Get to know New West in a hurry!

Think you know New West? Want to learn more about the city? Register now for Quest New West!

On May 11th, New Westminster will go high speed. 

QuestNewWest_logoThat’s because Quest New West, a car-free, team-based race across the city kicks off for its inaugural event. Participants will complete a series of challenges and follow clues around the city for their chance to win a $500 cash prize in the event.

The event is being brought to the city by NEXT New West in partnership with Tourism New Westminster and Downtown New Westminster Business Improvement Area and is being organized by a small group of volunteers, made up on local residents and business owners (like me!).
“We’re excited to bring this amazing race to New Westminster,” says Tej Kainth, founder of NEXT New West and Executive Director of Tourism New Westminster. “It’s going to be a fun-filled day for the whole community.”
The morning will feature a short and easy race from 9:00 a.m. to noon for families with young children. Though the family race participants are not eligible for the $500 prize, there will be giveaways for all participants and the registration fee is just $25 per family. Using clues with trivia, math, and activities that feature endurance, strength, and smarts, this is a perfect way to work together as a family and get out and enjoy our city. Plus, we know families come in all sizes and shapes – so if you define yourself as a family, you’re in! 
From 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., teams of 2-4 adults will race across the city in a faster, more challenging event that will put them to the test physically and mentally for their chance to win a $500 cash prize. The cost for the adult event is $25 a person. “Quest New West is a great chance to highlight many of our city’s businesses and organizations,” says Kendra Johnston, Executive Director at Downtown New Westminster BIA. “We’re looking forward to exposing residents and visitors to some of the great things happening across New Westminster.”
Like so many other great community events, this one is happening because many local businesses are stepping up to be a part of this fun day. While we are keeping the specific activities a secret, businesses like Hawkes Martial Arts, The Stage New Westminster, New West Cycle, New West Artists, and graphic designer Johanna Bartels (who donated our logo design) are a small sample of the businesses supporting the race in various ways – without businesses like them we couldn’t put this great event on – so please make sure you support them and thank them for their efforts.
The day will conclude with a wrap-up party at Wild Rice, and regular readers will know how much we here at Tenth love that place. 
To register or fore more info, check out the details on the eventbrite page: questnewwest2013.eventbrite.ca.

Jen Arbo

Jen Arbo is the editor and co-publisher of Tenth to the Fraser. She's been writing for the site since 2007 and lives in Sapperton with her family. A project manager at heart, she also operates Hyack Interactive, a digital communications company. Find her on Twitter or Instagram.

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2 comments

    1. Hi John, sorry for not getting back to you – this comment got stuck in a folder and I missed it. The $25 covered the cost of the t shirt the participants received, and the fees we had to pay to Eventbrite, as well as part of the cash prize. All of the rest of the expenses and prizes were donated.

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