In 2008, a new event was held in London over the Labour Day weekend. The 1st annual 'Amazing London Race' took people all around the city of London as they raised funds for “Mackayla’s Fight for Sight” and “Sunshine Foundation”. This event was held on Sunday August 31st, 2008 and Monday September 1st, 2008. Both days started and finished at Friday Knight Lights with teams departing early in the morning to explore London to complete their various tasks. The race was conducted in the same format as the hit CBS TV show “The Amazing Race”. Racers and volunteers were treated to a great breakfast served by the owners of Friday Knight Lights, Tim Best and Anne Marie DeCicco-Best (Mayor of the City of London). Without them this event would not have happened.

For this first race, 5 teams of 4 joined the launch of this new annual event. Between the pledges raised, the BBQ & Car Wash held at Rona Home & Garden (sponsored by Foresters Hope Branch) and the silent auctions at the finish line, over $2500 was raised for these two great causes. We had some amazing weather for the event and each team came with a lot of enthusiasm and a competitive spirit. Everything combined, helped make this the success that it was. Our winning team, “Red Alert”, graciously donated their grand prize winnings ($250.00) back to the two charities. The top fundraiser for the event was Jeremy Goulet, who raised a total of $507 and was awarded a trip to Toronto for his efforts.

At the Finish Line on Sunday August 31 and Monday September 1, we were entertained with live music from Ryan Starkweather & Jeff Shaughnessy. Also, on Monday September 1 we were entertained by the "Janis Effect" and treated to a very special performance with "Canadian Idol" finalist and Canadian Recording artist Aaron Walpole.

2008 List of Events

2008 List of Events

Sunday August 31, 2008

 Friday Knight Lights (envelope) (Picture)
Eldon House (destination clue)
Old Court House (destination clue)
Labatt Park (Fenced In)
McKillop Park (Remember Pattern Puzzle)
Guy Lombardo Museum (destination)
Adventures on Wonderland (Ball Search)
Rona Home & Garden (BBQ Pit Stop and Car Wash)
East Park/Intencity (Rock Wall)
Banting House (destination clue)
Royal Canadian Regiment Museum (destination clue)
Build-a-Bear (Stuff the Bear)
Windermere Golf (Putt or Chip Choice Detour)
Gibbons Park (Spelling Bee)
Richmond Row (Flag Match)
Canadian Medical Hall of Fame (destination clue)
Via Rail (destination clue)
Friday Knight Lights (Finish Line and concert; featuring Ryan Starkweather and Jeff Shaughnessy)

Monday September 1, 2008 

 Friday Knight Lights (Build the Tank)
Victoria Park Tank (Victoria Park by the Numbers Trivia)
Richmond Row (Around the World on Richmond Row)
Artistic Esthetic Spa (Makeover Madness)
Gibbons Park (Sudoko Puzzle)
Jack Astor’s (Hot & Cold)
Fanshawe Pioneer Village (Pioneer Relay)
Fanshawe Conservation-Fishing Area (Fishing... another eating task)
Western Fair Train (Destination clue)
Western Fair Agriplex (Destination clue)
Western Fair Sports Plex (Destination clue)
Empire Theatre Wellington 8 (Let’s Go to the Movies)
Museum London (destination clue)
Downtown Splash Pad (Time to Get Wet)
Covent Garden Market (Build it)
Friday Knight Lights (Finsh Line, Silent Auctions and concert featuring Aaron Walpole)


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