The Great Race

By: Justin Ware
By: Justin Ware

It looks like a scene from any popular reality show, but none of the action Saturday was taking place in an exotic location, unless you consider Stevens Point exotic?

That's where the “Great Race of Portage County” was wrapping up Saturday morning.

Fifteen teams competed in a 24-hour race that included nearly 30 different challenges, such as catching raw eggs, singing in supermarkets and just about anything else you can imagine.

"Potato picking. We picked potatoes, had to eat grasshoppers and tofu and headcheese," said Mark Molski, a race contestant.

This was the first year for the race that's organized by the Stevens Point YMCA to promote their programs. Race officials say they tried the race last year, but had to cancel due to a lack of interest.

"But all of a sudden this year people have been watching the "Amazing Race" and "Survivor" and people thought it was a good thing to do," said Tim Borchardt of the Stevens Point YMCA.

Borchardt says the “Y” hopes to hold an even bigger race in Stevens Point next year.