‘The Amazing Race’ meets ‘Survivor’ in Lowell — and it’s all for charity
LOWELL — Ever worn a bologna mask? Careened down a 200-foot Slip and Slide covered in chocolate syrup and soap bubbles? Kissed a dog’s um … hindquarters?
No? Well, then you’ve never participated in SmithFest.
“It is like a mix of The Amazing Race, Survivor and the craziest scavenger hunt you could ever imagine,” Fred Smith, 31, says of the massive, one-day extravaganza that last year raised $5,000 for Kids in Disability Sports.
This year, the event, scheduled for Oct. 1 at Lowell Memorial Auditorium, will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Massachusetts and Rhode Island, and Families of Spinal Muscular Atrophy.
The latter is in honor of Coby Kulis, the 5-month-old son of Dave and Lori Kulis of Methuen who died of the devastating motor neuron disease earlier his year. SMA is the number-one genetic killer of children under the age of 2, affecting 1 in every 6,000 babies.
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