Danedri Thompson
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It won’t make its participants reality television stars, but Jeff Barber, finance officer for American Legion Post 19 in Gardner, said there will be challenges and a good time at the Legion Dumb Fun Run on Aug. 11.
Barber said the scavenger hunt-type event is a cross between reality TV shows the Amazing Race and Fear Factor.
“It’s kind of like your scavenger hunt, but certain stops you’re going to have a choice, you can do one thing or the other,” Barber said.
At each stop, contestants will use clues to determine where to go or what they need to do to find the next stop.
Contestants will be put into teams of four and Barber recommends that at least one team member be prepared to get wet.
“Swimsuit recommended for one team member,” the poster reads.
Each team will be required to use a digital camera or cell phone to document visits and activities that occur throughout the race.
It is an adults-only competition, in part, because event registration will take place the Friday evening before the event at the American Legion bar. The cost to register a team is $40, and the Legion asks that each team have at least one member of the American Legion or a member of the one of the Legion’s other organizations including the Legion Auxiliary, Sons of the American Legion and the American Legion Riders.
For those who are unable to find a member to assist, Barber said that can be sorted out during the registration on Friday night. And individuals who arrive without a team can be paired with those who need an extra at the same time.
He anticipates the entire scavenger hunt course will take between two and four hours on Saturday evening.
“If you can’t finish it in four hours, you may as well come to the end point, because you obviously can’t figure something out,” he said.
Barber is tight-lipped about what exactly Dumb Fun Runners will be asked to do during the event. He created a similar hunt around Gardner for his wife’s birthday a few years ago and thought it might be a good way to spark interest in the local Legion Post.
It’s also a way for the Leroy Hill American Legion to give back to those who so graciously donate to Legion fundraisers and events.
Barber explained that Legion members are often asking local businesses to donate time and money to assist the Legion in projects like fundraising for scholarships and sending local kids to Boys State.
For this event, Barber said entry fees will be used to purchase prizes from the businesses that often give to the American Legion.
For example, he said one team will receive gift certificates or cash off of rentals at All-Rental in Gardner.
“Instead of asking businesses to donate money from us, we’re going to take that money and give it back to them,” Barber explained.
If the event is successful, Barber hopes to do it again in the future with the goal of buying prizes from all of the local businesses that have offered their support to Legion members and groups.
Groups and individuals interested in participating are asked to register and pick up a scavenger hunt packet between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Aug. 10 at the American Legion, 316 Meadowbrook, Gardner.
The Dumb Fun Run will start at 5 p.m. on Aug. 11 at the American Legion in Gardner.
For more information about the event, call Jeff Barber at (913)908-5255 or email him at [email protected]