Race remembers Melissa

Race remembers Melissa

The Heroes Amazing Race takes place in Vernon May 6.

Plans are moving ahead for the second annual Heroes Amazing Race.

The four to five-hour race through Vernon is May 6.

“Heroes Amazing Race is the only fundraiser of its kind in the Okanagan,” said Lindsay James, founder.

“Like the Amazing Race on television, there are 12 legs of the race, mental and physical challenges and — my favourite — sabotage. We try to keep it light and fun, with challenges that bring out the kid in everyone.”

The event, presented by Resound, is part of the Heroes Shave It Off fundraiser for brain cancer research.

In 2015, James and her best friend, Melissa Gobbett, created this fundraiser to find strength during hardship.

Gobbett, a wife and mother of two small boys, was diagnosed with brain cancer when her youngest was just six-months-old.

“Melissa fought bravely for three years,” said James.

“She lost her battle almost a year ago, but her legacy lives on through this fundraiser. Heroes Shave it Off

gave her strength when she needed it the most. The continued success of Heroes Shave it Off will help keep Melissa’s memory alive.”

The race, which will begin at the Upper Room Mission, will feature teams of two racing to overcome obstacles as they try to advance to each check stop.

“Heroes Amazing Race is perfect for couples, friends, coworkers, parents and kids over 12,” said James.

“We have some fantastic prizes to give away including accommodation and a two-day bike pass at Silver Star, a canoe, a Polar NapSack, sunglasses, gym memberships, a watch and so much more. Plus, the cost of your ticket will go directly to The Canadian Cancer Society to support brain cancer research.”

If you’re interested in volunteering May 6, contact 250-309-6628.

There are also many sponsorship opportunities to select from. For more information, contact 250-309-6628.