Candid Karina

{October 3, 2011}   An Amazing Race

Sometimes, you do things that…well…reach beyond any of your expectations of who you believed you were.  And in the last few years, I seem to be completely shattering any and all expectations I (or anyone else, for that matter) ever had about myself.

I’ve written before about the fact that I’ve gone from the girl who used to say “I’ll run if someone is chasing me” to the girl who CRAVES a run after a long day at work.

I’ve shared with you how earlier this year I went from the girlie girl obsessed with make-up and high heels (which I still am) to the girl who did a MUD RUN

And this past weekend I became the girl who put on her bathing suit in a public local park, in OCTOBER, and went down a slip and slide covered in dish detergent, and later that same day, covered her face in chocolate pudding and posed for a picture.

This weekend, I also became something that I had never even dreamed was a possibility in my lifetime, but can now check off the good ol’ bucket list.  I am now officially an entry in the Guinness Book of World Records.

Yes, me.

Let me back up and explain.

This weekend, on Saturday, October 1st, I participated in SmithFest.  Smithfest is an Amazing Race style scavenger hunt through the Greater Lowell area of Massachusetts.  Created and organized by Fred Smith, it is in its fourth year and growing by leaps and bounds yearly.  The race was founded to be (and still is) a fundraiser.  The charities that benefited this year were the Make A Wish Foundation and “Families of Spinal Muscular Atrophy”.  Two very worthy and amazing causes.  I don’t have the exact numbers of how much was raised yet, but I will update this post once I do.

The event works as such: Teams of Four raise at the minimum a mandatory $500 in order to able to compete (there is also a $120 registration fee when you sign your team up).  There is a fundraising competition involved, so teams also battle it out to raise the most money possible.  The top fundraising team this year raised over $3,000 (our team didn’t raise quite as much, but we are determined to quadruple our fundraising efforts next year).

On the day of the event, the teams receive their “information packets” and are sent off on a wild goose chase throughout the Greater Lowell Area.  There are tasks to be performed, challenges to be met, trivia to be answered, pictures to be taken, shenanigans galore.  The race begins at 10:30 am, and the finish line is at 5:30PM sharp.  All tasks, challenges, photos and such accumulate varying degrees of points.  The team with the most points at the end, wins.

Simple enough.  Right?  Right.

Until you factor in that the optional “point gathering” challenges include things such as take a picture of fireman in a thong, bring back to the finish line a FULL SIZE mail truck, and have two teammates shave off their eyebrows.  No, seriously…

As I sit here typing this (eyebrows intact, thank you very much), I have bruises and aches in places I’m not sure are suitable for print.  I also have memories to last a lifetime, and a bit of a sore throat from all the laughing and screaming I did on Saturday.

There are some pretty interesting photographs of two of my teammates in the local paper.

There are still some unknown substances on the bottom of my sneakers.

Oh, and the Guinness Book of World Records thing?  Prior to Saturday, the record for the largest Scavenger Hunt with Teams of Four was 50 teams.  After Saturday, it was 84 teams.  My team included.

I can’t wait to do it all over again next year.

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