SOAR Leaps to New Heights

June 20, 2017


June 2nd and 3rd, twenty teams of two competed in the fourteenth annual Southern Ontario Amazing Race. The event, a 3rd party fundraiser organized primarily by a team of volunteers, raises funds to help lessen the impact of poverty on local children and empower them for a brighter future. Teams raised money, prior to the race to earn benefits that may have helped them during the race. The total amount raised from this year’s event was $85,705. The Southern Ontario Amazing Race has raised over $896,000 for the Children's Foundation since the race's inception in 2004.

As all funds raised go toward the Children’s Foundation, the race relies on sponsorships to make the race as amazing as possible. This year, Adventure Guide, Red Car Service and Caliburn Engineering supported the race as Adventure sponsors.

This year, teams traveled to Brantford and back with numerous physical and mental challenges along the way. On Sunday, teams encountered the challenge, Free Falling,
located at the Balnar apartment buildings on Speedvale Avenue. Each racer had to jump off the 14-floor apartment building and fly through the air on a One Axe Pursuits pendulum swing.

The two-day adventure race, ended with a final pit stop at the top level of the East parking garage in Guelph. Friends Aaron Goldt from London and Chris Allan from Guelph
placed first. Friends, Chris Armstrong and Gil Broza, from Toronto placed in second and were named the highest fundraiser, raising over $15,000.

Browse through the action from race weekend in this slideshow:


To see the amount raised and placement position for each team, click here.