Scavenger hunts help humans revisit the days when hunter-gatherers had to scrounge among tall grasses for chocolate-filled eggs and tackle cheetahs to keep them still enough for souvenir snapshots. Revisit your evolutionary roots with today's Groupon: for $25, you get a regular registration for one entry to the Phoenix Challenge (a $70 value). The one-day urban scavenger race takes place Sunday, April 3, and begins and ends at Coach & Willie's in downtown Phoenix. Adults of every age, ability, and medieval guild are encouraged to participate. The race starts at 2 p.m., but racers can show up as early as noon to pick up pre-race packets.
During the challenge, teams of two or more speedsters 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 searchers have to solve strands of interconnected clues that would test even the most seasoned consulting detective's deductive powers, 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 also go toward the prize pool.
The website offers a regular FAQ and a Groupon FAQ with further details on 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 determined, all participants are invited to partake in an after-party and awards ceremony. Challenge participants can imbibe in drink specials and music while additional prizes, such as best costume, are announced.
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