The Amazing Rush Season 1: Day Two Adventures
As promised by the Race Crew, day two was nothing short of amazing. The teams got to pet bear cubs, hold pythons, take ‘selfies’ with dinosaurs, go on a scavenger hunt with the presidents and journey to a museum with ancient relics, all in a day’s adventure. Here’s what happened on day two of The Amazing Rush.
Tossing It Up At A World-Renowned Exhibit
The second day of The Amazing Rush began with another bean bag toss—this time, at Memorial Park. Located on Rapid Creek, Memorial Park is the center of Rapid City and features one of America's largest Berlin Wall exhibits. After the game, the teams were on to the next challenge.
The Presidential Trail Continues In The City Of Presidents
“Mount Rushmore has four but we have much more.” This is the clue the teams were provided before they went on a scavenger hunt throughout the City of Presidents. This collection of life-size bronze statues is a local ongoing public art project that honors the legacy of the American presidency. It provided the perfect playground for the teams to learn fun facts about the presidents while exploring the sights of Downtown Rapid City.
Rapid City’s Original Tourist Attraction
The land of big dreams wouldn’t be complete without the largest beasts that roamed the earth. Dinosaur Park features seven life-sized dinosaurs and was built in the 1930s. Several fossils have been found in the sandstone ridge where these cartoonish statues are perched and it provides a 100-mile view of Rapid City and the surrounding area. The contestants explored the park while looking for the Mount Rushmore Mascot hiding there. Their visit to Rapid City’s original tourist attraction was complete with a quirky photo.
Watch Out Goldilocks, It's Mama, Papa And Baby Bear
The only animal missing from the team’s wild experiences can be found at Bear Country USA. This drive-through wildlife park is 200 acres and is home to 20 species of North American wildlife and the world’s largest collection of black bears. After their wild drive, the teams were given the special opportunity to snuggle one of the parks baby bear cubs.
Slithering To Another World Record Holder
After seeing the worlds largest bear collection it seemed fitting to pay a visit to the worlds largest collection of reptiles at Reptile Gardens. This favorite attraction is located seven miles from Downtown Rapid City and displays over 50,000 exotic flowers in the attraction’s botanical gardens. The two teams fed a tortoise, held a python and got to know a baby alligator ironically named Fluffy.
Journey Through The Paha Sapa
At the Journey Museum, the teams learned the history of the Paha Sapa, Lakota for the Black Hills, through sight, touch and sound. They watched a video, listened to displays and explored ancient artifacts from the last 10 thousand years at an archeological dig. These relics were left behind throughout a time when ancient hunters lived in the Black Hills, at the end of the Ice Age.
The Big Finale
The Amazing Rush ended where it all began: Downtown’s Main Street Square. The winning team gathered the puzzle pieces they had collected throughout the competition and positioned them correctly to display the message, “Do Big Things!”
As a climactic closing to Travel Rally Day, a community celebration of National Tourism Week, the winning team sprinted down the red carpet and through The Amazing Rush finish line. The team won bragging rights, a one-of-a-kind trophy and a five-night vacation in the Black Hills.
In the end however, everybody won. Both teams got to experience the adventure of a lifetime, with two days of excitement filled with cultural pursuits and iconic landmarks throughout Rapid City and the Black Hills.