Mountain Rats Festival brings a family-friendly Amazing Race to Eagle

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At the 2022 Mountain Rats Festival, The Amazing Race will feature a new course: six mostly-flat miles with 10 pit stops along Eagle Ranch’s scenic bike paths.
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While runners and riders hit the trails in September as part of Eagle Ranch’s sixth annual Mountain Rats Festival, families, friends and competitors of all ages are invited to join in the third Amazing Race through Eagle Ranch. This semi-competitive treasure hunt is casual, social and guaranteed fun.

This year, The Amazing Race will feature a new course: six mostly-flat miles with 10 pit stops along Eagle Ranch’s scenic bike paths. “The new course is perfect for a mix of walkers, runners, and folks on wheels of all types (think bikes, scooters, skateboards, striders and strollers) — as long as they aren’t motorized or powered,” says organizer Jenny Daly. “Teams can be as small as two and as big as eight, and costumes are definitely encouraged!”

Check-in will be open from 1 – 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17, and the race kicks off from Capitol Street at 2 p.m. Teams will depart at two-minute intervals, heading out with directions to the first of 10 pit stops. Each pit stop features puzzles and challenges that must be completed to get directions to the next stop.

In addition to trophies for first, second, and third place, a prize will also be awarded for the team with the best costumes. The Cycle Effect Spirit Award will go to the team that brings the most “spirit” to the Amazing Race: The team that exemplifies joy, enthusiasm and positivity.

If you’re looking for a great way to get outside with younger kids as part of the weekend’s festivities, look no further than Eagle’s Amazing Race. Allie Goldenkrantz of MicraEQ Racers (who is looking to three-peat at this year’s race) said, “Mentally and physically being able to complete this challenge with family and friends three months after giving birth helped me to feel part of the active community again, and during the uncertainty of COVID it gave us something to look forward to. We have a young team and the kids loved being able to participate! It was so great to see kids ranging from stroller to strider to bike racing through the neighborhood with their families, becoming a part of our wellness community themselves.” 

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