Some of you may remember the Amazing Sanibel Race that Jo and a friend of ours put on in celebration of my birthday a couple of years ago. It was so much fun that we decided to do it again on our recent trip to Sanibel. This time the guest of honor was Jo’s Aunt Sue. She is a huge fan of The Amazing Race so we thought it was a great way to celebrate her birthday.
We kicked it up a few notches this year, too, and came up with an awesome set of downloads for you to customize if you want to have your own The Amazing Race party! We also have tips on making your own clue box are hope to eventually come up with a mat design as well.
I think the most recognizable element of The Amazing Race that you can bring into your own race is the envelopes. Nothing says “I’m starting a new leg of the race” like tearing open that pull-strip on the envelope to see what’s inside. To make race-style envelopes, start with a white cardboard mailer that’s at least 4″ x 8″ so that the clues will fit inside. We used some 6″ x 8″ mailers that worked great. Make sure you get something with a tear strip! (The clues will also fit in a standard #10 business envelope if you want to save money and use what’s already on hand.)
To decorate the mailers, you’ll first need to download our handy template and print one copy for each envelope.
Take your envelopes and cover the front of them with a good coat of glue stick (or spray adhesive). To make this step even easier, you could also just print the template right onto sticker paper and avoid the glue altogether!
Then stick the printed template on top and use some scissors to trim the excess.
Your envelopes are now ready to be stuffed with clues!
So now you need some clues for your Amazing Race party! Fortunately for you, I made a nice template to help you out with that. The template includes blank clues for all of the common types of clues featured on the show — Route Info, Detour, Road Block, and Fast Forward.
Once you’ve downloaded our template, open it in Microsoft Word. Then click on the text for each clue and customize it with details for your party. Making the clues is so much fun. If you’re a fan of the show, you’ll know the style of writing used on the clues, which should help a lot. (If you want to see the actual clues we ended up using for our race, check out the link at the end of this post!)
Once your clues are complete, you can put them into a clue box that you can make with our Amazing Race clue box tutorial. It even has a download to make the flag extra easy!
Jo also made some custom buttons for the racers to wear, so that spectators could see that they were on an Amazing Race. These buttons were super easy to create with button blanks and yet another handy template that I designed just for this purpose!
Once you download the template and open it in Microsoft Word, just click where it says “Enter Event / Date Here” and edit the text so that it has your own event and date. This is a great way to customize the buttons! You could also put each racer’s name on the button, or just leave it blank if you want a generic design.
Now you’ve got everything you need for your own The Amazing Race party!
But you know Jo… she wanted just a little more. She decided that the race teams needed some way to identify themselves, so she picked up some inexpensive brightly-colored hats that the teams could wear. T-shirts or bandannas in bright colors would also be a great way to identify the teams.
The prizes for our race were Visa gift cards, which were sure to please the members of the winning team, no matter how young or old they were.
We thought we’d show you some pictures from our The Amazing Race party in Sanibel, which really show the fun that the teams had.
Here are some of the team members counting post office boxes at the Sanibel US Post Office, which was one of the Road Block tasks in our race. Everyone did surprisingly well with the counting and only one team had to count twice.
One of the other tasks in the race had the teams assemble some provided pieces of felt into a design that was shown on a photo. We did this task at Three Crafty Ladies, our favorite craft store on the island. They were pleased as punch to let us work on their table in the store.
The final leg of the race finished up with a task that required one team member to drink a milkshake from Cheeburger, Cheeburger as quickly as possible. Little Jo ended up doing this task for her team, and loved every minute of it, as you can clearly see!
If you’d like to see the clues that we came up with for our Sanibel version of The Amazing Race, here’s a downloadable Word doc with our customizations. If you happen to be in Sanibel, you can re-use our clues with hardly any changes. Our race had 4 legs and 7 clue envelopes, and I included a set-up guide at the end of the doc that tells you how to set it all up and administer this particular race.
If you use our templates or our Sanibel clues for your own The Amazing Race, please tell us about it in the comments. We’d love to hear from the racers out there!
We held yet another The Amazing Race event in the summer of 2011 during Chica’s annual campout at the lake. With completely kid-friendly challenges and matching bandanas for all the teams, this was a great mini version of the race and the kids had a ball. Visit our Amazing Race party for kids post to get our downloadable clue template and see how all the challenges went.