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Fox Valley Park District's 'Amazing Race' returns Aug. 9

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By Jeff Long
Fox Valley Park District

The Fox Valley Park District's local adaptation of the famously frenetic TV show "The Amazing Race" returns Saturday, Aug. 9, with the sixth annual rendition of the event at 9 a.m. from the Eola Community Center, 555 S. Eola Road, Aurora.

The Fox Valley Amazing Race features four-person teams of adults who use a special map and follow crazy clues to conquer bizarre challenges in pursuit of victory.

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The entry fee is $92 per team (ages 21 and older). A post-race party and awards celebration will be held at Town Bar & Grill in Aurora and feature free food that will include wings, quesadillas, pulled pork sandwiches and other tasty fare. Final registration deadline is Aug. 6.

While the TV show features competitors that jump from continent to continent across the globe, Fox Valley's turf is the three-city spread of Aurora, North Aurora and Montgomery. The racecourse will include stops at several of the park district's 164 parks and many of its facilities such as Blackberry Farm and Red Oak Nature Center, local businesses and city of Aurora locations.

Teams of four will traverse the communities via car and foot in hopes of conquering each challenge, outsmarting the competition and navigating their way on a map to victory.

"There are some physical challenges, but it also involves a lot of mental sharpness and navigation skills," said event coordinator Matt Odom. "The winners won't necessarily be the fastest or strongest; the race also requires a lot of savvy and smarts. You stay a step ahead of the other teams by outthinking them."

For more information, contact www.foxvalleyparkdistrict.org or (630) 851-8990.

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