What You'll Get
Scavenger hunts help people 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 today's Groupon: for $20, you get entry to Charlotte Challenge: The Ultimate Urban Scavenger Race (a $50 value). This one-day competition takes place on Saturday, September 17, starting and finishing at StrikeCity at EpiCenter. Adults of every age, ability, and medieval guild are encouraged to participate. The race starts at 1 p.m., but participants can show up from 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. to pick up pre-race packets. Although today's Groupon covers entry for one participant, customers can buy up to 10 Groupons as gifts for teammates.
During the challenge, teams of two or more individuals will run helter-skelter around the city in a frantic race for cash prizes and personal pride, with a first-place award of $200. Not only will participants have to solve strands of interconnected clues that would test the deductive powers of even the most seasoned children's-book detective, they'll need to plot spatiotemporal stratagems while exploring undiscovered corners of the city. Although being physically fit is a plus, quick wits and wise planning will ultimately determine the winners. Participation in the challenge gets contestants a clue packet, race-number bib, and T-shirt, and fees go toward the prize pool. The website offers a regular FAQ, as well as a Groupon FAQ detailing the intricacies of the race, what to wear the day of, why it's not okay to bring a boa constrictor, and more.
After the race is through and winners are determined, all participants are invited to partake in an after-party and awards ceremony. Challenge participants can partake in drink specials and music while additional prizes, such as best costume, are announced. A venture equal parts brain and brawn, Charlotte Challenge presents a fun and adventurous team activity that is hard for even the most spicily seasoned cynic to resist.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Sep 17, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 10 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per visit. 1 Groupon required per participant. Subject to availability and weather. Must register online by 9/9/11. Must be 18 or older or be accompanied by teammate over 18. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.