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Members of the Amherst youth town council, co-ordinator Jenn Borne (back from left), Peter Woo, Daniel Ripley, Amherst council member Frank Balcom, Brandon Metz (front left) and James Gaudet, are gearing up for the upcoming 24 hour Physical Activity Day on Feb 9 by organizing a Youth Amazing Race to encourage youth in the area to be active.
AMHERST – Put down your study books and pull on your running shoes. Youth in the Amherst area are invited to Amherst youth town council’s Youth Amazing Race to help promote the 24 hours Physical Activity Day.
“It’s our third (race), our second as part of the Physical Activity Day,” said Jenn Borne, who is the co-ordinator with the youth town council and works with the Community and Economic Development with the town of Amherst. “Due to popularity last year, we had about 76 on the start line, we’re trying to build on it and maybe even double the numbers.”
Similar to the TV show, The Amazing Race, the participants will work in pairs and complete different tasks as they make their way around the course, following different clues to other check points, until they reach the end of the course.
“We wanted to organize a big event for all youths to get together and we picked a big race, because it’s been a success in the past for other groups,” said Brandon Metz, chair of the youth council. “We thought it would be cool to do little check points around town.”
Throughout the course, youth will find themselves visiting different activity centers around the town, as part of the checkpoints for the race.
“It highlights places that youth maybe don’t normally get out to,” said Borne. “They can stop in and see what the facility has to offer and learn more ways to engage positively in their community.”
Town councillor Frank Balcom said he thought the race and getting youth active was a great idea.
“Anything we can do to engage the youth in town with physical activity is important for youth and everyone,” he said.
Any students in grades 7-12 can sign up (in pairs) for the event. Participants can part-take in the race at any speed they wish, running or walking, and can sign up at http://www.amherst.ca/amherst-youth-town-council.html. Prizes will be awarded to participants. Borne added that contributions from different local businesses are welcome. The race will take place Feb. 9 at 11 a.m. beginning at the Amherst Stadium.