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NRMS students complete amazing race

Sofie Gustafson and Chrissy Kletschka attempt to measure out a serving of orange juice at Family Fresh. Students were not able to use measuring utensils for this challenge.

New Richmond seventh-graders took to the streets on Tuesday, June 5, in the third annual New Richmond Amazing Race.

The race, started in 2010 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.

Forty-eight teams and chaperones, working in groups of four or five, travel by foot from business to business (10 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 three 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.

Most teams were unified by a common theme or color. For Ryan Jeffery Miller, Dante Shane LaDuke, Kyle Henry Rachner and Connor Jeffery Johnson, that meant matching Superman shirts and red capes.

Several New Richmond businesses -- Friday Memorial Library, Doyle's Farm and Home, Bernard's, McDonalds, New Richmond News, AKF, Custom Choice Computers, Messes and Masterpieces, Family Fresh, Skoglund's Super America, New Richmond Fire Department, City of New Richmond, The Centre, Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College, New Richmond Cemetary, Thrivent Financial, Phillips Plastics, New Richmond Heritage Center, WESTconsin Credit Union, American Family Insurance, H&R Block and the New Richmond School District -- 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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