Reality Rally 2013 is getting ready to race through the streets of Temecula and as the clock ticks down, the excitement is ramping up.
“The former Lake Elsinore mayor Brian Tisdale tells me he has been working out and getting in shape (for the event),” said founder and former “Survivor: Gabon” contestant Gillian Larson. “The Lake Elsinore City Council won their race last year and they are determined to keep the little gnome trophy this year, too.”
In its third year, the popular event pairs dozens of teams with reality stars from shows like “Survivor” and “The Apprentice” in an “Amazing Race”-style game in Old Town Temecula.
As in years past, racers and residents alike can expect tons of fun activities, including star-studded meet-and-greets and red carpet events, a competitive golf tournament at Pala Mesa Resort and an online game where friends and fans can join in.
But, the competitive juices will be flowing on the main day — April 6 — when more than 100 reality stars will complete a team of three to run in the race, successfully navigating challenges for bragging rights and the big win.
This year, Larson has said that she wants to expand Reality Rally’s reach into the local community and its businesses and families.
“We really want the community to know about our Kidz Challenge. It’s a great way for families to come out and take part in the day,” Larson said.
Families of five with children ages 15 and under are invited take part in their own version of the race — for just $10.
Hosted by such kid-friendly organizations as Destination Imagination, Boojum Institute and Temecula Youth Basketball Leagues, the activities are all kid-centric, safe and fun.
Part of the race takes place in mulch — so plan on wearing some old tennis shoes, Larson warned.
Each child receives a “Passport to Success” for his/her efforts.
Registration is done on the day of the event beginning at 11 a.m. at Temecula City Hall. Then, the Kidz Challenge kicks into gear from 1 to 3 p.m.
Some vendors will be on hand too, including a reptile petting zoo and a cat rescue organization.
“We tailored this event for all our local families so that they can come out and enjoy the day in a way that is easy and spontaneous,” Larson said.
Reality Rally kicks off April 5-7 in Old Town Temecula.
A number of events are planned: the 2013 Reality Rally Golf Tournament at 7:30 a.m. on April 5 at Pala Mesa Resort, festivities with the reality stars from 6 to 10 p.m. on April 5 at Wilson Creek Winery, a Red Carpet Celebration from 6 to 10 p.m. on April 6 at South Coast Winery Resort & Spa and Breakfast with the Stars from 9 to 11 a.m. on April 7 at Pala Mesa Resort.
All of the net proceeds benefit the Temecula-based breast cancer resource center Michelle’s Place.
To learn more, visit www.realityrally.com.
Kerri S. Mabee is the managing editor of Southwest Riverside News Network. She can be reached at email@example.com.