Melbourne Youngies Amazing Race
Let the race begin!
The Amazing Race kicked off from the Vanderstadt’s at 7pm where teams were given their first clue. After choosing quirky team names, they hurriedly departed in 3 minute intervals. The atmosphere was palpable with nerves, tension and anticipation was floating thickly in the air.
The first clue lead racers to the Melbourne RCI Hall which brought about a rhyming disaster for some teams, and a fast track to the next clue for others. With riddles like ‘Most people prefer their car parks al dente’…… it was no wonder teams struggled to find the location of the clue, which ended up being in the Pastor’s car park (get it?….. ‘Pasta’?!). The next clue went to a sporting challenge which involved the team’s athletic abilities being tested in a soccer challenge.
Once completed the racers set off to Hilary and Bruce Travers’ house for another team test, but this time of the musical variety. After singing to Hilary, who clearly did not know that some people could be so tone deaf, the clues were handed over a little too willingly and off to Forest Hill Shopping Centre to count a lot of lollies with Tomo. Lollies counted, clues in hand, teams sprinted through the shopping centre (always upholding the testimony of the church!) and again jumped in their cars and were off to the next location… Karen and Dale’s.
Licking our lips we knew we were in for a delicious challenge as Karen’s cooking is well above par. Stepping through the doors, the sweet smell of icing mixture and freshly baked cakes filled the air. The challenge: eat cake and guess the ingredients. Sounds simple enough? The other challenge was to decorate a cake with homemade icing which would then be ‘taste tested’. Both tasks tested the team in ways they thought not possible. Stress in the kitchen reached its limits when one team scoffed down their cake without realising they had to guess all 20 ingredients!
When completed, teams received their next clue which lead them back to the cars and off to Burwood One shopping centre.
The domestic goddess in us all was challenged at the Coles check out by Bronwyn. Prices were found; challenge completed, then we bought presents and were off to the final destination of the Vanderstadt’s to wrap them, to consume supper and offer commiserations to the losing teams. After a number of hours racing it was a welcome treat to have an amazing supper spread prepared by Mieke. A massive thank you to all involved and to the Team of Vision for putting the race on; it was a fast paced, adrenaline pumping race that left everyone with a smile and also showed the amazing versatility of products available at Kmart. Another great young people’s night, looking forward to next year’s race!
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