Winning or losing didn’t matter Friday, May 31. It was all about how the race was run.
Richland-Wilkin Kinship’s 13th Annual Amazing Race was held in Wahpeton and Breckenridge, Minnesota. Twenty-six competitive and non-competitive teams tested their abilities on a fun-filled course.
“I think it was fabulous,” Director Rebekah Christensen said. “The weather couldn’t have been more perfect.”
For more than a decade, teams have come out in hot temperatures, cool temperatures and even as the rain fell. Christensen is proud of what good sports the participants are.
“Quite honestly, there’s no practice run. They’re having to figure this out on the fly. But they’re in it to have fun,” she said.
Traditionally held on the first night of Blue Goose Days, the Amazing Race is Kinship’s signature fundraiser. It is meant to create lasting, fun memories for anyone involved.
“These people are amazing,” Christensen said. “I appreciate their support and participation and I hope they had a whole lot of fun.”
Six teams raced in the competitive division. “The Untouchables,” whose team color was red, came in first. They were followed by “The Skillet Lickers” (sky) and “Wilkin County 4-H Ambies” (military green). Completing the competitive division were “Victorious Secret” (light pink), “Sweet Soles” (jade) and “The Great White Buffalo” (white).
“Our emcee, Joe Schreiner, got a kick out of all the unique names,” Christensen said.
The 20 teams racing in the family divisions were divided into groups of 10. “Straight off the Couch,” whose team color was coral silk, came in first.
“They won an extra prize package for raising the most money as a team for Kinship,” Christensen said. “The biggest winner is Kinship, which raised approximately $7,000 for youth mentoring as a result of the teams working to raise the race entry fees.”
Second place in the first family division went to “Team Bremer,” sporting royal-colored T-shirts. “Busy Bees,” which wore violet, came in third.
The first division also included “We Match” (orange), “River Rats” (Tennessee orange), “We Got the Runs” (cardinal), “Peanut Butter and Jelly Legs” (orchid and old gold), “K-Kids” (sapphire), “Muehlberg Madness” (lime) and “K-Kats” (safety pink).
“Team Dryburgh,” which wore heliconia, led the second family division. They were followed by “The Farmer Crew,” which wore gold, and “Believers Club,” which wore safety green.
Completing the second division were “Wyndmere 4-H Racers” (sport grey), “4-H To Win It” (safety orange), “The Mermaids” (iris), “Essentia” (daisy), “Pokey Dotz” (neon green), “Half-Shell Heroes” (Kelly green) and “Kinship Rocks” (Galapagos blue).
Numerous individuals and businesses sponsored the Amazing Race. Christensen is grateful for the support.
“All year, kids are able to have mentors and benefit greatly from that relationship. It’s a result of every person who participated in some way in Kinship’s Amazing Race,” she said.