They pitched pumpkins. They bobbed for apples floating in a toilet bowl. They mummified themselves, wrapping head to toe in toilet paper and then racing down Main Street.
Fifteen teams of two raced Oct. 19 from the Boobar family cemetery plot to Main Motors to Jenson’s to the Anoka History Center to the Rum River and beyond competing for inaugural Anoka Halloween Amazing Race bragging rights and the $250 first-place prize.
They were husband-wife teams, father-daughter teams, best friend teams, brother-sister teams.
Some trained for weeks. Some registered on a whim. But all of the Anoka Halloween Amazing Race competitors called it “the best race ever.”
Founder and producer Anders Skaalerud created the race to add another dimension to Anoka’s month-long celebration of the season’s holiday.
He also wanted to celebrate local businesses and boost folks’ knowledge of historic Anoka, the Halloween Capital of the World.
Racers had to complete 12 tasks, earning clues as they accomplished each one and finally crossing the finish line at city hall.
“This will be a lot of fun and it will show people a lot about Anoka – some things they probably never knew,” said Skaalerud – a 2012 graduate of Anoka High School and proud life-long resident of the Halloween Capital of the World – before the race began.
Registration cost for the race was $50 per team with proceeds going to the Anoka Halloween scholarship fund.
“I just think this is a great way to help local students and to promote local business – not to mention how much fun everyone will have,” Skaalerud said last month as teams registered for the inaugural race.
Local businesses providing time, space, volunteers and tools for the inaugural Anoka Halloween Amazing Race included John Ward Park, Oakwood Cemetery, Main Motors, Anoka American Legion, Sterling Trophy, Antiques on Main, Goodrich Field, Ace Solid Waste, Terry Overaker Plumbing, Anoka History Center, Two Scoops ice cream shop, Jenson’s clothing store, Akin Riverside Park, Duall Printing, Coop’s Locksmith, Bronco’s slow-roasted sandwiches and Anoka city hall.
Watch for details of an expanded Anoka Halloween Amazing Race coming for the 2014 celebration of Halloween in Anoka.
Anoka Halloween Amazing Race results
Finishing in just about three hours, 15 teams of two accomplished a dozen tasks, racing from one end of downtown Anoka to the other in pursuit of bragging rights and the $250 first-place prize.
1. Megan Ladyka and Lora Steiner
2. Chuck and Kelly Blair
3. Ross and Sue Chambers
4. Jenny Bohler-Penney and Jessie Becker
5. J.D. Wells and Alex Carlson
6. Ashley Nelson and Natalie Skogen
7. Cliff and Angela Vanthul
8. Peter and Christina Hansen
9. Nick and Katie Anderson
10. Paul and Trisha Rustad
11. Molly and Traci Grailer
12. Tammy Kurck and Kirsten Kjome
13. Jocelyn Bendijo and Autumn Murphy
14. Nicole Beach and Sarah Nordvall
15. Scott and Brenda Yonke
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