Estey said the funds raised will be used towards having air conditioning installed in the Kids Zone play area.
“To be operational, it definitely needs air conditioning,” said Estey.
Anyone who is not on a team but wishes to participate in the event can make a pledge on line or sponsor a team or a player.