Eating a fish eyeball, abseiling down the side of WIN Entertainment Centre and stacking apples were some of the challenges thrown at teams battling it out in this year's Amazing Race Wollongong.
Nearly 30 teams braved the wild weather on Friday to run around the city, solving clues, performing skits and showing off sporting skills to raise money for charity.
Teams had just 2½ hours to get through 30 checkpoints spread across the city, before marshalling at the Novotel Northbeach for the prize ceremony.
This year, the hotel, which organises the annual event, decided to divide proceeds between several Illawarra charities including the Warrawong Project, Light and Hope and Aspect.
The hotel's human resources manager, Emily Squires, said the event, now in its fourth year, had become a favourite on the annual corporate calendar, bringing out the inner competitor in participants.
"It's great to see what started as a little event with a few teams really take off," she said.
"I think the race has so much to offer - there's adventure and fun but there's also that charity aspect as well, it's a fun way for businesses to give back."
Local businesses have also been champing at the bit to get involved, offering services in fitness, first aid and even fruit stacking.
"This year, we had Bulli Fruit & Vegetables on board so teams had to stack apples and perform a skit," Ms Squires said.
"We had a fitness checkpoint, a first aid checkpoint where teams had to bandage another team member and a paddle boarding checkpoint; there's just so much going on."
The hotel hopes to beat last year's total of $25,000.