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WILSON – Wilson Baptist Church is kicking off a very busy weekend in this usually quiet lakeside village with the fifth annual “Amazing Race,” scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. Friday.

Sixteen teams of five will set out from the church, at the corner of Pettit and Chestnut streets, and wind their way through the village with a dozen activity stations set up along the way.

Event organizer Stephen Hay, who is the teaching and outreach pastor at the church, said, “Don’t let Friday the 13th scare you away from this great Father’s Day Weekend activity. We are picking up the pace for our fifth annual race.”

Wilson’s Amazing Race features two separate events – a fast-paced, adventure-oriented experience for teens and adults, and an age-appropriate course for junior racers in fifth to seventh grade with six activity stations.

Hay said the teen/adult race registration filled early, but those interested in participating should still show up to fill in for teams that are no-shows. There is still plenty of room for teams to register for the Junior Race, he added. For safety reasons, the junior racers must come prepared to field two adults, age 18 and over, on each team.

Hay said the goal of the race is to show participants and spectators that “our church is not just in the community, but part of the community. That’s our heartbeat and always has been.”

Hay said organizers try to keep things fresh by changing up the stations each year, bringing back only two old favorites this year, for example.

He added, “These are not your run-of-the-mill challenges either. Everything comes with a twist.”

He offered past examples of stations where racers were required to declare “paintball war” on the Easter Bunny; compete in a risky, blindfolded scooter special; and choose between choking down a night crawler, chugging pop through their teammate’s sock or making friends with a tarantula.

The activities along the route are being kept secret, but the race website promises there will be some surprises along with the return of some old favorites.

A free party is planned after the event with refreshments. Event sponsors include Kingdom Bound, Maid of the Mist, Woodcock Brothers Brewery Co., KS Wise Services, TnRs Mobil Gas and Corner Store and Matty’s Pizzeria.

For more information or to register, visit wilsonsamazingrace.com and watch for updates on Facebook.

Hay said, “We say this every year, but truly, this is going to be the year you don’t want to miss!”