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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

'Amazing Race' style event coming to Myrtle Beach to raise funds for literacy program, which needs volunteers now

I would love to give you details about the course that has been set up throughout Myrtle Beach for the "Myrtle Beach Challenge," an "Amazing Race" type of fund-raiser, but that part is confidential.

Yes, I know where the two-person teams will have to bike and run and walk throughout the city on April 6. But I won't tell you - because I don't want to have to kill you.

I can tell you, though, that it will be fun and exciting and include between 20 to 30 checkpoints during the competition that will require physical and mental tasks and will test your ability to solve riddles. And I can tell you that each team will be tracked by GPS, so no one will be allowed to cheat.

Here's the deal, though: The contest is limited to 50 two-person teams. Registration is $200 per team until March 15 and $220 after. At least one person on the team must be at least 18 years old. The proceeds will go to support Freedom Readers, a literacy program designed to help spread real opportunity through education. You can read more about that here.

To register online and get (some) more details about the race, go to this site.

That's something to seriously consider if you want to be, well, challenged and have fun while supporting a good cause. If you don't want to take that route, there's something else you can participate in: Freedom Readers is currently seeking more volunteers to spend 90 minutes once per week for a few months this spring with students to help them read better. The non-profit is particularly looking for a few good volunteers for the Myrtle Beach site on Tuesdays at 3 p.m.

For those interested, check out the Freedom Readers Website or call Tracy Bailey at (843) 251-1804. You won't regret getting involved with either one. 

Tell your friends. Maybe church groups want to sign up? Maybe classes?

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