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About the Race


What is The MOST Amazing Race?

Like the popular TV show, The Salvation Army’s MOST Amazing Race gives teams of two an all-access pass as they race around the Twin Cities. Teams follow clues to reach checkpoints, where they complete a task before moving on to the next location. The tasks can be mental, like assembling a gas pipeline, or physical, like performing a choreographed dance. Sometimes tasks are downright thrilling, like jumping off a 10-meter diving platform. Others are just plain fun, like bouncing across a field inside a giant inflatable ball.

The teams may be fierce competitors, but comradery tops race day.

When and where is the race?

The 2017 race will be Saturday, Oct. 7 and will feature challenges across the city of St. Paul, Minnesota. The race will begin and end at the Como Picnic Pavilion, 1199 Midway Parkway. Teams will use Metro Transit buses and trains, or their own feet, to get to each checkpoint.

Again this year:

  • There will be no qualifying race. The first 100 teams to reach their fundraising minimum (40 Gold Division and 60 Silver Division teams) are guaranteed a spot in the main event. The race starts when you sign up!
  • The race will take place on the St. Paul side of the river.
  • There are two divisions of teams: Gold (In it for $5K!) and Silver (In it for fun!). Both divisions will complete the same race challenges and have the chance to win great prizes, but only Gold teams are competing for the $5,000 grand prize. Racers choose their desired pace and have a great time either way. (Learn more about the divisions.)

Who said balls are for hamsters? Why not race across a soccer field in one?

No lines here! Racers get a rollercoaster ride all to themselves at Mall of America.

Caution! Racers at play on this giant slip ‘n slide.

Who can participate?

Participants must be 18 years of age or older to participate in all race events. Employees of The Salvation Army are not eligible to compete. A team with the same two members is only eligible to win the race three times.

Why should I participate?

The MOST Amazing Race is one of the most unique race experiences for all skills and fitness levels. Even more importantly, it is a fundraiser for The Salvation Army’s homelessness and hunger programs, and your participation helps people in need. (Learn more about the impact.) In fact, the more money you raise, the bigger your time advantage on race day.

How much does it cost?

The cost to register is $25 per person. Registration fees are non-refundable and non-transferable. There is a minimum fundraising requirement to be eligible to compete. (Learn more about team fundraising.)