Race for the Ring Returns to the Grid!

By Chelsea Irvine

Move over, Amazing Race, Sacramento has its own event that brings tests participants’ brains and brawn! This Saturday marks the 4th Annual Race for the Ring in downtown and midtown Sac, benefitting the Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services. A $50 registration fee includes entry to the race, two Race for the Ring t-shirts, two goody bags and a great after-party back at Raley Field, including lunch for two and a chance to bid on great silent auction items (hello, magnums of wine!).

From the starting point at Raley Field, teams of two head out by foot, bikes and scooters around the Grid, earning points through interactive challenges sent to them via text message. The texts send you to various locations around the Capitol area where you must answer questions and solve riddles based on your location. A variety of prizes from local businesses are up for grabs (over $10,000 worth!), including the top ten prizes of beautiful jewelry provided by Rogers Jewelers.

The BF and I participated last year and it was a blast! It was great to learn some interesting facts about our hometown, while getting even more familiar getting around the grid on two wheels. Once we got the hang of reading the clues on our cell phone and mapping the best way to get from one place to the other, we felt like we were on fire! Unfortunately, I let the boy lead the (wrong) way to too many of the locations, so we ended up rounding out the bottom of the pack at the awards ceremony. (Don’t tell him I said that.) 🙂 Even though we ended up leaving without any new bling, it was still a fabulous way to spend a sunny Sacramento morning – not to mention it’s a great way to support such a good cause.

Are you wondering what your $50 donation means to the Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services? Here are just a few examples of what your money can provide:

  • 3 day supply of nutritious groceries for 12 families – Food program (WOW!)
  • 100 articles of clothing – Clothing program
  • 7 days of formula, baby food and clothing for an infant – Parent Education program
  • 5 days of technology based after school activities for 1 child – Youth Education program

As you can see, a little goes an extremely long way in helping our community.

So, I highly recommend you grab your significant other, a friend, a family member or a neighbor, hop on your bikes and head out to this weekend’s Race for the Ring. Registration ends on Friday, July 13 at noon (you can still register day-of, you may just not receive a shirt). Be sure to arrive at Raley Field early to grab your registration packets and check out the vendors. Oh, and I can’t forget to mention that many participants last year were pretty creative with their outfits (hello, feather boas, 80’s garb, crazy socks and clown costumes!), so feel free to have fun with your ‘fit.

For more information, “like” Race for the Ring on Facebook and check out their event website.

We hope to see you there!

Mayor KJ with participants

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