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Fifth-graders Justin Chin and Elijah Geer gear up for Glenwood Park Elementary School's Amazing Race in downtown Fort Wayne on Friday morning.

An amazing race on in downtown Fort Wayne

By Kelsey McDonald
Students listen intently to the tasks at hand for Glenwood Park Elementary School's Amazing Race in downtown Fort Wayne on Friday morning.

A surge of yellow T-shirts with the Glenwood Park Elementary School logo filled Friemann Square on Friday as fifth-graders from the school began their first Amazing Race. Throughout the day, the group could be spotted all over downtown Fort Wayne, exploring places that held "historical significance," said Jen Barney, their teacher and leader of the expedition.

The day included various downtown locations such as the Fort Wayne Art Museum, Coney Island, Fire Station 1 and Parkview Field. James Medical donated a motorized scooter to ensure that everyone could participate.

Barney, a fan of CBS’s "The Amazing Race," was first inspired to bring the idea to her students while on Fort Wayne Walking Tours. She said that as a teacher, it was very important for her to “get the kids out to see beyond the classroom.” Students will find out the winners of their race during their fifth-grade graduation ceremony.