Amazing Rahway Race Encourages Participants To Scavenge Up Fun

Contestants in the 2012 race—are they solving a clue or taking a break? (Photo courtesy of the Friends of the Rahway Public Library)

Contestants in the 2012 race—are they solving a clue or taking a break? (Photo courtesy of the Friends of the Rahway Public Library)

RAHWAY—The third annual “Amazing Rahway Race” will take place on Saturday, May 4, beginning at the Rahway Public Library and continuing around the downtown area. Sponsored by the Friends of the Rahway Public Library, the event is similar to television’s “Amazing Race,” pitting teams of contestants against each other in a search for hidden items and information. Each team must solve a number of clues, gather needed items from various locations, and return to the starting point before any of the others.

Some clues may require the use of a smart phone and/or a digital camera. In addition, because it is a race, enjoyment of physical activity is necessary. Teams are encouraged to dress in costume, and willingness to laugh at one’s self is helpful. In a previous race, for example, contestants had to sing a karaoke song at one of the clue locations.

Since the Amazing Rahway Race is once again being held as part of Rahway Community Day, there is now also a competitive bracket for Rahway businesses. Community Day is a community awareness-raising event that brings together businesses, houses of worship, schools, and nonprofits to demonstrate the vitality and features of the city of Rahway. This is the second year it is being held, and it will run from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Library, rain or shine.

Once again, Eric Miles is serving as race director. In the two previous races, Miles had earned a reputation for providing challenging, creative clues, and that is not about to change this year.

“I hesitate to say this will be the hardest race yet,” Miles admitted, “but some of these clues are fiendish, and I’ve managed to incorporate some new, one-of-a-kind challenges inspired by other races.”

In addition to glory, winners will receive prizes including gift certificates from local eateries, among them Dragonfly in Linden and Rahway’s own Fire House Pub.

To register for the race, e-mail, call 1-848-628-4450, or pick up a registration/waiver form at the Library’s reference desk. Although registration can be done on the day of the race, organizers strongly encourage pre-registration. More information on the race will continue to be posted until race day at the Facebook page (Rahway Race).

Teams can have a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 4 members, and at least one must be 18 years old. The cost is $7 per team member.

The race begins at 11 a.m., with day-of-race registration beginning at 9:30 a.m. The race should last approximately two hours. Before race day, registration forms can be mailed to Friends of Rahway Library, c/o Rahway Public Library, 2 City Hall Plaza, Rahway, NJ 07065; make checks payable to “Friends of the Rahway Public Library.”

The Friends of the Rahway Public Library is a volunteer 501(c)(3) organization that serves to support the library through fundraising and volunteer activities.

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