Ready, set, and GO GREAT RACE TODAY in STL!

greatraceposter4modesToday at 4:30 p.m., four teams will race from Downtown St. Louis to Clayton as a part of Citizens for Modern Transit’s Great Race II.  Designed to play off the CBS television hit, “The Amazing Race,” the race will place Team TRANSIT, Team BIKE, Team CARSHARE and Team CARPOOL in a head-to-head competition to see which transportation mode can travel from downtown St. Louis to Clayton the fastest.

What’s so great about the Great Race ? The Great Race not only highlights the great options for travel in St. Louis for work or play, it demonstrates that their are great partnerships in  St. Louis to promote a more sustainable, livable, and healthy St. Louis.   While many of you are waiting to see which team comes huffing across the finish line, the race does demonstrate that all of these modes add a healthy and active component to your work day that might not have been there before – whether you are walking to transit or a carshare vehicle, meeting up with your carpooler partners across downtown or biking straight home or to transit. Each mode is a great example of getting healthy while helping to make our air healthy too.  Participation in the race has more than doubled this year over the first race last year.

The race is set for TODAY, Thursday, May 30. It will get underway at 4:30 p.m. at the Laurel Apartments, 622 North 7th Street (corner of Lucas Ave. and 7th Street), St. Louis, MO 63101 in Downtown St. Louis, Mo RAIN or SHINE. with Mayor Slay kicking off the race, and finish at the Fortel’s Pizza Den located at 7359 Forsyth Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63105 with a community celebration.

The teams are growing with more and more St. Louis media celebrities and others getting on board.  We have created a Facebook page for Citizens for Modern Transit’s Great Race II. It can be accessed at www.Facebook.com/GreatRaceII.

We would like to extend a special thank you to all of our sponsors, including the St. Louis Regional Clean Air Partnership, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Metro, Great Rivers Greenway, RideFinders, STL Style. The Laurel, St. CLair County Transit District and the Fortel’s Pizza  Den in University City/Clayton.

Thanks again for your support. Come out and celebrate with us at Fortel’s Pizza Den in Clayton.  This event is going to be GREAT!