The Ponoka Youth Centre is readying itself for its big annual Boys and Girls Club Race for Kids.
The event is run through the youth centre as part of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Wolf Creek. It’s a fun event set for June 10 with teams having to go through a variety of challenges to get to the finish line.
The centre is on the hunt for teams ready to take on the challenge.
What makes the race so much fun, is that it’s not just a physical challenge, but also a mentally stimulating and teamwork-building challenge.
Instead of just running a certain distance, your team will complete clues to find the 10 secret checkpoint locations, and once you reach that location, you complete the challenge. It may be a pure luck, physical or mental challenge that will have your team working together and having fun.
Participants can expect a variety of fun checkpoint challenges and a new participant age of 16. Last year we raised over $18,000 for the Ponoka Youth Centre/Boys and Girls Clubs of Wolf Creek, and this year we are hoping to raise over $20,000.
As always, we have our major prizes — like one West Jet flight for two people, anywhere West Jet flies — as well as some new and fun prizes to be given away.
The benefit of the race is immeasurable; from the awareness it brings to our agencies by having decked-out teams racing around Ponoka, to the financial security it brings the centre/club.
This is our biggest fundraiser for the Ponoka Youth Centre/BGC Wolf Creek, and it ensures that we are able to offer safe, fun and affordable programming to Ponoka youths. The funds raised stay in our community and directly impact our very own youth.
It is always fun watching the teams who run the race work together, have fun together and build memories together. It’s always a great event, with smiling faces and people wearing ridiculous costumes, last year had some penguins on the loose.
Most importantly, it’s a way that people can have fun while giving back to their community. Even though it’s a competition between teams, whether it’s trying to be the fastest team, the team that raises the most money, or the team that is most sportsmanlike, there is always a sense of community.
Teams can register for the race at www.raceforkids.ca/ponoka with an entry fee of $400. If teams register by May 1st, they will be entered in to win our early bird prize; a four suite ticket with ATB to the Ride, Rock and Roll (PBR) event on June 25.