With 13 local Southwest Riverside business organizations having committed to Reality Rally 2015, founder Gillian Larson took a moment to review just what goes into setting up each activity, challenge, and checkpoint along the way.
Reality Rally is a reality star celebrity race through Old Town Temecula, where teams plot their own course and compete to be first through preassigned challenge checkpoints.
“Each organization is finalizing their challenge for the big race,” Larson said. Like the reality show, “Amazing Race,” the Reality Rally game has an international flavor.
Individual businesses decide how their challenge will work, planning them out, and then run the plan by Larson for the thumbs-up. The organizations, such as the Old Town Temecula Gunfighters, will man their checkpoint, and run the challenges, and even judge the event, according to Larson.
“The Old Town Gunfighters have 45 members participating this year,” Larson said. “They’re pretty spectacular with all that they do for us.” At the start of the 2015 Reality Rally competition, the Old Town Gunfighters also lead a big part in starting the show.
“At approximately 10 a.m., after the opening ceremony, each team will receive a clue during the gunfighter sequence, telling them what to do,” Larson said. “With this year’s theme, all events will look to the future, or back to the past. Teams can choose their own route through the stations, picking their best way through.”
Knowledge of Old Town Temecula is helpful, according to Larson. With challenges ranging from silly, to physical, to strategic, teams will need to have all four members present in order to complete their challenge and receive a token.
“Even if the teams choose to have one or two members compete at an event, all four have to be together the entire time through the race,” Larson said.
In keeping with “Amazing Race,” Reality Rally maintains an international flavor.
“Europa Village Winery is one of our more international flavored challenge stations. Their challenge takes place at Palomar Inn, in Old Town and gives that true international feeling to the game, and provides a showcase for the Italian wines of Europa Village, as well,” Larson said.
While some themes and games will be familiar for returning reality stars, others are new or have had a change of venue.
“The Temecula Theater Challenge Checkpoint has relocated this year to the Mary Philips Senior Center,” Larson explained, “due to the Old Town Temecula Community Theater’s restoration project.”
The theater’s challenge includes each team’s dressing in costume, doing a performance in front of entertainment industry judges, such as Temecula Valley Players Patti Drew.
“We’ve had the teams do Shakespeare before, and other things,” Drew said, “The theater challenge always is a lot of fun for the game.”
In another new challenge, the Temecula Valley International Film Festival—with special appearances by Kiersten Meyers—will challenge teams with making a movie on the fly.
As a former nurse, Larson has ensured that there are mobile Emergency Management Services people available for every team.
“Our EMS people will be roaming the challenge field, if someone needs a Band-Aid, water, or even an AED, we have a critical incident protocol that our teams will follow,” Larson said.
The teams who fundraise over $4,000 will receive a U-Turn certificate enabling teams to skip a challenge if the line is too long, or to use to make up valuable lost time.
“The ‘Start to Finish’ volunteers will verify that every team gets checked in, and that every team turns in all of their tokens, ending with the introduction to the Watson family at City Hall.”
Once finished, then it will be determined who is the Reality Rally winner. According to Larson, the city of Temecula is the biggest winner of all.
“One of the key elements of Reality Rally is that it highlights the best of Temecula, California to those who ordinarily might not make their way here. We want to draw revenue into our community, to support Michelle’s Place Breast Cancer Resource Center, and have teams and out of town guests learn what an amazing place Temecula is,” Larson said.
Other participating organizations include the Temecula Farmers’ Market, St. Jeanne de Lestonnac School, Temecula Valley Museum, Vail Ranch Historical Society, Viva Vino, Pennypickle’s Workshop—Temecula’s Childrens Museum, Urban Adventure, Zultimate Karate, Temecula Stampede, and 3rd Street Smokehouse.
Reality Rally 2015 takes place April 10-11. For more information on 2015’s Reality Rally, visit www.RealityRally.com.