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 one individual entry to Detroit Challenge: The Ultimate Urban Scavenger Race on Sunday, September 11, starting and finishing at the Hard Rock Cafe (a $50 value). The race starts at 2 p.m., but participants can show up between 12:30 p.m. and 1:45 p.m. to pick up prerace packets. You can purchase up to 10 Groupons for teammates.
Adults of every age, ability, and medieval guild are encouraged to participate in this urban escapade, during which teams of two or more run helter-skelter around the city in a frantic race for cash prizes and personal pride, with a first-place award of $300. Not only must participants solve strands of interconnected clues that would test the deductive powers of even the most seasoned children's book detective, they also need to plot spatiotemporal stratagems while exploring undiscovered corners of the city. Although being physically fit is a plus, quick wits and wise planning ultimately determine the winners. All racers receive 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 event, 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. Parched athletes can partake in drink specials and music while additional prizes, such as best costume, are announced.