Amateur sleuths never leave their dwellings without an oversized magnifying glass, a ponderous expression, and an easily kidnappable sidekick. Explore Austin's mysteries with today's Groupon: for $25, you get one entry in the CitySolve Urban Race Austin on Saturday, April 23, starting at Aussie's Grill & Beach Bar (up to a $60 value).
Teams must be either two or three people; though entrants can register individually, they must have a team by race day ($50 per person; $60 on event day). On race day, teams will walk, skip, or run (highly recommended) through the unknown nooks of the city, gathering and solving clues that will lead one lucky team to a $300 prize. The race will take you throughout the city to top-secret, unmarked spots, leading participants into neighborhoods such as SoCo, the University of Texas, Sixth Street, and more. Along the way, teams will solve clues, answer questions, and complete challenges such as building a house of cards or bowling a strike.
The top three teams with the fastest legs and sharpest puzzle-solving skills will also win free entry to the championship race in Las Vegas on November 5 to compete for the $5,000 grand prize. Best costumes, top family, top senior, and best tweet will also win a prize or $50 gift certificate to a local restaurant or retail store. Check-in is from 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. The competition begins at noon and usually takes about three to five hours to complete.