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[Woolwich Observer Article] Amazing Race contest pulls in more than $42,000

Here is an article written by the Woolwich Observer regarding the Grand River Amazing Race!

July 28, 2011 By: Colin Dewar

Participants crossed the finish line of the Grand River Amazing Race sweaty and exhausted, but exuberant last Saturday.

The race was part of the family fun weekend organized by the Woolwich Kin Club.

Based on the popular television show, the Grand River Amazing Race included teams of two or three who set out from West Montrose down the Grand River and surrounding area where teams would work through different challenges along the route.

“Pardon the pun but it was amazing,” joked organizer Bill McBay. “The weather was great and we had most people we have ever seen come out and partake in the weekend events including the race, movies and the carnival.”

Funds raised during the pledge drive for the race and the family fun weekend came to more than $42,000, with proceeds going to the Women’s Crisis Services of Waterloo Region.

CHALLENGE ACCEPTED Heather Asmussen and Tyson Collins of Elmira compete in a challenge during the Grand River Amazing Race held on July 23.

The winning team, Winmar Restoration Girls Gone Wild, not only raised the most pledges, $3,601.50, but also clocked in the best time of one hour and 29 minutes.

For raising the most funds, team mates Kendra Ainlay, Rachel McCorriston and Michelle Schomphe shared a luxury camper, including a hot tub, for the weekend and will be defending champions for next year’s race.

“I thought it was a lot of fun. It was a lot more challenging than I thought it was going to be,” said Ainlay. “A lot of teams gave us a run for our money but it was all in fun.”

Ainlay admits that the real challenge were the weeks prior to the race where her team had to go head-to-head with other teams to win top fundraiser.

“It was really competitive for weeks and weeks before the race even started. I was constantly checking the website to see how many pledges we had compared to other teams and finally on race day we were able to put a face to the team names that we were competing against raising pledges,” she said. “We all did such a great job raising money for Women’s Crisis Services.”

Contestants of the race gathered more than $22,000 in pledges.

Ainlay said having three team members worked out to an advantage when it came to finding sponsors and working to raise money but when it came to race day they found that they had to fight harder to keep up, especially in the canoe portion of the race.

“There were three of us and other teams only had two and were able to canoe a lot faster
down the river than we were because we had more weight in our canoe. And at each challenge only one member was allowed to participate so it did not matter if we had two members or three.”

McBay, president of the Kin Club of Woolwich, said feedback from contestants was 100 per cent positive, and many of them plan to come back again and participate.

“We think that we could double the number of teams next year, if not more, which would double the amount of money that we raised through pledges,” he said.

One of the challenges organizers faced was trying to draw people out because it is a destination event.

“It’s not like you are driving by downtown Elmira and you see a fair in one of the major parking lots – you have to know ahead of time that we are holding the event,” said McBay.

Next year he hopes to approach charities and have those organizations look after the route challenges, which will take away some of the stress of the organizers finding for volunteers and will give the racers an option as to what charity their pledges will help.

“We hope that will increase the number of teams we will get next year because if somebody wants to race for MS because they know someone with the disease or heart and stroke or breast cancer, they can do that. Assuming that their choice of charity have signed on to look after one of our challenges, then we will give the money directly to them,” said McBay.

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Grand River Amazing Race and Family Fun Weekend a Huge Success!!!

This past weekend we held the Family Fun Weekend and  the 1st annual Grand River Amazing Race. The race was a huge success raising over $22,000 for Womens Crisis Services of Waterloo Region (Anselma house). What an amazing outcome for the 1st annual Grand River Amazing Race.

Our winners and top fundraisers were the Winmar Restoration Girls Gone Wild! For their fundraising efforts they were rewarded the grand prize which was, use of a luxury trailer and hot/cool tub for the entire weekend. The same team actually went on to have the fastest time in the race and therefore also get their names on the Grand River Amazing Race Cup!!!

We would like to thank all the Grand River Amazing Race teams for raising  money for Womens Crisis Services of Waterloo Region.

We would like to give special thanks to our sponsors as well as  all the volunteers including many from Kin Canada and our own fellow club Members.

In addition to the above thanks, we would like to also thank the 1st London MedVents/Rovers for providing medical services!

Finally we would like to give a very special thanks to the West Montrose Family Camp for hosting the event. The event was a major success because of all their support!!!!!

Other highlights include:

  •  great weather!!
  • continuous live entertainment on the main stage. Stage was generously provided by Sherwood Systems
  • Karaoke
  • video game tournaments in an air conditioned trailer with 4x 52 inch big screen tv’s as well as an amazing surround sound system complete with bass shakers in the seats generously provided by Game Asylum
  • a small midway and carnival games
  • silent auction
  • fun casino
  • wide variety of food
  • movies at dusk for the kids

Special guests included:

Checkout these awesome videos by Carlos and Sophie for the Grand River Amazing Race!

Carlos and Sophie in the Grand River Amazing Race – Part 1


Carlos and Sophie in the Grand River Amazing Race – Part 2


We will post a gallery of pictures very soon!

Thanks again and see you in 2012!!!!

Amazing Race set for July 23

Here is an article published by the Elmira Independent about the Grand River Amazing Race.


July 6, 2011

Gail Martin – Independent Editor

Get ready for an Amazing Race, Woolwich style. The Kin Club of Woolwich is planning this fun, mildly competitive fundraiser as an addition to the Family Fun Weekend at the West Montrose Family Campground. Tina Littler, a member of the Kin Club, said that the event was first held 11 years, and has “just grown” more and more every year. “It started off as a father-son canoe trip, raising money for Big Brothers and Big Sisters,” said Littler. “We added a casino, the kids rides… each year, we kind of build on (to it.)” The campground becomes the destination for local residents on July 23, where food, entertainment, bouncy rides, and carnival games take over the quiet campground. This year, fans of video games can take in the Game Asylum, a portable gaming experience that is new to the Kitchener-Waterloo area. And, for the most adventurous of souls, there will be the Amazing Race. Littler is giving away very few details about the event, but notes that teams are encouraged to raise as much money in sponsorships ahead of the race, to provide extra “perks” that will go a long way. For instance, if a team raises $300 in advance of the weekend, they will have access to a canoe for part of the race. “We really, really suggest that you want a canoe,” said Littler. Different pledge amounts can earn a race map, a GPS location of the team’s choice, or, for the team that raises the most, access to a luxury trailer for the entire weekend. Teams have to raise a minimum of $150 to participate. All of the proceeds from the event will go towards Women’s Crisis Services of Waterloo Region. Registration for the event is now open, with teams having until July 20 to register. There is room for a maximum of 108 teams. For more information, visit


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