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 From left, tooth fairies Shelley Coltman, of Shelby Township;  Clare Eatmon, of Macomb Township; Anna Petrovski, of Ray Township; and Susan Gurne, of Shelby Township, fill out registration forms for the Oct. 26 rally at Grant Park in Utica. The women all work at the same dental office.

From left, tooth fairies Shelley Coltman, of Shelby Township; Clare Eatmon, of Macomb Township; Anna Petrovski, of Ray Township; and Susan Gurne, of Shelby Township, fill out registration forms for the Oct. 26 rally at Grant Park in Utica. The women all work at the same dental office.

File photo by Brandy Baker


Second themed road rally to be held in Utica in March

By: Kara Szymanski | Shelby - Utica News | Published January 20, 2020

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SHELBY TOWNSHIP — If you’re looking for a little competition and some fun along the way, then you will want to check out the second road rally competition that the Woman’s Life Chapter 911 will be hosting in March.

“We are so excited to announce our second photo road rally! Planning this kind of event takes time, and now I have to step it up, as a lot of the teams are ready for another one,” Lynn Karnes, the Woman’s Life Chapter 911 president, said in an email.

This time, the theme of the road rally is “Shamrocks and Shenanigans” and will include new clues, new photos and a new time. The previous road rally took place in October and had a Halloween theme.

“After surveying many teams, we changed the event times, as it was very dark, rainy, and it was difficult for some teams to maneuver around in a safe manner,” said Karnes.

The road rally consists of participants receiving an envelope filled with clues that they must use to figure out the next tasks to complete.

Some tasks may be taking a picture of something, figuring out puzzles or asking a stranger to do something. Each task is scored with points. The team with the most points at the end wins.

“Nineteen Mile to 26 Mile (roads) from Ryan to Hayes (roads) are the perimeters for this photo road rally,” said Karnes.

Participants will be asked to bring some items to help them complete the rally.

The items will include a smartphone, a green ink pen, a pencil, a highlighter, a flashlight, a $5 bill, paper and a ruler. Participants should be sure to wear comfortable shoes.

Food and drinks will be available.

The event will take place rain or snow at 3 p.m. March 8 at the old Kmart parking lot at 23 Mile Road and Van Dyke Avenue.

“Cars can have a max of six (people) as long as there are safety belts for everyone,” said Karnes.

Registration will begin at 2:15 p.m., and the road rally will start at 3 p.m. The goal is to be at the ending location by 5:45 p.m.

There will be first, second and third place cash prizes awarded to the team with the most points. Teams need to be back by 5:45 p.m., or five points will be deducted for each minute after.

Participants who bring a hygiene item for the group’s new hygiene pantry will get five minutes shaved off their total.

In addition, those who wear St. Patrick’s Day costumes will get an additional 91 points added to their score.

The cost to participate in the road rally is $10 per person, and those who prepay before the 28th will be entered in a drawing for a $25 visa gift card.

Everyone is welcome to join in on the competition.

All participants must pay and preregister by Feb. 28, and no new teams will be allowed on the day of the event.

“The funds from this fundraiser will go into our account so that when we hear someone who has had a house fire, medical bill, or emergency one-time financial hardship, we can help!” said Karnes.

Becky Livernois, of Sterling Heights, said she participated in the first road rally back in October with her mom and dad, and everyone had a great time figuring out the clues.

“The Woman’s Life Road Rally last October was so much fun. … I took my mom and dad with us and they, too, had a great time. It kinda helped having a few age ranges when it came to the clues. And what event isn’t complete without a cocktail at the end? I got my reservation for the next one!” Livernois said in an email.

Lynn Rosik, of Sterling Heights, also took part in the road rally in October and had a blast figuring out the clues. Rosik was part of a group that dressed up as characters from “Scooby-Doo.”

“What a fantastic time we had. Lynn had really great clues. … Some took a little bit of thinking. It was such a well organized road rally. The best part was that the money you spent to enter with went for a great cause,” Rosik said in an email.

For more information on the event, call (586) 604-6907 or email WL911macombangels@gmail.com.

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