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Teams set to take on fun challenges at Kinship’s Amazing Chase

The 5th Annual Kinship Amazing Chase will be held Saturday, June 18 at Heartland Park in Park Rapids.

Teams between four and six people will compete in a series of 10 challenges that could be physical, mental, and skilled or chance at host sites located around the Park Rapids area.

This year, the challenges will be created by local businesses and agencies such as Heartland Homes, Wildwood Enchantment, Hubbard County Law Enforcement, Coborn’s, Hugo’s, Lori Lea Lanes, Delaney’s, NorthStar Orthodontics, Park Ace Hardware and the Park Rapids Fire Department. 

"We’ve got cash sponsors, we have host sponsors, media sponsors, we have prize sponsors and then there are team sponsors," Jennifer Therkilsen, Executive Director for Kinship explained. "I’m so grateful for the way the community steps up and shares in the fun."

Brittany Johnson, a Kinship mentor works for Hubbard County Social Services. She has done the amazing chase every year since its inception forming a team with various co-workers and friends.

"There are a lot of people who aren’t as aware of the program as they could be so this is a good way to raise some awareness for Kinship," Johnson said. "The funds for it go back to our kids to serve them better."

"It’s a blast," Johnson said about how much enjoyment she gets out of the event each year. "I’m a competitive person and I like to do stuff like this because who doesn’t like to have a good time?"

Johnson claims that her favorite host site has been the Hubbard County Sheriff’s Department; stating that they usually have some really fun challenges.

Last year, participants had to dig keys out of a barrel of ice water in order to rescue two teammates that had been handcuffed around a pole.

In years past teams had to eat a jail lunch as fast as possible and they had to fingerprint wearing beer goggles.

"They’re probably my favorite, they’re pretty creative," Johnson said.

The challenges, which are created by the host sites, are a surprise to the participating teams every year and most have been different each year.

The Kinship board committee organizes the final challenges of the day at Heartland Park.

A few challenges last year were rapid gift wrapping, blindfolded cake decorating, scavenger hunts, Polish volleyball and digging objects out of buckets of worms, to name a few.

So far this year 11 teams have registered to participate in the event, with participants from multiple generations.

"We have a couple of new teams this year," Therkilsen said about participation. "A lot of teams come back year after year because it is so much fun.

According to Therkilsen, people have said to her "it’s the highlight of their summer" and one of the best ways to spend a Saturday afternoon.

"It’s a beautiful blend of businesses and organizations and individuals working together for a fun experience that will benefit the kids of our community," she said while pointing to the title on the event poster, "it’s amazing."

The first place team will be awarded $500 and all teams are automatically entered to win the $500 bonus drawing.

The entry fee is $250 per team, some teams are sponsored by local businesses, and some teams fundraise to obtain their entry fee as well as donations for Kinship.

Kinship of the Park Rapids area is a youth mentoring organization that matches mentors with youth in need of positive role models in the Hubbard County area.

Funds for Kinship are all locally supported. According to Therkilsen, there are no big grants or fees for service so they have to raise it all one way or another.

"We do have contracts with the county for children with open cases, some of the townships are supportive otherwise its local businesses and individuals and some smaller grants and fundraising events," she said.

Last year, the event raised over $5,600. I’ts Kinship’s biggest fundraiser every year, Therkilsen said.

For more information about Kinship or event registration and rules visit:

www.kinshipparkrapids.org

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