Sunnyside puts on its own ‘amazing race’
Let the games commence.
This Sunday, the Kettle, located at 50-24 Skillman Ave, is playing host to the second annual Sunnyside Amazing Race.
The race is based loosely on the hit TV-show “The Amazing Race,” where teams of two scour the world to find places based on a series of clues.
In this version, Kim Graham, the event organizer and neighborhood resident, has written clues that teams must find in Sunnyside. Graham said participants will be sent all over Sunnyside—from St. Raphael’s Church to Sunnyside Gardens. Clues may involve locating the apartment of a historic jazz icon to finding certain restaurants.
Graham said that in some situations teams will be required to take photographs that indicate they have been to a designated location, or will be greeted by people at landmarks along the way.
Graham said she came up with the idea as a way to get to know more people in the neighborhood and to get to know some of the business owners too. “We have parades and fairs, but I thought this would be a bit different. Many of us love Sunnyside and this is a good way to explore it with friends.”
Graham said that participants must register at the Kettle by noon on Sunday June 24, with the event taking place between 1:00 pm through 3:00 pm. She said that each team will have 2 hours to find the clues.
The teams that are able to track down the most locations will receive prizes. The winning team will receive a cash prize, while the runner ups will be offered gift certificates from the Kettle Bar or Pure Spa and Salon.
The entrance fee is $20 with the profits going to the Sunnyside Community Center and Unity Stage Company.
Last year, the inaugural event drew 20 participants. However, Graham said as the word spreads she anticipates more people will take part. For example, Graham said, Congressman Joe Crowley will attend this year’s event.
In the future, she hopes that the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce and other local groups help build it up to be a major neighborhood event.