First Amazing Race for Charity a fun-filled success

The contestants listen to Race Day instructions.

The inaugural Amazing Race for Charity challenged 17 two-person teams to think and move fast, work together, and push their comfort zones just a bit, but when it was over, all 34 competitors smiled and organizers talked about “next year.”

The event began and ended on the south side of the courthouse. Teams found clues placed around downtown Jefferson and went to locations including the new Jefferson mural on E. Washington St, Russell Park, the public library, and even Spare Time Lanes.

Jan Scharpe led contestants through yoga poses at Russell Park.

Teams were timed on the race, with minutes added for incomplete challenges or “hints” needed to keep them moving along the course.

They returned to the  Community Center, where they had already done two challenges, for lunch and awards.

The first place winner was the Iowa Biokinemetrics, Emily Neese and Max Neese, with a time of 2 hours, 1 minute, 1 second. The second place team, Bright Lights, Krystal and Kevin Light, was just 41 seconds behind them. In third place were the Soul Mates, Mike Cunningham and Jeri Cartsens , in 2 hours, 2 minutes, 36 seconds.

Instigator/organizer Ian Wilkinson (back, left) with winners (continuing from left) Krystal and Kevin Light, Jamie Theulen and Cole DeHoety, Mike Cunningham and Jeri Carstens, Max Neese and Emily Neese, and Mike and Sherry Palmer.

Mike and Sherry Palmer, The Globetrotters, won the costume contest. The Naughty Gamers, Cole DeHoet and Jamie Theulen,  won the Perseverance award.

Funds raised by the inaugural Amazing Race for Charity are designated for BOOST. The race was hosted by Greene County Chamber & Tourism and Jefferson Matters: Main Street with many sponsors.



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