A city is like an English muffin: you have to cultivate an intimate knowledge of its every nook and cranny before you bury it in butter. Today’s Groupon to the Amazing Santa Monica Race gives you the impetus to explore your hometown’s hidden corners. Choose between the following options:
- For $44, you get one adult entry (up to an $89 value).
- For $79, you get two adult entries (up to a $178 value).
Just like its reality-show namesake, The Amazing Race, the Amazing Santa Monica Race pits teams of competitors against one another in an adventure that combines sight-seeing, traveling, scavenger hunting, and the end of every Benny Hill Show into one fun, competitive race. Once teams have signed up, they’ll be sent to a secret starting line. At the sound of the figurative gun, crews will take off by foot, public transportation, or corgi-back as they follow a series of cryptic clues in a mad dash around Santa Monica. The quest will take adventurers past some of the area’s most notable sites, historical hotspots, and top hot-dog stands, as well as lesser-known sites such as its subterranean kingdom of mole people. The race typically takes about four hours to complete, and once the last team stumbles across the finish line, there will be a full awards ceremony with complimentary sustenance.
Besides giving racers an exhilarating excuse to team up with friends, future friends, and congresspersons, the Amazing Santa Monica Race gives players a shot at the glory of a reality-show-contest winner without exposing themselves to the snarky comments of Television Without Pity or forcing themselves to dance with stars. Races are scheduled on Saturday, Sunday, and occasional weekdays.
Though the Amazing Santa Monica Race sometimes features a discounted price online, this Groupon still offers the best deal available.
Fantastic Race aims to live up to its name by giving its racers more than a simple 5K ever could. Part scavenger hunt, part self-guided tour, the events send participants sprinting into the city in hot pursuit of puzzles and mystery sights. Like the popular, reality television Amazing Race for which it is sort-of-but-not-really named, the Fantastic Race sees teams of 2-8 dashing from one clue to the next, each revealing another can't-miss destination. Some locales may be on every tourists' lists, while others are as likely to delight locals as visitors. But all serve as a piece of the larger mystery each team is living—that of how to cross the finish line first and avoid not being posted on the Fantastic Race's hall of fame.