Amazing Race Canada challenge designed by Lakehead University

Photo of an Amazing Race Canada racer participating in a challenge with a headset covering his eyes.

An Amazing Race Canada racer participates in a challenge.

August 21, 2019 – Thunder Bay, Ont.

As you may have heard, Canada’s most-watched summer series, the multiple Canadian Screen Award-winning The Amazing Race Canada, filmed an episode in Thunder Bay.

However, what you may not know – since it was a well-kept secret – is that Lakehead University’s Faculty of Natural Resources Management helped create one of the challenges.

“When we were approached by the producers of The Amazing Race Canada, we suggested a great challenge that we use with our students – and the producers agreed that it would work,” said Dr. Ulf Runesson, Lakehead University’s Dean of Natural Resources Management. 

“We don’t want to say too much, because we shouldn’t spoil it, but our challenge went quite well,” Dr. Runesson said.

Hosted by Olympic Gold Medallist Jon Montgomery, tune in to next week’s episode of The Amazing Race Canada to watch the remaining racers push themselves outside of their comfort zones in this non-stop, action-packed season that started airing on July 2.

The Thunder Bay episode of The Amazing Race Canada aired on Tuesday, Aug. 27 on CTV,, and the CTV app.

Watch the episode here.

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