Participants demonstrate enthusiasm during SROAMazing Race on Baker Street last year.

SROAMazing Race hits the streets Saturday

It's a fun and community-focused event where participants don some creative and ridiculous costumes.

Just as winter starts to creep in and take over everyone’s minds, the SROAMazing Race hits the streets of Nelson once again to host a fun and community-focused event where participants don some of the most creative and ridiculous costumes the Kootenay region has ever seen.

The Selkirk College Ski Resort Operations and Management (SROAM) program has been working hard to bring this amazing, all-ages charity event back to Nelson for the fourth year in a row.

On Saturday, the old Extra Foods Building (708 Vernon Street) will be transformed into event headquarters where participants meet up, show off their wacky attire and receive their first set of clues. The participants will then navigate through the streets and shops downtown using checkpoints and a variety of clues while completing fun and interactive games and activities in their teams of four.

“This event affords us with a real opportunity to make a positive impact in the area,” says SROAM student Eddy Learmont. “We’re drawing from all that we have learned so far to create the best event possible and can’t wait to share the results with the public on race day.”

With various sponsors from local businesses and the ski industry, participants have the opportunity to win some awesome gear and swag for the upcoming season. Along with prizes for the first teams across the finish line, prizes are also allocated for best-costume, best dance off and prize tosses.

All of the funds raised from this event benefit the Avalanche Awareness Beyond the Boundaries Society (AABBS) providing avalanche skills training to youth in the Kootenay region. This is an extremely important cause for the community considering Nelson and the surrounding area are well known for its world class out-of-bounds terrain.

“The SROAM program feels it is crucial for the local population to provide these skills and courses to youth,” says SROAM student Ben Evoy.

Last year’s race was truly amazing thanks to great support from the community. Pre-registration is underway at the ROAM Shop in downtown Nelson, the Whitewater Ski Resort head office and the Selkirk College Tenth Street Campus so be sure to secure your spot and avoid missing out.

Registration is only $30 per team and it is highly encouraged to pre-register. Doors will open at noon for those last minute entries. Teams have the chance to catch a quick snap in the photo booth and prepare themselves for the race to start at 1 p.m.

For more information on the event visit facebook.com/sroamazingrace or contact Andrew Warren at awarren@selkirk.ca

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