Ballarat’s aMAZEing race

Event organiser Mark Valentine is ready for the tenth aMAZEing challenge. Picture: Luka Kauzlaric

Event organiser Mark Valentine is ready for the tenth aMAZEing challenge. Picture: Luka Kauzlaric

Celebrating its tenth year, Eureka Orienteers’ aMAZEing Ballarat is a chance to discover the town, outsmart opponents, and contribute to a worthy cause.

Event organiser Mark Valentine said the idea was similar to the television show The Amazing Race.

Competitors will have four hours to solve clues as they work their way in and around the streets, parklands and businesses of the city.

“We purposely put a few things a little bit further away for those that want to have a run. But if you just want to walk around and have a cup of coffee along the way, that’s fine,” Mr Valentine said.

At each destination, teams of two, three or four will be given fun challenges to complete or information to help them move onto the next task.

The event caters for all ages and abilities, with the main focus on fun rather than competition.  

Taking place on Eureka Day, the starting point will be the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka before teams head into the city for the rest of the course.

“We are making sure people understand that it is Eureka Day, and the activities out there will pick up on that theme,” Mr Valentine said.

Check in commences at 8.30am, a briefing will be held at 9.15am and the event kicks off at 9.30am on Saturday, December 3.

The race will finish at Eastwood Leisure Complex at 1.30pm.

Entries are open until 5pm on Thursday, December 1, with all proceeds from ticket sales donated to cancer research organisation Relay for Life.

For more event details or to enter visit eurekaorienteers.asn.au or contact Mark Valentine on 0418 310 125.