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Amazing Race: Students compete in annual event

Paris Johnson, Chloe Fankhauser and Maya Dadez, of The Ninja Turtles, worked together to catch fish at Mary Park on Wednesday, June 8.

Hundreds of New Richmond seventh-graders took to the streets of New Richmond on June 8 to participate in the school's second annual New Richmond Amazing Race.

The race, started last year by a few of the district's teachers, is designed as a fun way for students to use the skills they've been learning all year in the classroom.

The middle school teachers came up with the idea after hearing about Wausau's race.

New Richmond's race is broken up into two routes - north and south. The northern route reaches as far north as Bernard's Chrysler Dodge Jeep and the south route dips as far as Heidi's Hallmark.

More than 50 teams and chaperones, working in groups of four or five, travel by foot from business- to-business (11 sites in all) where they completed tasks in order to receive their next clue and continue on their way. Tasks ranged from obstacle courses to writing exercises and fishing to nutritional challenges.

Teams were also able to complete optional "roadblocks" for extra points. Some examples of a roadblock include a race to attach fire hoses to a fire truck and completing questions about school information/history.

Each activity earned the group a certain number of points and the two teams - one from each route - with the best time and highest score was named the winner. On the northern route, the team of Gabby Cruz, Harley Leavens, Calem Manecke and Drake Durham, took first place. On the southern route, the team of Alexis Alexander, Alison Feneis, Jessica Gillis and Sarah Sylte, took first.

Most teams were unified by a common theme or color. For "The Foxy Roxies," that meant matching red shirts with hand-painted embellishments. For "The Ninja Turtles," it meant head bands, pigtails and sporting matching shorts printed with images of the heroes in a half-shell.

Several New Richmond businesses -- VFW Post 10818, Heritage Center, First Lutheran Child Care Center, First National Community Bank, Civic Center, American Family Insurance, Messes and Masterpieces, New Richmond Fire Department, WESTconsin Credit Union, Friday Memorial Library, New Richmond News, Anytime Fitness, Moore Imprint, Phillips Plastics, Edward Jones, Farm & Home, Family Fresh, McDonald's, Pete's Pizza, The Centre, H&R Block, Kwik Trip, Bernard's, Hallmark, Thrivent, WITC and AKF - donated/participated in the Amazing Race.

Jackie Grumish
Jackie Grumish has been a reporter with the New Richmond News since 2008. She holds degrees in journalism and fine art from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Ill. Before coming to New Richmond, Jackie worked as the city government reporter at a daily newspaper in Aberdeen, S.D. 
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