Amazing Race entrants brave wet conditions

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by Alexia Johnston

Torrential rain and flooding added a new dimension to the Amazing Race Geraldine on Saturday.

The popular event, which is into its third year, returned to the South Canterbury town, attracting 24 teams, despite soggy conditions.

Team leader Corey Woods was impressed by the dedication of the many people who took part.

“It was amazing, even though the weather was atrocious,” he said.

“There were about 140 people and about 30 volunteers.”

The event followed the same concept to the television series, The Amazing Race, which required people to travel between clues in vehicles.

Mr Woods said despite the wet conditions, many of the clues were located in dry places, so the rain was not a major factor.

However, flooding did cause problems for one of the clue locations.

“One station had to be canned half way through because it was starting to get impassable, but the 24 teams thoroughly enjoyed [the overall event].”

The entry fee was $20 per vehicle, but raising money was not the aim, Mr Woods said.

Money from entry fees covered the cost of running the event, a St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church initiative.

Mr Woods was grateful to the many businesses which supported the day by providing prizes, some of which were valued at hundreds of dollars.

Among them were a helicopter flight, scenic plane flights, dinner and accommodation at Ohau Lodge, a horse trek and fuel vouchers.

Mr Woods said the event would definitely return in another year.

“The regulars are already waiting for next year’s.”