UPDATED: Gearing up for The A-Moose-ing Race

Lisa Goudy
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Teagan Vada Witko participates in a challenge during the 2013 A-Moose-ing Race. This year's event will take place on July 5.

The third annual event will be held on July 5 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“The A-Moose-ing Race is a fundraiser for the Kidney Foundation of Saskatchewan and just raise awareness for the importance of organ donation,” said Brad Stewart, challenge co-ordinator of The A-Moose-ing Race. “My family’s been affected by it. All the money stays in Saskatchewan for this event.

“On a personal level, it’s just about raising awareness, as well … about talking to your family and letting them know the importance of organ donation.”

There will be 10 challenges set up in the city for teams of two to complete. Set up with a similar format as The Amazing Race, each team will be given a clue sheet with hints to the location of 15 to 20 checkpoints in the city.

People can phone family or friends for help, check online or talk to strangers. The first team to finish 10 challenges and cross the finish line is the winner.

“There’s quite a variety of different challenges,” said Stewart. “Some are puzzle solving, some are going to test your comfort zone and there’s definitely some that will be physical.”

More volunteers are needed for the event, as well to assist at the 18 venues around the city.

“Help is definitely needed,” said Stewart.

He added each year has raised about $25,000 for the kidney foundation. The A-Moose-ing Race website said kidney disease is a chronic disease that leads to kidney failure and there is no cure.

Every day, 15 people are diagnosed with kidney failure and more than 41,000 Canadians live with kidney failure. According to Canadian medical experts, one in 10 Canadians have kidney disease, the website said.

Stewart said the number of participants has increased each year. This year, he is hoping for 60 teams of 120 participants. Currently there are about 15 times registered.

“Usually there’s a big push around June 5, which is our early bird deadline,” said Stewart.

Until June 6, cost is $100 per team. After that time until July 4 cost is $125 per team. Every participant will receive a free t-shirt.

Before the race, there will be a breakfast and following the race, there will be a wind-up barbecue. Prizes will be awarded to the top three teams, the top fundraiser and the best dressed.

The race kit pick-up is on July 4, 6-9 p.m. at the Temple Gardens Mineral Spa. On race day, registration will be at Peacock Collegiate. Information pick-up for volunteers will be on July 3, 6-9 p.m. at the Temple Gardens Mineral Spa.

For more information, visit www.theamooseingrace.com.

Follow Lisa Goudy on Twitter @lisagoudy.

Organizations: Kidney Foundation of Saskatchewan, Temple Gardens Mineral Spa

Geographic location: Saskatchewan

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