Date: August 25th, 2022
Time: 12 p.m.
Race Time: 1 p.m.
Where: The race will begin in the parking lot near United Way’s offices (350 NW 1st Ave., Grand Rapids)

Teams of up to eight (8) people will race against each other to solve puzzles, complete challenges, and be the first to the finish line in this community-wide scavenger hunt.


The Itascamazing Race is a Grand Rapids area-wide scavenger hunt consisting of teams of 2-8. Teams will be given a series of clues and challenges to complete in a 3 hour time period. Each challenge will be worth different point values, and some will include bonus points, so teams will need to use their creativity and knowledge of the area to race their way to first!

How to Participate

  1. Recruit a Team
    Gather your friends, coworkers, or family to take on the race together! Your team can consist of up to eight (8) people. Teams consisting of children (ages 6-12) require at least one adult team member.
  2. Choose a Team Name
    Your team name is how you’ll be identified on the race leaderboard – so choose something fun and unique! You also might choose to dress up as a team – and bonus points might be up for grabs for the best-costumed team.
  3. Sign Up
    Team members can register individually, or a team captain can sign the whole team up at once. If you’re signing up individually, make sure to identify the same team name as your other team members!
  4. Download the Scavify app
    The Itascamazing Race will be conducted over the Scavify app, where you’ll find clues, upload photos, and track your progress. Only one member from each team needs to operate the app. Download: iPhone | Android
  5. Get Ready to Race!
    Check out our pre-race instructions to make sure you’re ready for the race! Be sure to invite supporters to cheer you on at our pre-race rally and celebrate your success at our post-party at Rapids Brewing Co.!


$25 Adults (ages 13+) – $30 after after August 18
$15 Child (age 6-13)* – $20 after August 18

*Children under age 6 may join at no cost, however, T-shirts and other event perks will come at an additional cost.

All registered participants will receive a race toolkit, which includes a collectible T-shirt as well as other event perks.


How many people can be on a team?
Teams can consist of up to eight (8) people. Teams that include children (ages 6-12) must have at least one adult on their team for safety purposes.

How long will the race take?
The Itascamazing Race will last for three hours, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Teams will be scored on the number of points they can gather by the time they arrive at Rapids Brewing Co. at 4 p.m. – so approach your race strategically!

Can kids do the race?
Children ages six and up are welcome to participate in the race as contestants. Teams with youth 12 and under must have at least one adult to provide transportation and supervision. Children under six do not count as contestants and so can tag along with full teams without paying a registration fee – however, T-shirts and other event perks will incur an additional cost.

Do I have to use my cell phone?
One person will be required to download the Scavify app, which the team will use to to complete challenges and upload photos .

What kind of transportation will I need?
Our race area extends beyond the downtown area of Grand Rapids, so teams are recommended to plan a method of transportation to get around. Teams will likely want to have a car, but any form of transportation is acceptable.

Before beginning the race, review the pre-race instructions to learn about competition rules, find tips, and more.

Schedule of Events

Adjacent to United Way / Kremer’s parking lot (350 NW 1st Ave, Grand Rapids)
Itascamazing Race team check-in, packet pick up, and Scadify instructions.

Race will begin, and teams will set out on their hunts, reaching the finish line by 4 p.m.! 

Enjoy food, drinks, and live music as we crown the winning team and celebrate the kickoff of United Way’s campaign season!

2021 Platinum

Paul Bunyan Communications
Paul Bunyan Communications has the region’s largest and fastest all fiber optic network with over 5,500 square miles throughout most of Beltrami County and portions of Cass, Hubbard, Itasca, Koochiching, and St. Louis Counties. The Cooperative provides Broadband High Speed Internet Service up to a Gigabit per second, digital and high definition television services, digital voice services and more. PBC is also Northern Minnesota’s Certified Apple Repair Center.


2021 Gold

Essentia Health
Essentia Health, headquartered in Duluth, Minn., is an integrated health system serving patients in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and North Dakota. They serve the Itasca County area community through their facilities located in Grand Rapids and Deer River.

Members Cooperative Credit Union
MCCU is the largest credit union based north of the Twin Cities, Members in Grand Rapids offer local service, smart financial products and dynamic education programs.

Roessler & Co., Ltd.
Roessler & Co., Ltd. is a full-service accounting firm serving clients throughout the Grand Rapids and Arrowhead area, dedicated to providing our clients with professional, personalized services and guidance in a wide range of financial and business needs.

Woodland Bank
Woodland Bank is a family-owned bank with a long history in Northern Minnesota, throughout which it has remained committed to serving the needs of its communities and the vibrant economy in Itasca County.


Sponsor The Itascamazing Race

A new event in 2021, the Itascamazing Race marks the kickoff of United Way’s campaign season with a celebration of the community we live, work, and play in. Inspired by the television show The Amazing Race, this scavenger hunt will see teams of up to six people racing around the Itasca area, solving clues and completing challenges. A pre-race rally in downtown Grand Rapids will mark the start of the event, with a finish line and post-race party at a local venue. Community members, companies, and those cheering on racing teams are invited to join in on the pre- and post-race events.



Recognition as Platinum Sponsor
Option to have your place of business be a scavenger hunt destination
Reduced Itascamazing Race entry fee(s)
Promoted as a platinum sponsor in all publicity materials, including radio and television
Live radio interview
Prominent inclusion of company logo on event program, signage, and t-shirt
Name mention at event
Recognition on United Way of 1000 Lakes’ website with your logo and a link to your website



Recognition as Gold sponsor
Signage with your company name and logo at one of the scavenger hunt stops
Reduced Itascamazing Race entry fee(s)
Promoted as a gold sponsor in all publicity materials, including radio and television
Prominent inclusion of company logo on event program, signage, and t-shirt
Name mention at event
Recognition on United Way of 1000 Lakes’ website

If you’re interested in sponsoring The Itascamazing Race or another event, email or call United Way at 218-999-7570.

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