Amazing Race Mukilteo thrills once again
Last updated 7/18/2018 at Noon
This past Saturday, July 14, 36 teams traversed the city of Mukilteo competing in challenges and solving clues as part of the third annual Amazing Race Mukilteo hosted by the Mukilteo Chamber of Commerce.
Beth VanZutphen and Becky Beurhaus of team BuckHaus completed the race in 91 minutes to take home the honor of 2018 Amazing Race Mukilteo champions.
VanZutphen and Beurhaus finished near the top of the competition in its previous two years, before winning it in their third attempt.
Each year the race features six new challenges and six new locations throughout Mukilteo.
“We have a dual function to promote business and the city of Mukilteo and this event is a great way to do it,” said Julie Martin, the president and CEO of the chamber.
The day’s adventure began at Kamiak High School and ended at Immortals Fitness, with the Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival Association, Stemtree of Mukilteo, the Historic Flight Foundation, Bella Terra Apartments, the Mukilteo Chamber of Commerce, and the Rosehill Community Center all playing host to challenges during the race.
“The hardest part of preparing for the event is coming up with new challenges and new locations each year,” Martin said. “But we’ve got some great spots in Mukilteo.”
The day included competitions like a pitch-a-tent contest, a paper airplane toss, Minute to Win it games and Hungry Hungry Humans, a rendition of the childhood game of Hungry Hungry Hippos.
The event cost between $50 and $60 depending on when teams registered. Participants received a t-shirt for participating, and prizes were awarded to the top three teams with the lowest times.
Additional prizes were awarded for best team costume, best team name and farthest distance traveled.
The 36 teams of two who participated in the event’s third year represented a sign of growth from their previous two Amazing Race events, which had 27 and 29 teams respectively.
Martin credits the increased number of participants to better marketing and, more importantly, word-of-mouth from previous participants.
“People have a great time going all over Mukilteo solving clues to find the locations and then completing the challenges,” she said.
Martin said that a fourth year of the Amazing Mukilteo Race is in the plans and to look for the event in 2019.
“If you think you know Mukilteo, you will have fun solving the clues and competing in the challenges,” Martin said. “It’s a great way for families to get out and enjoy a morning all around Mukilteo.”