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Team up for the Dammen Adventure Race; Supports mentorship at Nature Center

The second annual Dammen Adventure Race at the Jay C. Hormel Nature Center will be held on Saturday, July 13 – but those expecting any extreme athletic demands are going to be surprised.

The race, which raises funds for the Kevin Dammen Mentorship Program, hosts a variety of fun, nature-themed challenges – think TV’s “Amazing Race” – and welcomes all comers, ages 6 to adult.

The challenges are kept secret until the race begins at 9 a.m., so that no one has a pre-race advantage, said Adrianna Meiergerd, a former mentee and today a summer administrative assistant.

“It’s all part of the surprise,” she said.

Office manager Julie Champlin agreed, saying the emphasis “is to have fun.”

Participants work in teams. Divisions include age 6-9 and an adult; age 10-13 and an adult; age 14-17 and an adult; age 14-17 (two youth); and two adults.

Deadline for pre-registration is at 1 p.m. on Friday, July 12, when cost is $25 per person; after July 12, cost is $30. Race-day registration begins at 8 a.m. T-shirts are also available.

Prizes are awarded for first and second place in each division and an awards ceremony follows.

Proceeds help fund the Kevin Dammen Mentorship Program, which allows the center to provide outdoor activities while providing mentees’ valuable work experience in outdoor education.

Geoff Baker gives the atlatl a go as he and his wife Diane Baker took part in the Dammen Adventure Race last year. Herald file photo