In the television show The Amazing Race, the emphasis is on the race. What makes The Great Race so great, is teams don’t get points for being the first team to complete the event, so they can take it at their own pace. Instead, they earn points by how well they complete the challenges they face along the way.
As participants arrive, they are handed a form of team identification so they can easily find the other members of their team. There, each team receives an iPad with a special Great Race app. Rather than going in a set order, teams strategize on how they want to tackle the challenges and in which order. Challenges are designed to allow teams to enjoy the event area and could include:
These are a series of clues that teams must solve, so they can find the locations where they must take team pictures. For instance, a clue may read, “Find a place where you can go for this. It’s number 20 of 26.” Clever teams will figure out there are 26 letters of the alphabet and the 20th is “T.” So, teams must go somewhere, such as a coffee shop, where they can drink a cup of tea to take their picture.
These are challenging tasks that, if completed, help the team jump ahead of the competition because they’re worth big points. For instance, can the team find pennies with dates from each of the past 10 years?
Teams are given an either/or challenge. For instance, will they choose to take a video of someone on their team being serenaded with a happy birthday medley while presenting them with a birthday dessert? Or will they find someone who is celebrating their birthday and take a team photo with them?
These are tasks that only one person on each team must complete on video. Some require the player to interact with people not participating in The Great Race and some require the player to complete a task in a limited amount of time. For instance, one player may be required to move a cookie from their forehead into their mouth using only their facial muscles. While only one team member must perform each task, the best part of these videos is always the rest of the team cheering them on in the background!
These are challenges teams must do with another team. Teams can only do one intersection with the same team, so they must find different teams to do each challenge with. For instance, teams must arrange to meet up and take a photo of both teams in a Rockette-style kick line!
Teams must meet at a set time for The Great Race finale. If they don’t get there on time they lose so many points, it will be impossible to win (not so great)! During the finale, teams kick back to enjoy refreshments while The Great Race staff tallies up the team’s points. Then, the winners are revealed and called forward to collect their award medals.
The Great Race – your group will race up to afterwards to tell you what an amazing time they had.
|Ideal Group Size||
8 or more participants
|Ideal Team Size||
8 participants per team
2 - 2.5 hours
This event needs to take place in an area where there are shops, restaurants, etc. such as in a city center, shopping and dining district, theme park or resort area
|Level of Customization||
Client logo on award medals
Relationship building, competition, problem solving, time management
None usually, but possible if requested
Approximately 12 sq. ft. per person for opening and closing of event
|Set Up Required||
One draped and skirted banquet round per team with seating for 8 preferred. Six or eight foot draped and skirted tables as needed for supplies (dependent on number of participants). Microphone and sound system for emcee at kick-off for groups of 30 or more.
Note: Based on event location and group size, event details may differ slightly from above description