Some of the best things in life are hiding just out of sight—including love, gold veins, and your kidneys—making it necessary to organize scavenger hunts and expose them as quickly as possible. Locate unseen secrets with today’s Groupon: for $60, you get a two-person team registration for the Backwoods Scavenger Hunt from Too Cool Racing, held on Saturday, April 2 at 11:30 a.m. at Pace Bend Park in Spicewood (a $120 value). Participants must check in at Hill Country Galleria on Friday, April 1, from 5–9 p.m. or Saturday from 8:30–10:30 a.m.
Too Cool Racing conducts an array of adventure races from mountain-bike dashes to scavenger hunts, featuring prizes for racers and benefits for local charities. During the Backwoods Scavenger Hunt, two-player teams wander a 5- to 7-mile course on Pace Bend Park’s trails, searching for designated checkpoints and completing labors in exchange for objects. The first team to propel itself across the finish line with all the objects wins a $300 gift certificate to Backwoods, an outdoor adventure store stocked with clothing, hiking and camping gear, and footwear. Teams that raise $25 for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas earn a free skip point to use in the race, plus two good human being points that can be divided between the team members or hogged by a single player.
Participants can chatter about their win, loss, or disqualification at the post-race party, where prizes honor first- through third-place teams, T-shirts fling themselves at all participants, and door prizes wait to be claimed. Scavenger hunters who don’t have county park passes will need to pay Pace Bend Park’s entrance fee to attend the race. See the website for recommended scavenger race gear.
Breathe magazine featured Too Cool Racing:
- Part of Too Cool’s philosophy was to put on authentic adventure competitions, not just glorified off-road triathlons where racers simply follow one another through the disciplines. Too Cool achieves this goal by adding challenging navigation sections and by designing courses that require competitors to make strategic team-based choices. – Sally Heath, Breathe
Too Cool Racing
Too Cool Racing charters adventure races in the backwoods, waterways, and bike trails across the greater Austin area. The outdoor circuits range from scavenger hunts completed mostly on foot or bike to multifaceted races that include rappelling, snorkeling, and ziplining through unspoiled Texas countryside, encouraging guests to enjoy nature while getting a workout or bribing native wildlife for tips on how to navigate the trails. Races typically conclude with a festive gathering replete with music, door prizes, complimentary craft beer, and the presentation of prizes totaling $500 to the first through third finishers.
2501 Pace Bend Park Rd. N
Spicewood, Texas 78669Get Directions