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Plan an Amazing Race in Brisbane

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by Deb Jury (subscribe)
Published July 16th 2011
Embark on a race around our beautiful river city. Whether you're a fan of the show or not, planning an amazing race of your own for family and/or friends is a fun way to get to know the city we live in.

If you have decided to plan the race for a birthday or another special celebration, make invitations in the style of a passport or even a feature DVD. There are two methods which you can choose for picking teams - prior to the day, or to make things interesting have each participant pick out a coloured band from a receptacle. With two or three of the same coloured bands, you have readymade teams that are randomly chosen.

The next stage requires as little or as much planning as you are willing to invest. It is a good idea to advise any business or other organisations what you are planning. You may decide that each challenge is worth a certain amount of points, with bonus points for extra tasks completed. You will need extra people to be available to man the check points and provide the next clue to participants. Ensure that at least one contestant in the team has a mobile phone for taking photos of the bonus challenges. Give each team a set amount of cash in order for them to catch public transport and to pay for miscellaneous items you may not have prepaid.

Challenges to obtain clues to the next check point could include:

Putting 9 holes at a put put golf venue such as Victoria Park Golf Course;
Making paper aeroplanes at the Botanical Gardens and measuring the distance each participant throws. Bonus points can be awarded to the participant who threw the aeroplane the longest distance;
Have participants go to the Brisbane Library and find a specific book that will contain key-words to the next destination;
Wait for two teams to be at the same check point to have an egg and spoon race. The losing team gets a ten minute penalty;
Take a photo of an old grave stone at Toowong cemetery.

Extra points may include:

Have a photo taken with a Surf Lifesaver at South Bank Parklands Streets Beach;
Have a photo taken with a bus driver;
•Collect a leaflet from the information centre;
•Eat a dim sim at China Town.

End the race at a pub or restaurant where you can add up the points, declare the winning team and peruse everyone's photos.

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This sounds like an awesome idea.
By Anonymous
Monday, 18th of July @ 10:28 am
I hope your amazing race is a raging success (if you decide to have one).
Thanks for letting me know.
By Deb Jury - senior reviewer
Tuesday, 19th of July @ 12:03 pm
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