Community Calendar

SOMC continues Amazing Race

By Caleb Howard

Scioto County Candor

Southern Ohio Medical Center (SOMC) will be hosting their annual Amazing Race. This event will be held on April 21, with staggered start times expected to start at 8 a.m. Participants should report to the SOMC LIFE Center at 1202 18th Street in Portsmouth and must be in teams of no more than four. All participants must also be at least 10 years or older. Team captains must be 18 years of age or older. All participants will be required to sign a waiver the day of the event; participants under the age of 18 must have a parent or legal guardian present to sign a waiver.

SOMC’s Amazing Race is designed to be a fun and challenging event, testing both mental and physical ability. There will be six challenges throughout the City of Portsmouth. Each sponsor will have their own unique challenge. According to Brad Zeiber, Manager of Performance Training at SOMC, challenges in the recent years include running through Shawnee State University’s (SSU) campus looking for placards on the buildings, as well as identifying car parts and changing a flat tire at Glockner Family of Dealerships in Portsmouth. SOMC also held their own challenge in which participants had to diagnose mock-patients and find the proper equipment to treat the patient.

Teams will be competing for a chance to win up to $2,500. 1st place prize will be $2,500, 2nd place prize will be $1,500, and 3rd place will be $1,000; additional prizes and awards will be given out. After the race, there will be a award ceremony at Buffalo Wild Wings located at 1611 Chillicothe Street in Portsmouth.

Team captains should register their teams by the April 15 registration deadline. This can be done at From now through March 31, the registration price will be $135. The price will raise to $150 for any teams registering after March 31. Team captains will receive an email a week prior to the event date with their staggered start time. Teams should arrive 30 minutes prior their start time to go over the rules and regulations. Teams will not be timed in between challenges.

In passed years, between 40 and 50 teams participated in this event. Proceeds from the event will benefit the SOMC Development Foundation Community Health and Wellness Fund. According to Zeiber, this fund has been used to meet various community needs including being used to buy CPR equipment for local schools. This fund has also been used to set up a nine hole disk golf course at Earl Thomas Conley Park in West Portsmouth.

Teams who will be participating are encouraged to get creative with their team names and outfits. For more information on this event, contact Brad Zeiber. Zeiber can be contacted at (740) 356-7572 or by email at