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Charity race ready to roll

BY ROBERT TAGLIALEGNE Organizers of The Amazing Charity Race are gearing up once again to raise money for Sudbury- area charities.
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BY ROBERT TAGLIALEGNE

Organizers of The Amazing Charity Race are gearing up once again to raise money for Sudbury- area charities.

The United Way and Canadian Red Cross have joined together to run their version of the Amazing Race, which take will  place Friday, May 26.

Last year, the event raised $24,000 for the two charities. Eleven teams participated in 2005, the first time the race took place in Sudbury. Interest was so great that the organizers had to turn away some teams.

Peggy Llewellyn, community services co-ordinator for the Canadian Red Cross in Sudbury, said the event was expanded this year to allow more teams to take part.

"Preparations are coming along very well … there is room for 10 to 12 more teams."

Teams have until May 12 to register.

The race is based on the popular CBS program in which 10 teams of two players jet around the world to solve clues and perform tasks in order to remain in the competition.

In the Sudbury race, teams of 10 will leave the Holiday Inn on Regent St. at noon. The participants are provided a touring vehicle and a driver. The teams try to solve clues and complete tasks before moving on to the next location and, eventually, the finish line.

The race is against other teams and the clock - the race ends at 6 pm. The first team to complete the course wins the race. The grand prize is tickets to a Blue Jays game and a helicopter ride for three people over Sudbury.

The race not only raises money for charity, but is also a good time.

"Our games will be more engaging and challenging than last years," said Llewellyn. As well, teams are encouraged to choose a theme and dress accordingly. Prizes will be given for the best costumes.

The cost to participate is $250 in pledges per person or $2,500 in pledges for teams of 10.

One team last year collected nearly $5,000.

Teams interested in participating can phone the Canadian Red Cross (674-0737) or the United Way (560-3330) for information.




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