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Road Rally enters its 37th year on the island

By Staff | Jun 29, 2016

The Sanibel-Captiva Optimist Club. Dan Alton, John Jones, Tyler Lloyd, Richard McCurry, Randy Carson, Stan Howard, Mark Steger, Marit Hansen and Mark O’Brien. ASHLEY GOODMAN

One of the longest running events on Sanibel will have participants on a wild goose chase this Fourth of July.

The Road Rally was originally started in 1979. The Sanibel-Captiva Optimist Club took it over from the chamber of commerce in 1997, according to Stan Howard, a committee member.

“It was originally started prior to the city getting incorporated because there was no parade, so it gave the community something to do,” Howard said. “We took it on to continue the tradition.”

The Road Rally will be held Monday, at noon, at Timbers Restaurant, 703 Tarpon Bay Road.

A list of over 130 questions will be given to participants that will take them on a hunt around the island. Teams are made up of a driver, navigator and someone who writes down the answers. Participants will have two and a half hours to complete the course. A 50/50 raffle will also be available.

Richard McCurry, vice president cautions that this is not a race.

“If you get a ticket you’re disqualified because we encourage people to follow the law,” McCurry said.

Registration forms can be picked up at the Sanibel Cafe, Bailey’s General Store and the Sanibel-Captiva Community Bank. The fee is $35 per vehicle. Individuals can sign up as late as the morning of the Road Rally.

An afterglow party will be held following the event.

Winners will be awarded based on their correct answers, the time it took them to finish the scavenger hunt and how many miles they drove to find the answers.

First, second and third places will be awarded, according to Randy Carson, Sanibel-Captiva Optimist Club Road Rally master.

First place will receive a three-day, two-night stay at Tween Waters Inn on Captiva for four people. Second place will receive a $100 gift certificate to Floral Artistry and a $50 gift certificate to Timbers. Third place will receive a $100 gift certificate to Floral Artistry and a free pitcher of beer a month for a year courtesy of the Lazy Flamingo restaurant. Last place gets free entry for next year.

Awards will also be given out for best decorated vehicle.

Last year, the Road Rally had 40 teams participate. They were able to raise over $10,000.

“This year, our goals are much higher and the committee has raised more money,” Howard said.

All proceeds from the rally provide funds for the local Sanibel-Captiva Optimist Club’s college scholarships.

For more information about the rally, contact Randy Carson at (239) 699-8739 or visit sancapoptimist.org.