WINTER PARK - Teams of competitors and individuals dressed in outlandish costumes wearing cow bells and bead necklaces overtook the streets of Winter Park this past weekend as over 600 competitors rounded the 15 different race stations of the Winter Park Wipeout.The race took competitors on an adventure around Winter Park where participants competed at a number of interesting stations, including snowmobile tows, frozen turkey shuffleboard, and hammerschlagen.One of the more popular events was the hands-free pancake eating competition, where competitors convened at the Mountain Rose Cafe to attempt to eat a pancake, complete with syrup and whipped cream, without the use of their hands, according to Shanna Lalley, an organizer of the event.Lalley commented that her favorite costume she saw was a team of Ms. Pack-Man who traveled around the town wearing shirts adorning the image of the 80's arcade icon.Great Divide Brewing Co. and Jgermeister provided the party supplies for the event, which the participants made great use of by finishing all of the beer that was available for the event. And Kwik Tec Sleds brought a slew of sleds for the competition and even handed a few out to some lucky participants.After the completion of each challenge, racers were awarded with a string of beads. For every five strings of beads that the racers collected, they were entered into a raffle that handed out some of the sweetest raffle prizes around, including one prize consisting of a season pass to Winter Park Resort, a Never Summer snowboard, and custom foot beds from Le Feet Lab. Overall, more than $6,000-worth of prizes were doled out during the raffle.The best part about this race? The proceeds of the event will go to the Mountain Family Center to help fund the Tote program, where local students on free or reduced lunch receive a "tote" full of food before the weekend so they can come back to school on Monday full of food and ready to learn."We are hoping to give them a pretty sizable donation," Lalley said.The Winter Park & Fraser Valley Rotary Club were the main organizers of the event along with a large amount of help from Winter Park Resort and the Winter Park & Fraser Valley Chamber of Commerce.The race went so well this year, there are already plans to bring back the event next year on March 29. "We are looking to next year and would love to see 1,000 people in the race next year," Lalley said. "Hands-down, seeing people in costumes was the best part," she said.
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