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‘Mountain Mommas’ win race

POSTED: September 7, 2011 4:00 a.m.
James G. Wolfe Jr. Dawson Community News/

Carol Tyger, left, and Carla Boutin display the golden bangle they retrieved in the final leg of the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce’s amazing race membership drive.

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The Dawson County Chamber of Commerce's Amazing Race membership drive was Aug. 30 and two local women took home the grand prize.

Carol Tyger, ambassador representative for the chamber, and State Farm agent Carla Boutin teamed up to secure five memberships for the chamber and win the race.

"We're just ecstatic," Boutin said. "It's been a long day."

The two began the race at 8:30 a.m. and didn't finish until after 3 p.m.

The grand prize was a four-day, three-night stay at a beach condo in Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.

"We're really excited about that," Tyger said. "We both need a vacation."

In order to win the prize, the team, calling themselves the "Mountain Mommas," had to begin by securing a membership and receiving a clue after providing proof they had gotten the member.

"We sent them pictures of the checks and they would send us back clues," Tyger said.

The race began at the chamber office, where the staff had placed business cards of members who hadn't renewed their memberships on a table.

"We just took all of the cards we could and got to work," Tyger said. "We were the first ones [at the chamber office] this morning."

The team started with Tower Automotive and after securing its membership, got the first clue.

The race went on from there, with the team gaining ANH Collision, John Megel Chevrolet, the Dawson Learning Center and finally GTA Automotive to receive the final clue.

"[John Megel] didn't realize their membership was up," Tyger said. "That was a really big one."

"Carol figured out the last clue about watching out for bees beside apples," Boutin said. "She yelled into the phone ‘Applebees!'"

The two arrived at the restaurant to find a golden bangle bracelet and a beach vacation waiting for them.

In total, the chamber received 15 memberships in the drive thanks to the efforts of five teams.

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