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Man jumps from scaffolding during MOST Amazing Race

Registration opens Thursday for most creative race in the cities

Added on Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Roseville, Minn. – In its ninth year, The Salvation Army’s MOST Amazing Race has captured the imagination of adventure lovers and those who want to do good in the community. May 1 is opening registration for the July 26 race which is presented by CenterPoint Energy.

The MOST Amazing Race is patterned after the well-known TV show, with teams of two racing around Minneapolis and performing mental and physical challenges (see event overview). This event includes a top prize of $5,000, courtesy of CenterPoint Energy, along with the satisfaction that fundraisers are helping provide food and housing to individuals and families in need in the Twin Cities.

Many racers return year after year, not only because of the amazing challenges and great prizes, but because they love the social justice angle of helping those most often forgotten.

“Even in a state of exhaustion, racers can’t stop talking about the fun they have,” said Julie Orlando, Salvation Army event manager and director of the race, which she’s helped duplicate in five states. “We always add a component to help them see where their fundraising dollars go and many times it includes meeting those who benefit – it is an eye opener and a heart-swelling moment.”

Teams can register online and must raise a minimum of $200 to participate in a qualifying event held the morning of the race. The top 20 qualifiers, and the 10 top fundraising teams that automatically qualify, move on to the main race that afternoon to compete for the big cash prize.

Register before May 7 to get two free Minnesota Twins tickets, donated by the Twins.

The MOST Amazing Race is an official event of the 75th Anniversary Minneapolis Aquatennial. Additional sponsors include Metro Transit, Polaris and Mattress Firm. Media partners include KFAN, KOOL 108 and KDWB.

About The Salvation Army

The Twin Cities Salvation Army serves more than 234,000 people a year through its 28 local centers of operation. Daily it serves nearly 2,000 hot meals and shelters more than 1,000 people. More than 27,500 local volunteers help The Salvation Army provide these and other services, from child daycare to senior housing. Learn more about Salvation Army volunteer opportunities or make an online donation.