Tips on Running Your Own AMAZING RACE
Last night one of my favorite shows was on. The Amazing Race has so many cool elements to it, from the challeneges that are based on the country they’re visiting to the dynamics of the teams to the U-Turns, Detours and Fast Forwards.
Having done a version of The Amazing Race as part of a teen travel camp I can tell you that it’s a lot of fun. If you ever want to do your own Amazing Race program there are a number of ways you can go about it.
- Families competing
- Couples competing
- College Students competing
- Groups of teens competing
- Around town
- Around the county
- Throughout the state
- With or without U-Turns, Detours and Fast Forwards
- Using their own vehicles
- Using only public transportation
- Using vans with staff drivers
- On foot only
Once you’ve decided on who, where and how, you need to figure out what. What will the challenges be? That all depends on what you have around you. Are you in the mountains, by the sea, or located downtown? Get a team of staff together and start brainstorming.
After you have decided on the challenges, approach the companies or owners of the places you are going to go and see if they will allow you to do your challenges for no fee or a reduced fee. For example, if you are having the teams kayak across a bay ask the kayak company if you can do it for free. Offer some advertisement in your marketing materials in exchange if needed. Now, if you’re having the teams go to a local park or mall and the task is to sing a duet on a karaoke machine that you already have, you won’t need to worry about fees.
A few more things to think about:
- To film the teams or not – if you only have a few teams a staff member can follow them with a camcorder and film them doing their tasks. If there are more than a few teams you can have staff or volunteers can be at the task areas filming each team as they come through.
- Team T-Shirts – having each team with different colored shirts and the logo of your race is always fun.
- Will it be a one day or multi day race?
- Will you eliminate teams or not? In a one day race I would say no. In a multi day race I would say yes if the teams are families. If the teams are composed of kids that are at your Amazing Race camp then the answer would be, no.
- Do you have a logo for your Amazing Race?
Make sure you have scouted out the course ahead of time. Also, give the teams a list of things they whould have if your staff is not staying with them the whole time. Maps, water, and money are a few of the things they may need to have with them.
Putting together an Amazing Race contest will take some work, but the program is something the contestants will be talking about for a very long time if done right.
Have you done an Amazing Race program? Do you have suggestions of your own? Leave a comment and tell everyone about it.