CRC Amazing Race 2011
Been working on it since last month and on last Saturday, I finally get it executed. I was quite nervous coz prior to this; I practically eat, sleep and shit with the whole amazing race concept. I woke up at 4:30am, get myself ready then proceed to McDonald drive-thru outlet for an early breakfast. As the team leader of the organizing team, I have to reach the campus by 6am.
By 6:30am, almost all of the organizing team reached the meeting point. Soon the race participants turned up not only with their best attire but with creatively car decoration. It was beyond my expectation and I was really pumped up to start the day. The race was based on the amazing race concept but with our own twist.
Exactly at 7:30am, the amazing race was flag off by the CRC’s President and it was quite exciting yet funny to see some of the race team speed off with their car without reading their clue carefully. As a matter of fact, the first clue requires them to solve a crossword puzzle at the campus recreational and sport hall. Two of the race team who speed off earlier was seen drove back to the first checkpoint.
It took approximately 20 minutes for the first group to solve the crossword puzzle. I was amazed as I thought they might spend a lot of time solving it. Upon solving the first task, the next task require them to collect edible fern or known as midin by the local. Again, I was blown away by their speed in completing the task that I thought would give them hard time where they have to walk in the bushes to pick some fern.
I have to rush to the next check point; McDonald Permyjaya outlet. Here, they are required to eat McDonald GCB set (consist of Coke, GCB and fries) within 10 minutes. Failure to complete within the stipulated period, they will be penalize 30 minutes before proceeding to the next check point. All of the team managed to finish their GCB set within the stipulated time despite some of them puked. Thank God none of them got choked! ;p
After literally forcing them to finish the GCB set, next task require them to provide customer service at a petrol station. Here, they will assist a sedan car owner to refill his petrol, clean his rear window and make the payment on his behalf. Once done, they will get the next clue from the Marshal.
Next, the race participant will need to drive to the city centre to locate a sport shop. Here, all of the team member must assemble a trophy each. Once done, the Marshal will give them the next clue. The next clue lead them to the Grand Old Lady for a group photo session then heading to EastWood Valley and Golf Resort to tee some golf balls at the driving range.
From the driving range, they have to jive in a swimming pool located at Taman Awam to get the next clue. Here, the race teams have to go down the hills and climb it back in order to locate the highest tower. Once located the highest tower in the park, they need to solve a jigsaw puzzle.
After completing the excruciating painful task, they need to drive all the way to Taman Tunku for a car wash task. Some of the team got lost finding their way although a map of the venue was provided. Once done, they have to drive to the airport to take a group photo with a MAS staff.
The last pit stop for the race was at ParkCity Everly Hotel. Here, they are asked to set up a dinner setting table. A completed dinner setting table has been done and they need to set an empty table with the provided items. It may look easy but all of the race team got it right after 5 – 6 times setting up their table.
It was anticipated that the race will end within 5 hours but I was wrong. The first team reached the final pit stop within 3 hours. The last team reaches the final destination within 4 hours. They all look tired yet still manage to pull happy faces until we went back. We had our lunch and prize giving ceremony at ParkCity Everly Hotel.
It comes to a point where no matter how well the plan is, there will always be hiccups here and there throughout the execution. I got frustrated coz I felt I did not do a good job. It would have been better if there were no hiccups at all. But then again, nobody is perfect hence I accept the hiccups as lesson to be learnt even the hard way.
To me, the biggest reward of all is to receive positive feedback from the race participants. They were having so much fun and look forward for another round of similar race in the near future. I smiled. It made me happy. It made me proud. It made me a better person where I want to do more.
I thank you for the understanding. I thank you for the sportsmanship. I thank you for the positive feedback. I thank you for the experience. The CRC Amazing Race 2011 is nothing without their participation.
Thank you guys.
Thank you so much. 🙂