This week there is a story about the Great Northern Amazing Race and I thought it was important to share how wonderful I think this event is going to be.
Most importantly the fact that this whole concept came about through the desire to have a much needed mentoring program is phenomenal in itself. Mentors are such an important aspect of many children’s lives and the Hazeltons can use as much help for our young and youth as we can get. The fact that a fun day designed to give people a chance to learn, laugh and get to know people is an added bonus.
In reading about the race people will learn that the four person team must be comprised of individuals from four different age groups. There must be a child under 10, a youth or teenager, a middle aged person and someone over 50. People can put together teams of family members or even friends. In fact, the organizers also have a list of individuals of various ages who want to be on a team but don’t have one of their own. So if you are interested in joining this brilliant day you can even put your name in at Storyteller’s and they might be able to get you on a team. Then you would get to meet new people and maybe find a new friend or two out of the event.
Now, for the day long race itself, well that sounds like a great idea. The race has been designed to get community members and youths inspired by all the positive aspects of positive living in the beautiful area we do while teaching and learning about our community. The different tasks will involve a wide variety of physical and mental challenges as well as testing you on history and local culture at various locations in the Hazeltons. The prizes them selves are reason enough to give it a try with first prize being $400.
Also at this event they will be unveiling the I Love My Community Mosaic which is a great collaboration of people photographs depicting their love for their home. Photographs have been submitted by a variety of locals and put together to spell the word love. The photos with their comments show which aspects of the community that they value the most and they have even created two podcasts to with peoples voices sharing their thoughts to accompany the art creation.
All in all, both these projects and this great day of fun is a wonderful testament to what a great place the Hazeltons and surrounding areas are to live. The additional bonus is we get see why other people love where we live and maybe make a new friend or two while earning some extra money.
I hope there will be tons of teams out for the race on Feb. 12 and I can’t wait to not only be a part of this Amazing Race but also watch people share their love for life and where we live.