Temecula plans to beat Lake Elsinore at Reality Rally 2020


TEMECULA – Mayor Pro Tem Maryann Edwards said she hopes to take first place at Reality Rally in May. While the city of Lake Elsinore has beaten Temecula for the past eight years in the City Cup Challenge, Edwards said she hopes to break their winning streak.

This year’s Reality Rally will take place, May 14-16.

When reality TV show, “Survivor, Gabon” star Gillian Larson was voted off the island, she said she wanted to use her platform to promote a larger issue – cancer. She decided to use her talent and platform to create Reality Rally, a three-day competition and fundraiser that supports the nonprofit organization, Michelle’s Place Cancer Resource Center, in Temecula.

“We have cities from all over the valley come to the competition,” Larson said, including Perris, Lake Elsinore, Menifee, Murrieta, Temecula and Wildomar.

Joan Hoover, Reality Rally team relations directors said organizers would love to see Temecula win again.

The Saturday main event features the Reality Rally “Amazing Race” style competition put on every year by Larson, Hoover and several hundred volunteers. Each competing team consists of three individuals and one reality star. According to the event’s website, the teams compete in challenges all around Old Town Temecula put on by various local organizations. The challenges can be mental, physical or just silly in nature, but the challenges are designed so all can play.

The reality stars in attendance come from “Big Brother,” “Survivor” and other popular reality TV shows. Each reality star must raise money for Michelle’s Place to attend Reality Rally.

Hundreds of volunteers from the Inland Empire come together to help with the competition setup, as well as host games during the race.

In addition, the event offers games, prizes and a “crazy fun lip-sync showdown,” Larson said. The Evening of Entertainment is held at Wilson Creek Winery, and the Lip-sync Showdown is held at South Coast Winery.

Larson said she is amazed with the hard work of every individual each year.

“Temecula is the place to do the event,” she said.

While it is a game, participants are eager to raise money for Michelle’s Place and go above and beyond to help, Larsen said. From handling snakes to making pizzas, volunteers are excited to help.

The goal of Reality Rally is to create inclusiveness, creativity, community appeal and countrywide participation.

Over $100,000 is raised each year for Michelle’s Place to provide cancer patients with transportation to doctor’s appointments, support services, financial services and more.

Anyone can participate by visiting www.realityrally.com and signing up to compete as an individual or with a team. Those who are interested can volunteer or donate directly to Michelle’s Place at www.michellesplace.org.