The Blue Springs Parks & Recreation Department will offer a new event on Oct. 4 at Wilbur Young Park in which two-person teams will gather clues and race through a number of physical and mental challenges and checkpoints.
The event is called the Blue Springs Amazing Challenge. The idea behind it is to get more people involved in the department’s activities and “(get) people off the couch and out and moving,” said Justin Stuart, the city’s recreation superintendent.
“Our parks and recreation staff has been looking at unique opportunities other than the regular sports leagues and dance classes, looking for new things to get more people involved,” Stuart said. “It’s a different kind of activity we can put together. It’s not necessarily something people can do on their own.”
The event will have an adult division for those at least 18 and an adult/youth division, in which one team member must be at least 18 and the other younger than 18. There is no minimum age requirement for the adult/youth division, Stuart said.
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The fee is $40 per person, which includes breakfast.
The event is based on The Amazing Race television show, which has two-person teams travel the world for about 25 days, take on various challenges and vie for a $1 million prize.
“We’re bringing it down to a local level,” Stuart said.
The Amazing Challenge starts at 9 a.m. Oct. 4. The park is at 1100 S.E. Adams Dairy Parkway next to Blue Springs South High School.
The registration deadline is Sept. 22. Entrants can register online at bluespringsgov.com/amazingchallenge (click on “Register Here”), by phone at 816-228-0137 or by mail or in person at Blue Springs City Hall, 903 W. Main St., Blue Springs, Mo., 64015.