It's tough being homeless — and teams from Kamloops social agencies learned what it's like with the ASK Wellness Amazing Race on Friday.
They spent the day running around town doing many of the things a homeless person might do to survive.
"Today they have to go to the food bank and have a day in the life of a client at the food bank," said ASK Wellness worker Carmen Carr.
"They are also going to Surplus Herby's for a couple of tarps they may need to make a camp."
ASK Wellness executive director Bob Hughes outlined the rules for building a camp when teams arrived in the bushes at the end of Fort Avenue on Schubert Drive.
"It's got to be the most concealed. It has to be dry; away from wind. It has to be a flat place to sleep. And you have to have a biffy. And we will rate it finally on who makes the most comfortable."
Team Phoenix was lucky enough to find a tarp right away and dragged it into a secluded spot in the bushes.
After judges came by to rate it, the camp was torn down and cleaned up.
Sean Monaghan, with clinical practices at Phoenix Centre, said afterward that the race helps give some appreciation for what it's like to be homeless, but not entirely.
"We're getting scraped up digging holes for a little outhouse and trying to hide from bylaws (officers)," he said.
Still, it's not the real thing.
"It's a nice sunny day. We're playing a game so it's not the same as if it's the middle of winter."