It won’t be long before spring is in full swing. And for Temecula, that means hundreds of reality stars will once again descend upon the valley to take part in a second installment of Reality Rally April 13-15, 2012.
This year’s citywide event featured over 100 reality stars from shows like “Amazing Race,” “Survivor,” “Big Brother” and the “Apprentice” racing and competing with their fans — from as far away as Canada — to benefit a local organization. Almost 250 volunteers from throughout California and 85 sponsors participated.
Team registrations already are being accepted starting next week. Volunteers will be able to sign up on the website soon after. Numerous events to ramp up excitement for the second-annual event are being scheduled in the coming months.
“Everybody loved (Reality Rally). The buzz is out there in the reality world. They are spreading the word. Everybody is so excited to come back,” said former “Survivor: Gabon” contestant and Reality Rally founder Gillian Larson, who lives in Temecula.
The inaugural Reality Rally earlier this year featured dozens of teams scrambling for clues and immunity idols — think “Amazing Race” and “Survivor” — in a citywide race that began on the steps of Temecula’s City Hall and fanned out to spots throughout the city.
According to Larson, nearly $70,000 was raised for Michelle’s Place, a Murrieta-based breast cancer resource center. Larson is hoping to raise $100,000 for the center in 2012.
Also in 2012, the race will feature a variety of challenge checkpoints, including Promenade Temecula, Big Horse Feed, Old Town Temecula and Europa Village. However, there will be more challenges this time around, and contestants will choose their own routes.
Larson said she is hoping to see more teams participating in the race, as well as business-inspired teams, groups from various media outlets and even local city councils. And, of course, homegrown teams of moms, families, local organizations and friends are welcome.
Groups that raise $1,000 or more for the upcoming event will be able to race with the reality star of their choosing, based upon availability.
Additionally, Wilson Creek Winery, Monte de Oro Winery and Mt. Palomar Winery are all on board for a weekend of parties, red carpet galas and breakfasts, where fans will have the chance to meet and mingle with the stars.
“I think that people mistakenly thought that if they weren’t participating in the race, then they couldn’t come to the parties. We want everyone to know that all are welcome to the festivities. And for very little cost, too,” Larsen said, noting that much of the fun is getting up close and personal with some of reality TV’s biggest stars.
To learn more, visit realityrally.com.