Kamloops will once again be the site of a race against time that will challenge 48 participants' minds, bodies and mental stamina.
The third Absolute Amazing Race is scheduled for Saturday, May 4, and Sunday, May 5, with proceeds again going towards a water park at Westsyde Centennial Park.
"It's absolutely amazing," Corrinna Douglas, event co-ordinator for the Westsyde Community Development Society, said of the race.
The society is looking for 24 teams of two to participate in the two-day activity, which is inspired by the popular TV series The Amazing Race.
In fact, Douglas added "Absolute" to the title in order to avoid copyright laws, she said.
"And it's been working out absolutely fantastic for us," she said.
People can register online at race.westsyde.info or pick up a registration form at Cedar Dental Care in Westsyde or McGavin's Bread Basket on Tranquille Road.
Deadline for registration is Friday, March 29.
As on TV, competitors solve clues in the form of riddles, rhymes and pictures that send them to locations around town. At each location is a challenge.
"The challenges test your mental ability, physical ability and your fear factor," said Douglas.
Just like the show, the Absolute Amazing Race has detours, roadblocks and a pit stop, she said. The Top 10 teams that check in at the pit stop at the end of Saturday advance to Day 2.
Between the first two Absolute Amazing Races and other fundraising, the society has raised about $15,000. The goal is to secure 10 per cent of funds needed to build the water park. Douglas said the initial cost was $300,000, but the amount is now closer to $600,000.
Several sponsors are on board, including title sponsor HUB International Barton Insurance. Douglas said this allows the society to award prizes, including round-trip airfare for two to Jamaica for the first team across the finish line.