YP Quincy recruiting teams for Big Dam Race in September

Posted: Aug. 18, 2014 3:37 pm Updated: Sep. 9, 2014 12:15 pm

Young Professionals of the Quincy Area will put on a local version of the CBS reality TV show "The Amazing Race" Saturday, Sept. 6, in Quincy.

The Big Dam Race will offer participants an opportunity to learn about Quincy's landmarks while competing on teams to complete routes throughout the city. The name of the race comes from a play on words from Lock and Dam 21 and adapted from YP Quincy's Big Dam Film Festival.

"This event is designed to showcase some of the wonderful places that have helped shape our community," said LeeAnn Beard, YP Executive Board member and Planning Committee member.

The event will consist of four-person teams. Membership in YP Quincy is not required. Teams should check in by 8:30 a.m. at One Restaurant and Bar, 600 Hampshire, where they will be given instructions for the race.

Once the race begins at 10 a.m., each team will be given a set of clues to identify the participating task locations. Teams must navigate their way via bicycles to each location and complete the given tasks, collecting points along the way. The team that returns to the stopping point by 1 p.m. with the most points will be declared the winning team.

Prizes will be awarded for first-, second- and third-place teams.

For registration and sponsorship information, call Beard or visit the YP Quincy Facebook page.

Registration cost is $120 a team. Advance registration is required by Aug. 29, but teams will be able to sign up the morning of the event.

YP of the Quincy Area is a network of young adults who develop and promote educational and career opportunities, entertainment and recreational activities, and active involvement in the community.

It was started as a steering committee by the Great River Economic Development Foundationn in 2004 to discuss ways to make Quincy an attractive community to recruit, retain and engage young people. The group now has more than 250 members, led by President Breeana DeVerger.