Monday, February 12, 2007

The Seventh Leg of the Race

Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to the seventh leg of the Amazing Mutant Race 3. Last week we saw our seven teams travel to Asgard where they had to survive a drinking contest with Volstagg, a poker game with Loki and/or a battle with Storm Giants. Managing to be the first to reach the Pit Stop at the magnificent Rainbow Bridge were Jon, the Intergalactic Gladiator and the Amazing Nightcrawler. This is the third victory for Jon and Kurt.

As the winners, they get to choose one other team to Yield. A Yield forces that team to delay their start time by one hour. Jon and Kurt must select the picture of the person they wish to Yield and place it on the board.

The last team to arrive was Henchman and Elixir. As always, the last team to arrive is eliminated.

This leg of the race starts on Bifrost, the Rainbow Bridge that connects Asgard to Earth. From the bridge, the legendary God of Thunder, Thor, shall transport the teams in the order in which they arrived to Komaki, Japan where the annual fertility festival is about to start.

Are you feeling lucky? Once in the village, the teams must race to the Shinto temple, Tagata Jinja. There they will face their Roadblock for this leg of the race. A Roadblock is a challenge only one member of a team may perform.

The racer selected must don traditional Shinto priestly
garb and lead the fertility festival goers in an original prayer. The purpose of the prayer is to call down the blessings of the divine spirits upon the people of the village. The prayer will be translated by one of the actual temple ministers.

If at least five of the festival goers shout some form of amen at the conclusion of the prayer, then that task will be completed. However, if they don’t, then the racer must make a new prayer.

Once the Roadblock is complete, the teams will then receive their Detour. A Detour is a choice between two tasks, each with its own pros and cons. Teams must successfully complete one of the tasks described on the clue. In this Detour, the teams must choose between To Be or Not To Be.

In To Be, the teams must design an appropriate float to celebrate the spirit of fertility and march it through the parade. At the end, the review committee will rate the entries. The teams must receive at least 6 out of 10 points for promoting the theme of the festival.


In Not To Be, the teams must build a shrine to the divine spirits and ancestors of the people of the village that commemorates their place of honor in the community. The head Shinto Priest for the village must be satisfied as to the shrine’s appropriateness. If he blesses the shrine, then that task is complete.


Once the Detour has been accomplished, the teams must then make their way by train to the Nagoya Station and then by taxi to the Pit Stop for this leg of the race, which is at the Nagoya Hilton. As always, the last team to arrive will be eliminated.

Posts are due by Saturday, 8pm.


Blogger Gyrobo said...

Wiggly woop! I'll go consult my Japanese ambassador for to understand with betterness the localities!

9:51 PM  
Blogger Paula Abdrool said...

I love fertility!!

2:07 PM  
Blogger A Army Of (Cl)One said...

Prayers of fertility? You know who is writting these? Right. Just wanted you to have plenty of warning!


7:11 PM  

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