Columbia team embarks on international scavenger hunt
HALLSVILLE - A worldwide scavenger hunt kicked off Saturday, with some unusual items to collect.
The Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World has Ever Seen, or G.I.S.H.W.E.S., is a week-long international scavenger hunt where teams of 15 people have to complete tasks of a rather strange list.
Thousands of people from more than 100 countries take part in the hunt each year.
KOMU 8 News spoke with one team from Columbia competing this year.
One member of the team, Alina Randazzo, competed in the event in 2015, and said she met people from all over the world.
"Last year when we competed we had people from Europe, Malaysia, all over the world. So, it's pretty cool," Randazzo said.
She said the point of the competition is to step outside of your comfort zone, be creative and be adventurous.
"I was really nervous about embarrassing myself or feeling uncomfortable. But, in the end it wound up being a blast," Randazzo said. "It took away a lot of my nerves for thinking about how other people think of me."
G.I.S.H.W.E.S. has broken several Guinness World Records throughout the years, including the most global hugs given, and most pledges to commit charitable acts of kindness.