Great Amazing Race

The piggyback ride is one of about 30 challenges that may be part of the Great Amazing Race this weekend. (The Great Amazing Race/Courtesy / November 27, 2013)

It involves teamwork, moving quickly and some smarts. And it has a familiar title.

"The Great Amazing Race" comes to South Florida this weekend, offering what organizer Gregory Benton calls a scaled-down version of the hit TV show. Except instead of occupying a full season on CBS, it'll last just an hour or so, as two-person teams cover a one-mile course that includes up to 30 challenges.

"It's not a grueling, basic-training mud run, but more of a team-building exercise," Benton says. The teams often consist of parents and children.

Benton's staff mixes up the stations from venue to venue, but a popular event is "blindfold baseball," in which one teammate walks the bases blindfolded while relying on the instructions of a partner.


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"You'll have 25 people walking the bases, and 25 on the sideline giving instruction," he says. "And everyone's trying to figure out which is the parent's voice. It's a good exercise in communication."

Benton's core business, based in Cincinnati, is providing activities for the NFL's Play 60 movement, designed to get children to exercise more.

The Great Amazing Race includes four divisions, determined by the youngest team member: grades K-2, grades 3-5, grades 6-9 and grades 10 through adult teams.

The Great Amazing Race will take place 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, at Okeeheelee Park, 7715 Forest Hill Blvd., in West Palm Beach and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, at Tree Tops Park, 3900 SW 100th Ave., in Davie. Cost is $40 per two-member team at GreatAmazingRace.com.