Amazing Race for Charity 2021
Published on May 21, 2021
Each April since 2014 the City of Eustis has been overrun with hundreds of people wearing brightly-colored race shirts and unusual costumes while completing a series of twenty or more wacky activities along a 5-mile course across the quiet Central Florida town, all in an effort to raise money for local charities.
The Amazing Race for Charity presented by Florida Cancer Specialists was the brainchild of local entrepreneur Timothy Totten, who has created the seventh edition with his group of dedicated volunteers to take place this year on Saturday, June 5, 2021. “Like so many other events, we had to postpone the 2020 race until this year,” says Totten, who works with local sponsors and charities to devise the event. “But that means we’ve had an extra twelve months to come up with some really fun and crazy things for our racers!”
Totten, who serves as race director and course designer, worked with the other four board members (Jill Baker, Tammie Vinson, B.E. Thompson, and Sandi Moore) to create an event that is both exciting for the participants, but also respectful of appropriate health & safety guidelines, while honoring the charity atmosphere of the race.
“We’re taking some important steps to ensure that everyone involved is safe and has a great time,” says Vinson, who manages the 200+ volunteers who will make the race happen on June 5th. “Our race is really about having fun while giving back to charity, so we are very focused on making sure we take all necessary precautions.”
Each year the race features twenty or more unique race challenges that are seldom repeated in future races. Past challenges include racing lawn mowers through an obstacle course, defrosting a frozen t-shirt, the world’s longest Twister board, getting washed off like a dog at the groomer, and many others.
In the end, all of the proceeds from the all-volunteer event are given to local charities doing work in Lake County. In 2021, race organizers expect their total charitable donations over seven races to cross the $200,000 mark.
This year’s selected charities are:
Alee Academy Charter School
Central Florida Dreamplex
Companions for Courage
Early Learning Coalition of Lake Co
Educational Foundation of Lake Co / Take Stock in Children Florida Cancer Specialists Foundation
Hand in Hand of Lake Co / Ruth House program
LifeStream Foundation / The Open Door
Strut Your Mutt / Humane Society of Lake County
Trout Lake Nature Center
The race attracts serious competitors, marathoners, triathletes, adventure racers, and amateurs alike - from all over Lake County, and the country. Eight states and more than 40 Florida cities will be represented at this year’s Amazing Race for Charity. As much cooperation as competition, the course is designed to bring racers and supporters together. At its core, the Amazing Race for Charity presented by Florida Cancer Specialists is about celebrating community and, more importantly, everyone wins!