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‘The Amazing Race’ comes to Denton

Charity obstacle course fashioned after popular TV show helps community

Matt Olson, Copy Editor

Credit - copyThis Saturday, Denton County Friends of the Family will hold The Amazing Race Denton County. The charity event, a 5K and an obstacle course, is modeled after CBS’s hit reality show.

The 5K will begin at 8 a.m., and The Amazing Race Denton County obstacle course will begin at 10:30 a.m. Those who wish to participate can pre-register online or register on site the day of. 5K pre-registration costs $20 per person, and day-of registration costs $25 per person; obstacle course pre-registration costs $10 for kids, $35 for adults and $30 per person for groups of more than seven entrants while day-of registration is $40 per person and $35 for groups.

Individuals who preregister for the 5K will receive a T-shirt, water and snacks while individuals who preregister for the obstacle course can enjoy a catered lunch as well as live music and beer upon completion.

Local businesses have contributed to the obstacle course portion of the event. On the event’s website, the organizers share: “Obstacles will pertain to local businesses, and can be either physically or mentally challenging while still being family-friendly.” Those who wish to participate in the obstacle course are asked to form teams of two or three to complete the race.

On its website, Denton County Friends of the Family outlines its mission statement: “Denton County Friends of the Family is dedicated to providing compassionate, comprehensive services to those impacted by rape, sexual abuse and domestic violence, while partnering with our community to promote safety, healing and prevention.”

According to its website, Denton County Friends of the Family was created in 1980, with two staff members, over 30 volunteers and funds of $10,000. In the nearly four decades of its existence, the organization has grown in size, now employing 50 staff members, more than 100 volunteers and funds of $1.5 million. Money raised by The Amazing Race Denton County will fund Denton County Friends of the Family and will enable the organization to provide “direct services for victims and survivors, including counseling, legal advocacy, community education, emergency shelter, and a 24-hr crisis line,” according to the event’s website.

For more information about Denton County Friends of the Family and to find links for registration, visit

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