XRACE is a family mystery adventure race where parent and child must work together to complete 10 mystery challenges, beat the clock and all the other family teams and try to come out on top.
Here is what makes XRACE so awesome - teams are made up of a parent and child aged 6-14, you must race together side-by-side.
XRACE is like a giant board game brought to life - think The Amazing Race meets Monopoly.
The best part about XRACE is that it is totally inclusive. Challenges are a combination of physical, technical, mental and creative. There are sections your child will excel in and sections you must work together.
You don't even need to be super-fit or sporty to excel at XRACE. It’s your choice whether you run or walk your way around the course. All you need to do is be prepared for the best family bonding experience ever.
Last year, in Orewa, 44-year-old Gary Stevens teamed up with his 9 year-old son Callum. 10 mystery challenges lay ahead for this father-son team.
The teammates left the start line at 2:16 p.m. and located their first challenge minutes later - “the blindfold challenge”. Here, Gary was blindfolded and had to navigate a tricky obstacle course with only his sons’ voice for guidance.
Next, Gary and Callum had to work together to create a bag out of duct tape.
Another challenge saw the teammates test their musical and movie knowledge. Click here to have a go at last season's challenge.
You see, XRACE is a race but isn't really. It’s about creating the most amazing moments you could possibly share with your son or daughter. Here is what XRACE really is.
"We want to create shared, magical experiences and leave indelible memories. We want to strengthen the bond between parents and children. We want to challenge our kids so that their self-esteem rockets".
XRACE has physical elements but is as competitive as your team wants to make it. The fastest team isn't necessarily made up of fast runners. Last year, the mums nailed the Duct Tape Challenge and the dads struggled; the big dads were stronger in the Tug-O-War and the nimble-fingered kids cleaned up on the Loom Band Challenge.
And, if you can’t race, you are welcome to deputise a trusted Uncle or Auntie or even Poppa! Here's one super proud granddad getting his face painted by his granddaughter. XRACE is inclusive.
Here are your next steps. Organise your team and then register for one of the 15 local XRACE events around New Zealand.
Check out the event information to get right up to speed. After that, make sure you like us on Facebook or subscribe to our emails so that you we can stay in touch.
We look forward to seeing you in the start house at your local XRACE.
(Seen here racing Nippers with his grandson Cody)