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RHINELANDER — Youíve got to sit down for this race. Itís time to go couch racing.

The YMCA of the Northwoods is organizing Rhinelanderís first ever Couch Potato Race, which will take place in downtown Rhinelander during the Downtown Rhinelander Inc. PotatoFest on Saturday, Aug. 31.

ďWeíre looking forward to being part of Downtown Rhinelanderís PotatoFest, and hope the community will come out to support this event,Ē said Laurie Schlitt, Interim CEO of the YMCA of the Northwoods. ďAnyone from families to friends to businesses can field a team. Itís all in good fun.Ē

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Teams of five bring their own couch, outfitted with at least 3 wheels and no motorized assistance. Four team members push the couch and one member goes along for the ride. The rider must complete three challenges in the race, including a bean bag toss, ladder golf, and bat circle. Couches must be decorated, and themes are encouraged. Prizes will be awarded for the fastest team and the best themed unit. Participants must be 16 and up, and riders must wear a helmet.

Couches face race inspection at 9 a.m., and the furniture starts flying at 10 a.m.

Full race details and rules are available on the YMCA of the Northwoods website at

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