Scavenger hunts help people to 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 this Groupon.
$20 for Entry to Urban Scavenger Race on Saturday, May 19 ($50 Value)
During the challenge, teams of two or more individuals run helter-skelter around the city in a frantic race for cash prizes, personal pride, and entry into the national challenge, with a first-place award of $300 at stake. Not only do participants have to solve strands of interconnected clues, they 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. 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, and why it's not OK to bring a boa constrictor.
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 sip drink specials and dance to music while additional prizes, such as best costume, are announced. The race kicks off at 1 p.m. at Seattle Alehouse, and packets may be picked up from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.