June 28, 2014 12:46 pm
Updated: June 28, 2014 7:58 pm

Race and urban scavenger hunt for BC Lung Association kicks off this morning


More than 300 people are set to gather in Vancouver this morning to partake in a unique fundraising event that is one part race and one part scavenger hunt.

It’s the BC Lung Association’s RUSH fundraising event, which consists of teams of two getting clues to finding checkpoint challenges in and around downtown Vancouver. No small feat for participants as each team must complete 10 challenges within a six-hour limit.

The challenges are meant to push participants outside their comfort zone. Last year’s event had challenges that ranged from a 50-foot slip and slide, to having them do some dog training, to having to go on a rollercoaster at Playland, according to Chris Lam from the Lung Association.

Regardless of how tough the challenges prove to be, the payoff is huge with the grand prize being a trip for two around the world.

Each RUSH team must fundraise a minimum of $200 to help fight lung disease. In the last three years, the RUSH event has raised $300,000 and this year’s goal is $75,000.

The race starts at Jack Poole Plaza and runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today.

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