On Saturday , the fifth annual Captain Clueless Race for the Cup will be held on Lake Wylie with participants encouraged to dress in a superhero theme.
“It being the fifth year, we wanted to do something a little different,” said race organizer Liz McCamy. “Teams dress up anyway, and it’s easy for people to do.”
Last year, in fact, team “Avengers,” made up of April Osburn and Brian Menendez, both of Tega Cay, and Carrie Monroe and Mike Katowitz, both of Charlotte, were among 20 four-member teams participating in the race.
Katowitz said he and teammate Menendez hadn’t missed one yet.
“The camaraderie among teams by this fourth year, although competitive, we’re all friends,” he said then.
Teams take off by boat from T-bones on the Lake in staggered starts beginning about 10 a.m., depending on the number of teams, seeking 10 clues that eventually lead them back to the finish line at T-bones. Last year’s winning team finished in just under two hours. To get the clues, teams complete various tasks at lakefront properties before moving on to the next challenge.
Every year, McCamy comes up with new tasks — such as putting a large puzzle together or tossing tubes onto the toilet plunger stuck on a team members head — and finds different places for the stops.
“It’s so fun and funny to see people doing these tasks,” McCamy. “Typically, they have to sing a children’s song with someone acting it out, and that’s usually highly entertaining.
“Be prepared,” she warned. “There’s nothing crazy that I wouldn’t do. I promise it will fun.”
The winners get bragging rights and their name on the cup trophy. But the reason they do it is for one cause - to raise money for Lake Wylie Children’s Charity, a nonprofit that raises money for a local family with a child facing cancer or illness.
“People schedule their vacation around it,” McCamy said. “Even teams who finish dead last come back next year.”
This year’s benefit recipient is the family of 3-year-old Emma Rose Poplin-Revels of Fort Mill, who has been diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
“We’re trying to be heroes to these kids, so it all kind of plays in,” McCamy said of the super hero theme. “But actually the kids are the heroes. We just try to help them how we can.”
McCamy said new this year is proceeds will go through her new charity, Two Copper Coins, she formed earlier this year to help other local charities.
“What we do is help other charities and special events monetarily,” she said.
In fact, she said, her group helped with Dakota’s Spectacular Day on the Lake earlier this summer. That event invites children with cancer and their counselors to Lake Wylie for boat rides, fireworks and fun in honor of the late Dakota Gay, who died in 2009 at age 15 after battling brain cancer. Lake Wylie Children’s Charity, formerly Justin Mychals Child Cancer Benefit Concert, started to help Dakota’s family.
The cost to enter the race is $200 per team of four. Along with other money makers, including the sale of T-shirts, last year’s race raised $7,000.
“This community is incredible, and their generosity is incredible,” McCamy said. “It’s a great, great community.”
McCamy guarantees a great day to race.
“It’s the best day they’ll have on the lake all summer,” she said.
Join the 2013 Captain Clueless Race For the Cup on Saturday, Aug. 3.
Figure out the clues, find the challenge location and complete the challenge in the shortest time to win.
Kickoff event begins at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2, with rules, information and drawing for start times. Food will be provided by The Kickin Pig. Following Saturday’s race, food will be provided by Q2U.
A charity poker run will be held Sept. 21 with the main concert Sept. 29. This year’s event is helping the family of 3-year-old Emma Rose Poplin-Revels of Fort Mill, who has been diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
For more information, call 803-230-7900 or visit lkwchildrenscharity.org.