About The Race

The Salvation Army’s Most Amazing Race is an annual city-wide challenge race held in and around Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on a Saturday each Fall. Patterned after the CBS show “The Amazing Race,” this Most Amazing Race combines challenges that are physical (kayaking, running, rock climbing), mental (puzzle solving, strategizing), and sometimes even silly (singing, eating contests), which scatters teams of two all over Pittsburgh in an effort to win their share of the $5,000 cash prize pool! Fantastic prizes are also awarded to the Top Fundraising teams.

From the starting line, teams are given a clue leading them to another checkpoint and they must successfully complete challenges—following clues—until they reach the end of the race. The conclusion of the race involves a check presentation to the winning team as well as prizes to other top performing teams. Teams must raise funds to benefit The Salvation Army’s youth programming in order to qualify for the race, and are awarded advantages in the race and great prizes for being among the top fundraisers.

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Race Day Agenda for Saturday, August 27th

7:30 a.m. -Registration begins at Sheraton Station Square, at 300 W Station Square Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15219

8:10 a.m. -MANDATORY pre-race meeting at the Fountain at Bessemer Court – PROMPTLY AT 8:10, DON’T BE LATE!

8:30 a.m. -Race begins! (PROMPTLY at exactly 8:30 a.m.)

Think you have to be a marathon runner to participate in The Most Amazing Race? Think again!

It certainly helps to be in decent shape, but you can have an AMAZING time doing fun and sometimes even silly challenges… all you have to be is adventurous enough to try something new. You won’t regret it!



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    • What prizes can my team win?
      • 1st Place Finishing Team   – $2,500 Cash
      • 2nd Place Finishing Team – $1,000 Cash
      • 3rd Place Finishing Team  – $750 Cash
      • 4th Place Finishing Team  – $500
      • 5th Place Finishing Team   –  $250

      All racers and volunteers will receive a commemorative race T Shirt

Top Fundraiser Awards:
Prize packages with values ranging from several hundred to over $1,500 will be provided for our top five fundraising teams, with the 1st place fundraiser receiving their first choice of the packages available, 2nd place gets 2nd choice, etc. These packages will include such things as spa certificates, weekend stays at luxury hotels, sporting event tickets, cultural event tickets, retail and restaurant gift certificates, etc.
Each team raising $1,000 and over will be rewarded with 10% of the amount raised as a credit towards next year’s event. i.e. – Raise $2,700 and your team will have a credit of $270 to start next year, which automatically qualifies you. Team name must remain the same, but one member can be substituted in 2016.
Each team raising $1,000 or more will also be invited guests of The Salvation Army to our Annual Doing The Most Good Dinner in November. This is one of the premier events in the Pittsburgh area, featuring a prominent keynote speaker and recognizing outstanding members of the Pittsburgh community.
See below for race advantages for Top Fundraisers.
  • How do I register for the race?
    You can click on any of the registration buttons, which will lead you to an online registration process. An e-mail confirmation of your registration will be sent to you as well as to The Salvation Army. From there, you will receive any important information and updates regarding the race by e-mail.
  • What is the entry fee for the race?
    Your team must commit at least $250 in funds in order to participate. You do not need to pay a “registration fee” for the race, but many people upon registration choose to make a donation to their team in order to get the fundraising started.
  • How does the fundraising process work?
    Once you complete the registration process, you will see prompts to create an individual and/or team page. You can upload photos and edit text to personalize your page(s). Then you can send e-mail to your friends, family and coworkers directing them to your personal page and asking them for donations.
  • How Do People Donate to Me or My Team?
  • They can donate online either by a link you provide to them or by searching for your team name or your name. We accept Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express.
  • If someone prefers to give you cash or a check, that amount can be entered in the system, but will not show up as part of your total until the funds are received and credited by The Salvation Army. To send in off-line donations, please make sure to indicate the name(s) and email address(es) of the donors. If the donor has no email address, please include a mailing address so that we can send their receipt.

Mail checks or money orders to: The Salvation Army of WPA – Attn: Lauren Brant – 700 North Bell Avenue, Carnegie PA 15106. PLEASE NOTE: In order for off-line donations to count towards your total for starting position, they must be received in The Salvation Army office by Noon on Tuesday, August 23, 2016.

    • Will my donors receive a tax-deducible receipt for their donation?
      Yes. Any donation made online to The Salvation Army will receive an electronic tax receipt directly in their e-mail. This is immediate. All check and cash donations will also receive a tax receipt within a few days of receipt at our Divisional Headquarters office in Carnegie, PA.
    • What benefits are there for fundraising raising more money than the minimum?
      Aside from the goodwill and impact your added donations will have to support The Salvation Army, your team will receive several advantages within the race, such as:

      • Eligibility for GREAT prizes and awards to the top 10 fundraising teams (see Prize information above)
      • Teams will be lined up according to their fundraising level at the beginning of the race.
      • The top 10 fundraising teams will receive a “head start” at the beginning of the race.
      • The top fundraising teams will receive a “Fast Forward” that will enable them to skip one challenge during the race
    • How many teams will be accepted for the race?
      We can accept only the top 50 fundraising teams as determined by the total amount of money raised by the fundraising deadline (to be announced).
    • How many challenges will be a part of the race?
      We estimate about 12 – 15 challenges.
    • How much time will it take to complete this year’s race?
      That depends on your team’s ability to successfully complete challenges! Typically, we estimate 5 – 6 hours including a concluding ceremony and party.
    • Will there be any team eliminations as in the TV show?
      Yes. There may be timed eliminations throughout the race, which means if your team has not reached a certain challenge location or completed a certain task by the time indicated on your clue, your team will be eliminated. This is due to certain constraints we may have while using public or private space (i.e., restaurants, retail locations).
    • Is this race a physical or mental test of ability?
      Both! This event incorporates physical skill elements, such as running, kayaking, rock climbing, combined with creative and/or mental skills, such as singing, dancing, puzzle solving, fact finding or eating strange foods. In addition, we will incorporate features of The Salvation Army, which will educate you on what we do in the community.
    • What kind of training would you suggest to increase my team’s chances?
      Due to the “mystery” of the race challenges, training for this race is unlike any other. But since this race focuses on fun, so should your training. Here are some tips:

      • Since this race is completed in teams of two, you should consider training with your partner.
      • Take long walks or runs with your teammate to build up your physical condition. If you have ever completed a 5K competition, this is a good marker of your stamina.
      • Some of this race is also completed on mass transit (Port Authority of Allegheny County), so familiarizing yourself with bus schedules and how the system works is wise.
      • This race requires teams to work together to problem solve, so work together on all types of puzzles—but be sure to raise the pressure level by using a clock and establishing time limits since this is what will happen in the race.
    • What type of clothing would you suggest for race day?
      Check the weather first so you can adjust to what would be appropriate and comfortable for race day. A definite must is comfortable running shoes and workout apparel (shorts, sports tops, possibly a light jacket).
    • I’ve heard a lot of talk about this race being fun. How can a race be “fun”?
      This race is unique. It’s not a marathon, relay match, or just your average scavenger hunt. As much as possible, we try to format the race to the TV show “The Amazing Race” where challenges are varied and teamwork is essential to be successful. We aim to incorporate elements of our beautiful city (Pittsburgh) and The Salvation Army for a fun and unique experience—while raising much-needed funds for children and youth.
    • How difficult is this race to complete?
      Some challenges for some teams are a breeze to complete; but others are far more challenging. That’s why it takes teamwork to be successful. It requires physical and mental skill.


  • A minimum of $250 per team is required to qualify for the race. The top 50 fundraising teams will gain entry to the race. The more money raised for The Salvation Army, the better the starting position your team will have at the starting line.
  • Only teams of 2 can participate in the race.
  • Your team must register on this site and commit the funds by the deadline. Funds can be contributed online, by check or as cash.
  • Your team must be 18 years of age or older to participate in the race.
  • Your team must be in good physical health to participate in the race.
  • All participants must sign a waiver of liability in order to participate.

Race Challenges

Race challenges tests your physical and mental capability during a variety of tasks. Running and walking will be required at times to get to different locations, if transportation is not completely available by the Port Authority of Allegheny County. Kayaking, rock climbing, swimming and food eating challenges have all been included in previous events.

Length of Course

The length of the course varies from year to year and averages around 15 miles, a lot of which has been covered with public transportation. We will announce this information for this year’s event as it gets closer to the actual event. This represents the total amount distance the race covers, which can be completed by using various approved transportation modes as well as running and walking.

DISCLAIMER: No participant can win the grand prize in The Most Amazing Race race in more than 3 consecutive events. Prize winners are responsible for any taxes associated with prizes won in The Most Amazing Race. Event organizers reserve the right to change deadlines. Prizes subject to change.