Amazing Race draws 45 teams

SOMC’s first ever Amazing Race drew 45 teams, each competing for the chance to win $2,500.

They faced challenges that ranged from completing a fast food order and changing a tire to solving cryptograms and guessing calorie content. Local sponsors included YEI, Shawnee State University, American Savings Bank, Glockner and Schmidt Family Restaurants.

“The team at SOMC put together another community-wide event that really showcased what Portsmouth has to offer,” Tim Glockner of Glockner Enterprises said. “We were excited to co-sponsor alongside the very best in healthcare, education, banking, dining and cutting-edge technology; all for a great cause.

“I truly see the Amazing Race evolving into a much larger event while raising awareness for the SOMC Development Foundation and its mission to satisfy our community’s health and wellness needs.”

The first-place team was the Super Troopers, who finished with a total time of one hour and three minutes. They were followed by the GOAL Diggers in second and RCC in third. The SOMC Development Foundation developed the event and all proceeds went towards its Health and Wellness Fund, which supports health and wellness opportunities in the community.

“Our sponsors did a great job of coming up with a series of creative, challenging tasks,” Wendi Waugh, director of SOMC Community Health and Wellness, said. “They made this event unique, and those that competed made it a success.”

A total of $5,000 in prizes – donated by the event’s sponsors – were distributed. For more information, visit