What’s better than amazing fun? Try spooky amazing fun!

PLYMOUTH – What’s better than amazing fun? Try spooky amazing fun!

Healthy Plymouth’s third annual Amazing Race promises a spooktacular time as teams race against the clock and each other to solve puzzles and complete silly challenges for a cash prize.

This year’s prize will increase to $500 for the team that complete all 13 (or 14) pit stop challenges in the fastest time. Prizes are also given for best costumes, best team spirit and best fundraising.

The Sorensen-Ball family is once again the team to beat. The local teachers and their children have run away with the top prize in the last two Healthy Plymouth Amazing Races.

But organizers have upped the field to 40 teams for this year’s race, so the pressure will intensify.

This year’s race will return to its roots in downtown Plymouth, but will feature a Halloween theme in keeping with its late October starting date. The race will starts at 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 26, at Nathaniel Morton Elementary School. (Registration begins at 12:15 p.m.)

A super-secret race design committee is putting the finishing touches on this year’s competition and expects to send some tight-lipped test racers on the trail soon.

“We’ll definitely have a spooky, haunted theme,” Healthy Plymouth Chairman Malissa Kenney said. “We also try to make each stop a little bit educational, so people learn a little bit as they go along.”

The first Healthy Plymouth Amazing Race was held downtown and on the waterfront in 2017 and incorporated many of the town’s historical landmarks and traditions. Last year, the race moved to Cordage Park in North Plymouth, where the town’s rope-making industry was among the traditions celebrated.

Kenney said the race committee has been working with businesses as well as community organizations to design fun challenges for racers. As always, teams will want to strategize before hitting the streets.

Pit stops will include physical challenges like balancing acts, mental challenges like decoding puzzles and silly challenges like singing goofy songs to the judges’ content.

Proceeds from the event will further Healthy Plymouth’s goal of preventing substance abuse by creating free, engaging programs for local youth.

Last year’s race raised $26,000. Kenney said this year race will fund two of Healthy Plymouth’s most popular programs – the School Gardens with Terra Cura and the Peer Helper Program.

With Terra Cura, Healthy Plymouth has provided organic edible gardens at 13 local schools. The gardens are used for cooking demonstrations and outdoors classrooms to teach students about healthy and nutritious living.

The Peer Helper Program promotes mentorship and leadership in middle and elementary schools, planting seeds of respect, friendship and empathy. Healthy Plymouth piloted the program last year at Plymouth South Middle School.

Kenney said the event had 34 teams competing last year and several of those have already called looking to get on a waiting list for this year’s competition. Children 10 and older can compete on teams with adults. The entry fee is $100 per team, but organizers encourage teams to raise even more for the cause.

This year’s race has two gold sponsors. Algonquin Heights and Eversource have each contributed $2,500 to the event.

For more information about the race an Healthy Plymouth, visit www.healthyplymouthorg.