The inaugural Capital One Race For Kids last weekend raised $20,000 from more than 115 participants for the Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs.
The event saw teams of five compete in a series of 10 themed checkpoint challenges in a race to the finish line. The Kelowna event was the first of 13 adventure races slated to take place from coast-to-coast over the next week in support of local boys’ and girls’ clubs across Canada.
“This adventure race has been a great example of having fun, being a kid again and making a difference to the lives of others,” said Craig Monley, CEO, Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs. “We are so excited by the response of our communities across the valley and the commitment people have to helping the young people and Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs in providing outstanding programs and services that help shape their future.
Designed to let participants be kids again and recreate their favourite childhood memories, the Capital One Race for Kids is a cross between Minute to Win It and The Amazing Race. Checkpoints incorporated activities that focused the mind and challenged the body. Each team was provided with 10 clues, one for each checkpoint to identify its location, which included the iconic “Go here to find a tsunami of a deal on stainless steel”.
“This was so much fun. The clues were a little tricky and the activities brought my team back to our childhood. We are coming back next year for sure,” said Kari Hood, who participated in the race on Saturday.
The Race for Kids, which took place in 13 communities including, among others, Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver, Kamloops and Summerside marks the first time a Canadian not-for-profit has created a national fundraising event based on the adventure race model.
The Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs would like to thank their top local event sponsors: Coast Whole Sale Appliances, Dockside Marine Centre, Get Hoppy Inflatables, KalTire, McDonalds, Okanagan Chrysler Jeep Dodge, Vital Water, Artix, Case Office Interiors, AM1150, Sun FM, EZ Rock and The Daily Courier. Many more business provided prizes and supplies and we are thankful for their contribution as well, added Monley.