Guelph, ON. (May 31, 2017) – Teams from across Ontario are set to compete in this weekend’s Southern Ontario Amazing Race. The annual event is held the first weekend of June and this year marks the races’ fourteenth year.

Similar to the network television show, the Southern Ontario Amazing Race challenges twenty teams of two to numerous physical and mental challenges throughout Southern Ontario. The event raises funds for the Children’s Foundation of Guelph and Wellington, which works to lessen the impact of poverty on local children and empower them for a brighter future.

“Over the last thirteen years, the Southern Ontario Amazing Race has made a critical difference in the lives of children.” says Glenna Banda, Executive Director of the Children’s Foundation of Guelph and Wellington. “Thousands of children are now educated, healthy and reaching their dreams thanks to the race.” Southern Ontario Amazing Race competitors have raised over $850,000 since the race’s inception!

In this two-day adventure race, teams will navigate their way across Southern Ontario, without the use of a mobile phone. While some transportation is provided by race shuttles, in many cases, teams must find their way by foot or by way of public assistance.

To celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday, the race has been setup with a Canada 150th theme. The race is set to begin this Saturday, June 3, 2017 at 8:30am at Hanlon Creek Park, located at 505 Kortright Rd W, Guelph, ON.

This year’s race starter is retired Canadian soccer player and television broadcaster, Helen Stoumbos. Rachel Guthrie will also be on hand to sing our national anthem. The public and press are invited to cheer on the racers as they begin their journey across Southern Ontario.

Race activities and updates will be posted on the race’s Twitter and Instagram accounts.

Learn more about the Southern Ontario Amazing Race, visit their website at www.therace.ca.