Scavenger hunts help people to get to know a city intimately, which may prove valuable when put in charge of hiding celebrity wax figures for the citywide celebrity-wax-figure hunt that takes place each Easter. Prepare for this venerable American tradition with this Groupon.
$25 for Race Entry for One to The DC Challenge: The Ultimate Urban Scavenger Race ($50 Value)
Held on Saturday, April 20, the one-day race sets teams scampering through the city as they solve clues, chart the best course, and discover new corners of their burb. Racers complete their scavenging adventure at the Finish Line Festival, where they flaunt finisher medals and raise their glasses in celebration with other participants amid live music, food trucks, drink options, outdoor games, and a costume contest. The race starts at 1:30 p.m., but participants can show up from before or soon after the whistle to pick up prerace packets and change into a uniform that's half track-and-field athlete, half Columbo. The DC Challenge partners with Back on My Feet, with which a portion of the race's proceeds are shared. Although this Groupon covers entry for one participant, customers can buy up to 10 Groupons as gifts for teammates.
The Ultimate Urban Scavenger Race
Challenge Nation pioneered the urban-adventure race with a race season that includes visits to 35 cities across the country. Each scavenger hunt is personalized to the hosting city, exploring its many diverse neighborhoods with a series of clues that would test even the most skilled children's-book detective. The teams—comprised of at least two people—vie for a $300 first-place prize. The _Amazing Race_–style competition rewards quick wits and wise planning over physical fitness, so the best way to prepare is by doing logic puzzles while eating Funyuns and lounging in a La-Z-Boy. The top 25 teams qualify, the top five receiving free entry, to compete in the national championship, which rewards winning teams with a $5,000 cash prize.