- $29 for Cache Clash registration for one ($59.02 value)
Taking place on Sunday, November 16, at 10 a.m., this four-hour geocaching event is designed for everyone from beginners to experts. Each person receives a list of UTM coordinates that correspond to 20 checkpoints spread throughout the competition area. Racers, who can compete in teams of up to 10, try to reach on foot as many checkpoints as possible and return to the finish before the cutoff time.
Participants should bring a GPS or smartphone. If you’re using the GPS feature on your phone, you should probably also bring a separate camera to ensure you can take pictures of the geocache points. The organizers will need to verify the photos at the end of the event. Check-in begins at 9 a.m.
Sierra Adventure Sports
Generally, adulthood forces people to give up childish pleasure, robbing them of the joy associated with playing in puddles, unearthing hidden treasure, and being silly in public. Sierra Adventure Sports wants grownups to regress, if only for a day. In service of that goal, the company organizes a variety of novel races that range from city scavenger hunts for the casual adventurer to creative triathlon courses for the ambitious athlete.
Scavenger Blitz, for instance, turns exploring one's city into a fun, fast-paced race scattered with clues, obstacle courses, and riddles. Racers in teams of at least two scour the urban jungle in search of 12 clues, which can include challenges, riddles, or orders that need be completed before crossing the finish line. Some send racers hunting for a snapshot in front of a landmark, whereas others challenge them to complete some special feat, such as conquering an obstacle course on stilts.
The Mad Mud Run challenges participants to sprint and frolic through a dirty and deliciously fun outdoor obstacle course littered with manmade obstructions such as cargo nets, hills of hay bales, monkey bars, and slimy mud pits. Extreme Heat Adventure Races combine equal parts triathlon and scavenger hunt to create a 10–12K journey filled with running, river rafting, and mystery challenges that could pit teams against anything from blindfolded puzzles to wall climbs. Most Sierra Adventure Sports events encourage racers to compete in costumes of all types save for gremlins, which multiply in water and unfairly dominate the timed results.