‘Real Housewives of Mukilteo’ win chamber’s 2nd Amazing Race

Some 29 two-person teams compete in 6 challenges around city
By Marie Haaland | Beacon reporter | Jul 19, 2017
Courtesy of: Kim Voetberg One of some 29 two-person teams eats haggis at The Scotsman Bistro on Saturday, July 15, in Harbour Pointe. The haggis challenge was one of six challenges in the second-annual Amazing Race Mukilteo.

Twenty-nine teams of two competed in the second-annual Amazing Race Mukilteo for a $250 grand prize on Saturday, July 15.

Organized by the Mukilteo Chamber of Commerce, the event is inspired by the CBS show, “Amazing Race.” In this version, the teams receive clues to six different challenges around the city.

Angel Miller and Kristin Boudon – competing as the “Real Housewives of Mukilteo” – took first place with a time of 1 hour and 11 minutes, beating second-place “Nacho Team” by less than minute. The third-place team, “Challenge Accepted,” finished with a time of 1 hour and 18 minutes.

The first three teams to finish the race won prizes. Awards also went to teams with the best costume and best name, as well as the team that came from farthest away.

“The challenges are varied because we have people that are very athletic, or very creative, so we need to make sure we have something that’s going to meet the needs of a wide variety of people,” said Kim Voetberg, the director of marketing and communications for the Chamber of Commerce. “So we tried to break that up into physical, mental and creative challenges.”

This year, the challenges included shelving books using the Dewey Decimal System at the Mukilteo Library, remembering items in a first-aid kit at the fire station, eating haggis at The Scotsman Bistro, scoring in a game of bubble soccer at Bella Terra, putting on clothes and exercising at Immortals Fitness Gym, and making a bridge out of spaghetti and marshmallows at the Red Cork Bistro.

There was a bonus for teams at The Scotsman Bistro; if teams answered 12 of 14 questions about Scotland correctly,15 minutes was taken off of their time.

“The actual clues that we gave people were a little obscure, so sometimes they had to Google on their phone keywords to figure out where they were,” Voetberg said. “We tried to make them not too easy to find, because if you live here you have a definite advantage over people that do not live here.”

Miller and Boudon were first-time participants. They said that while the race was nerve-wracking, it was a lot of fun.

“The library was a good team activity, because we could both kind of work on it together. The physical ones were good, too – the soccer and the Immortals,” Boudon said.

They agreed that bubble soccer was the most difficult of the six challenges.

“There’s no perception – you’re looking through plastic,” Boudon said. “You’re trying to get your foot to kick, and then you’re getting body-slammed.”

Miller said the team is “for sure” planning to participate in next year’s race.

There were 27 teams involved in last year’s race, and Voetberg hopes the event will continue to grow.

“Whenever you have a new program like this, it takes a little time to build, but once you get a year or two under your belt, you get the buzz,” she said. “People here are already saying, ‘We’re going to have our friends do it.’”

Anyone over age 18 – regardless of where you’re from – is allowed to participate, and children 16 and older are allowed to compete if they have permission from a parent.

Chamber President Julie Martin said the chamber plans to hold the event again next year with all-new challenges.

“We want to always add new things to our program,” Voetberg added, “but we don’t want people to fail, we want them to have fun. There will be a challenge, but it’ll be fun and it’ll be doable.”

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