The Ponoka Youth Centre’s annual Race for Kids raised $19,500 for local youth programs.
“It was a great race,” said Beth Reitz, executive director. “People seemed to have a lot of fun.”
The Amazing Race-style fundraiser, which had 11 teams enter this year, was held on June 8, starting at the Ponoka Legion’s parking lot.
Teams had to decipher clues and complete challenges at participating businesses, including a mystery taste challenge, learning a dance routine, face painting, setting up a campsite, moving grass with a no-turn mower, shopping for items at No Frills to add up to a specific number, and searching for puzzle pieces at the Stampede grandstand.
Each four-person team had to raise a minimum of $400 to race.
The fastest teams were Scrambled Legs and Achin’ in first place, with Ponoka Elementary School’s team coming in second, and the Soul Sisters in third place.
The top three best dressed teams were Probably Gonna Walk (dressed as circus characters), Super Moms and PES.
The teams that raised the most money were Probably Gonna Walk, followed by Super Moms and ATB’s team.