So, we had a very fun event we attended this weekend, Amazing Race Centurion. This was to get to know the town we live in better and to get exposure for local businesses. The event was on the 16th of December 2017 and 17th of December 2017.
Maggie du Plessis (me)
Sarel du Plessis
We started out on the 16th of December at Mimmo's (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mimmos-Jean-Ave/2511322635811434) with a game of Laser Tag which was sponsored by Laser Paintball Parties (https://www.facebook.com/Laserpaintball/?ref=gs&fref=gs&hc_location=group). We ended 12th in the Laser tag and that was our position.
Now we waited for 9:00 and to receive our next clue. So the clue was:
Challenge 1 - Find the friendly man with the best cuts and complete the challenge. Once the task is completed take a team photo with the challenge person/object and send it through in order to receive the next clue.
Destination was The Friendly Butcher, we had to sort the meat cuts on a chart. (https://www.facebook.com/thefriendlybutcher/)
Challenge 2 - Find the stone bovine, toss a coin and make a wish. Once the task is completed take a team photo with the challenge object and send it in to receive the next clue.
Destination - Irene Dairy Farm (https://www.facebook.com/irenedairyfarm/), where they have a wishing well.
Challenge 3 - Find the ART at the Geelkunshuis (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Geelkunshuis/715137092021792). Once you find the art, take a team photo with it and send it in to receive the next clue
Challenge 4 - Find the men in blue and yellow who serve 24/7 and complete the challenge. Once the task is completed, take a team photo with the object/person and send it in to receive the next clue.
Desitnation - Monitor Net
This was a tricky one, as we first went to Metro Police, then Lyttleton police station and then Wierdabrug polce station, on to find out we had to go to Monitor Net (https://www.facebook.com/monitornet.co.za/). When we got there, the challenge was for each individual to flip the tractor tyre. I must say, I can hardly move my arms today (17 Dec 2017) after doing that challenge :-).
Challenge 5 - Proceed to Mimmo's Mall@Reds and complete the challenge. Failure to complete will carry a time penalty. Please collect your lunch. Once the task is completed, take a team photo with object/person and send it in to receive your next clue.
Bruce Mitchell took one for the team here. He had to dip foccacia into three different hot sauces, keep it in his mouth for 3 seconds and proceed to the next dipping sauce, we completed this one quickly, grabbed our lunch and ran for the car.
Challenge 6 - Find Old Trafford and take in the scenery. Once the task is completed, take a team photo with the scenery in the background and send it in to receive the next clue.
Destination - Centurion Lake Hotel (https://www.facebook.com/CenturionLakeHotel/)
Well, we googled Old Trafford and it took us to the Oval Gardens next to the Cricket Stadium.
So, after we thought a little bit, I remembered that we were at the Centurion Lake Hotel for the Charity Ball earlier this year and that the ballroom was called Old Trafford. So off we went...
Challenge 7 - At the location where the soup masters convened, you will find the "coach house" that was built in 1841. Once the task is completed, take a team photo with the building in the background and send it in to receive your next clue.
Destination - Ga' Rouge Restaurant in Candlewoods Estate (https://www.facebook.com/www.garouge.co.za/)
This was a very difficult one, it took us an hour to find this place. Obviously we thought this building was in Irene, because it is according us, the oldest area in Centurion.We thought at first it was Railways Cafe, but we where wrong. Then we thought it might be the train station in Irene, but we were also wrong. At this time in the race, we fell so far behind, this challenge killed us.
Challenge 8 - Find the location of the only porcinarium in the world - If you can't enter the property, take a photo of the security access. Once the task is completed, take a team photo with the challenge object and send it in to receive the next clue.
Don't know what a porcinarium is? Do not worry, we did not either.
This is probably the only museum in the whole world dedicated to pigs and is situated at the Agricultural Research Council's Institute for Animal Improvement. The institute is situated just outside of Irene.
The museum offers a review of the development of pig breeds in South Africa. It was opened in 1996 to coincide with the 40th birthday of the Pork Improvement Testing Scheme.
Challenge 9 - Proceed to Ridgeback Village Restaurant and complete the challenge. Once the task is completed, take a team photo with the object/person and send it in to receive the next clue.
This was the eating challenge, when we first got there, we had t find two objects from a list they gave us. We had to find grapes and a puffer fish.
After we did this challenge, I had to finish a 500g steak.
Challenge 10 - Find the place where the Lions Rest. Once the task is completed, take a team photo with the challenge object and send it in to receive the next clue.
Destination - Bishop Bird Park (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bishop-Bird-Park/407323156006271)
This was actually quite a funny one, as we knew it had something to do with The Lions Club of Centurion. As we were searching for their clubhouse, we drove past Eldoraigne Boulevard. They called out to us and said one person needs to wash the car as quick as possible. this was actually one of the challenges, so we did it, but it was the wrong one. We skipped two challenges ahead (laughing by myself).
So after we sent these photos in, we were told to return to home base, but then the organizers realized what happened and we had to continue with the other challenges. The Lions Club of Centurion (https://www.facebook.com/LionsClubOfCenturionLifestyle/) donated a bench to the Bishop Bird Park and that was what we needed to go find.
Challenge 11 - Find an Antique Silk Kashan dating back to 1890 - 1900. also called the "Document of Wisdom" and contains sayings from Ali Ibn Abi Talib and was signed by Master Weaver Hoosein. Once ths task is completed, take a team photo with the challenge object and send it in to receive the next clue.
Destination - Ravat's Persian Carpet Gallery
There are so many beautiful carpets here. We found the Kashan, which was absolutely gorgeous.
After this challenge we went back to the home base, which was where we started. We did not qualify for the second day, which was today, the 17th of December 2017, but we had a blast! We thought we knew our town, Centurion, but we had such an awesome experience and will definitely participate again next year!
Have a wonderful Sunday evening further and a fantastic week!