It was the race before the Race.
Host Jon Montgomery and several of the competitors from The Amazing Race Canada visited patients at Sick Kids Hospital on Tuesday to give them a taste of the hit TV show.
Some of the children ran a mock version of the Race inside the hospital on Tuesday afternoon, getting clues that took them to various locations within the building, meeting Montgomery and some of the TV cast, and getting a sneak peek at Season 6.
The series’ “Heroes Edition” debuts Tuesday at 8 p.m. on CTV.
It features 10 teams of people who have done heroic things in their lives, whether they’re first responders or members of the military, or people who volunteer or mentor children.
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In an earlier interview, Montgomery said they’re all “incredibly compelling individuals.”
Among the competitors who were scheduled to meet the children on Tuesday were Toronto Argonauts cheerleaders Leanne Larsen and Mar Lyon, who have volunteered with the Argos’ anti-bullying program; GTA friends Akash Sidhu and Joseph Truong, who met as food bank volunteers and started businesses that provide education, employment opportunities and internet access to vulnerable people; and Edmonton cancer survivor Todd Kirk.
Kirk, 24, endured chemo, radiation and about 15 surgeries after getting cancer at the age of 3, and has been cancer free for 20 years.