The Washington Park District is looking for a few good teams for its first Washington Amazing Race.



Recreation manager Kristy Howell said she has six teams signed up, but there is still room in the Nov. 8 event.


The Washington Park District is looking for a few good teams for its first Washington Amazing Race.

Recreation manager Kristy Howell said she has six teams signed up, but there is still room in the Nov. 8 event.

Howell said because the show is such a hit and Peoria had a successful race of its own, she thinks it would be good fun for Washington.

Howell, with the help of “Amazing Race” fan and chamber of commerce director Carol Hamilton, has several challenges set up for the contestants.

“We have several things planned,” Howell said, “that are physical, mental, silly fun.”

The only details about the challenges are that they involve local businesses.

However, because it is modeled after the popular TV show, those details are being kept a secret, Howell said.

“The Amazing Race,” a CBS show currently in its 13th season, pits teams against each other and the clock as they race around the globe finding clues to their next destination, including a pit stop for refreshments.

Howell said each team will have its own color and must provide its own transportation.

Teams will gather at the park district office, 105 S. Spruce St., where they will receive their first challenge.

After beating the challenge and getting their first clue, they will be off and running, Howell said, adding teams will be given different clues in order to stagger the contestants to avoid too many at the same destination at the same time.

At each place, the teams will receive a challenge which will result in the clue to the next place, Howell said.

She added she expects the race will take about two hours.

The winner of the race will receive a cash prize, and the more teams there are, the larger the prize, Howell said.

Anyone interested will need a team of four people. The fee to participate is $60, and teams can register at the park district.