Thriving in the outdoors demands skills that many of us no longer have, such as building a fire or finding enough tree bark to feed your horse. Spark your instincts with this Groupon.
Choose from Three Options
- $40 for race registration for two with bib and T-shirt (an $80 value)
- $75 for race registration for four with bib and T-shirt (a $160 value)
- $105 for race registration for six with bib and T-shirt (a $240 value)
The Houston race on Saturday, September 15 begins at Live! At Bayou Place at 11 a.m., though entrants are encouraged to arrive at 9:30 a.m. During the event, costumed teams of at least two people gallivant about Houston searching for clues, solving puzzles, answering riddles, and overcoming physical obstacles. The top three finishing teams receive cash prizes, as does the food-drive winner and the costume-contest winner and runner-up. Proceeds from this race will benefit the Houston Food Bank, which provides food assistance, education, and job training to those in need.
Not many events can combine puzzles, obstacle races, and charitable giving—all while filling the downtown area with people in gorilla suits. Gorilla Challenge accomplishes all of these things in a single afternoon. With annual events held across the country, it is quickly becoming the premier event for raising fun and social responsibility. Several of the event’s clues are designed to bring awareness to topics such as literacy, poverty, environmental concerns, animal welfare, and elder care. Amid these consciousness-raising events, the company’s gorilla-suit-clad staffers make surprise appearances to award participants prizes and collect bribes in the form of fresh bananas or sign-language-speaking kittens.
The Gorilla Challenge’s name evokes its elusive staffers, who romp through the race area in gorilla suits; when a team hunts them down, the gorillas dole out special prizes. The race draws its true inspiration from the popular TV shows The Amazing Race and Fear Factor, fusing the mental challenge of a scavenger hunt with the physical challenge of running rather than just analyzing a fast-forwarding VHS tape of yourself walking. As they trek across the city, teams must decode about a dozen clues and power through physical obstacles.
Though the race brims with silliness, it does so with a dash of social consciousness. Certain clues draw racers’ attention to issues such as literacy, poverty, and environmental concerns, and every Gorilla Challenge benefits a local nonprofit, such as a food bank or a bank that doles out free money.