In early mankind’s scavenger hunts, everyone who gathered enough berries to avoid starvation was a winner, but most winners were still eaten by leopards. Enjoy less perilous scavenging with today’s Groupon: for $60, you get a two-person team registration to the Urban Assault Ride on August 28 (up to a $120 value). Participants must register by 5 p.m. on Friday, August 26.
The Urban Assault Ride, which is sponsored by New Belgium Brewing, sends biwheeled lads and lasses on a citywide bicycle scavenger hunt to scour Des Moines for checkpoints containing whimsical obstacle courses. Each course is kept under wraps until the race, but past colorful challenges have included human bowling, piggyback polo, and paperboy relay. Two-person teams will choose their own route and checkpoint order for the concrete journey, speeding off from Mullets on Southeast First Street before venturing out in search of obstacle checkpoints and two mystery checkpoints.
The team to cruise through all checkpoints in the shortest amount of time wins, and the top three road-warrior duos will receive prizes for their valiant efforts, such as Timbuk2 bags, Keen shoes, and Urban Assault Ride socks and arm warmers. After crossing the finish line, all teams can celebrate at the after-party, teeming with New Belgium beer, big wheels, and raffle prizes. Aside from providing an exhilarating experience, the Urban Assault Ride helps promote and encourage bicycle commuting and does its civic cyclical duty by implementing myriad environmental practices and contributing the proceeds to local nonprofits.
Urban Assault Ride
The Urban Assault Ride challenges cyclists to speed from obstacle course to obstacle course across their city during eco-friendly scavenger hunts that benefit local charities. Teams draft a road map to try to thwart the competition and be the first to complete the race, pausing at a series of checkpoints, where they must surmount such active roadblocks as slip 'n' slides, bike jousting, and reciting the Iliad in Pig Latin. The first team to conquer each challenge and cross the finish line is declared the victor, but all participants celebrate their efforts at a lively after-party stocked with snacks, beer, nonalcoholic drinks, and prizes.
McKinley School/Columbus Park
1300 SE 1st St.
Des Moines, Iowa 50315Get Directions