Marie McAden



Amazing Challenge Race returns to Myrtle Beach State Park

Posted 1/19/2014 6:20:00 PM

Got game? You’ll need to bring it to win the Amazing Challenge Race March 1 at Myrtle Beach State Park. Now in its second year, the friendly outdoor-themed competition will feature tougher obstacle courses and more of them, along with plenty of nature-related puzzles to test your wit.

“I can’t reveal anything about the course,” said Myrtle Beach State Park Assistant Interpretive Ranger Jessica Goodrich. “All I can tell you is no running is involved.”

A take-off of “The Amazing Race” reality television show, the competition will take place at 9 a.m. on a 6.5-mile course within the 312-acre state park and feature challenges that will put participants through their paces both physical and mentally.

The two-person teams will need to answer nature-related questions, complete obstacle courses and solve puzzles. You can’t use iPhones, iPads or other electronic devices, so you might want to study up on the state park and its plants, wildlife and recreational activities prior to the game.

As for the physical challenges, expect to sweat — but just a little.

“Anyone can do it,” Goodrich said. “As long as you can get up and down from the ground and have a decent range of motion, you should be good.”

Race organizers anticipate teams should finish the course in five to seven hours. The awards ceremony is set for 4:30 p.m. Prizes for the top finishers will include a state park passport, two free nights of camping at Myrtle Beach State Park and other outdoor-related goodies.

Last year, the race drew the maximum of 20 teams. To allow more people to participate, they’ve upped the limit this year to 30 two-person teams. Each team must include at least one adult (age 18 or older) and no children younger than age 12.

The registration fee is $50 per team and includes the race T-shirt participants will be required to wear during the competition. (Checks will not be accepted.) Deadline to register is Feb. 10. Click here to download the rules and registration form.

Whatever the weather — rain or shine — the race goes on, so be sure to wear clothing appropriate for the day’s forecast. You’ll also want to bring sunscreen, snacks and plenty to drink.

For more information, email mb112sp@yahoo.com or call the Nature Center at (843) 238-0874.