PALMERSTON – With 86 eager participants, 43 daring teams, 17 hardworking volunteers, 10 grueling challenges, eight generous sponsors, and one incredible guest speaker, the fourth annual Amazing Race Norwell Edition took place in downtown Palmerston on Oct. 15.
Norwell students attended a kick off assembly led by Olympian, Amazing Race Canada finalist and Believe Initiative founder Sarah Wells. Her inspiring message was to “Get back up.” She started the Amazing Race, allowing participants to find their clue, and set off.
The event was a great opportunity for students to get some exercise, work with local businesses, test their skills and be pushed to their limits.
Organizers thanked event sponsors: the Minto Youth Action Council, Mapleton Township, Minto Arts Council, local realtor Karen Flewwelling, OSIM Interactive, Minto Dance Academy, Palmerston Lions Club and Palmerston Legion.
Challenges were hosted at the Norgan Theatre, Lawrence Park, the Wellington County Library’s Palmerston branch, Home Hardware, the Railway Heritage Museum, Canada Post, Kulfi Cafe and CIBC bank, as well at the CNR park with the help of the Minto fire department.
“It was super fun and a good opportunity to hang out with friends that have different classes and discover Palmerston,” stated Amazing Race finalist Braydon Prevost. “The challenges were unique and something you wouldn’t normally get to do.”
Winners of the event were the team of Adam Chittick and Bailey Drost, who received two tickets to The Old Post escape room in Harriston. The top five finalists received care packages donated by the Minto Mental Health Association.
The directors of The Amazing Race Norwell Edition stated they are looking forward to new opportunities for next year’s event.
“This year’s Amazing Race went really well,” said Brianna Flewwelling, leadership student and Amazing Race director.
“A lot of planning went into making this event possible, from ordering T-shirts to contacting businesses and promoting to teams. I am super excited for future Amazing Races to come.”