$35 Entry for a Team of Two to the Great Urban Race on June 26 ($100 Value)

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If it weren’t for their boyish good looks, Lewis and Clark would have been disqualified from the first American scavenger hunt for using Segways and performance-enhancing prairie dogs. Revel in a localized version of this great race with today's Groupon: for $35, you get an entry for a team of two (a $100 value) into the Great Urban Race on Saturday, June 26, starting at noon at the Essen Haus.

The Great Urban Race is an Amazing Race–style competition that uses the entire city as playing board and scavenger's hunting ground. Teams of two must solve 12 clues and complete physical and mental challenges by walking, running, or using public transportation. Use the wit your mama gave you, along with a helpful pair of daddy long legs (attachment optional), to scoot and Superbowl Shuffle around town in pursuit of random items and puzzles to solve. If your dynamic duo is one of the first 25 teams to finish the all-day race, you'll have the opportunity to compete in the national championship in Las Vegas for a chance at $10,000 long, green American dollars.

The Madison Great Urban Race provides a commemorative T-shirt, clue sheet, race number, and post-race refreshments and snacks for all participants. You can dress for the elements, or you could try to win the best-costume award by donning a large and off-putting pantomime horse suit; either way, you must match your teammate (thematically, if not perfectly). Whether you're looking to have a fun afternoon of private detecting with your best Watson or want the upper hand with the radio capabilities of Scanner Dan, the Great Urban Race will explore the ins and outs of Madison in a raucous running adventure.

Pairs must bring a digital camera to verify certain checkpoints. Deadline to register is June 24.


The Great Urban Race has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, the casual dread blog, the Statesman, and Squidoo. Here's what they are saying:

  • The Great Urban Race is basically a one-day Amazing Race. – jessi, casual dread
  • Some added color to the crowd by dressing in costumes, including a group of women from separate teams who each wore wedding dresses. The crowd also included a couple dressed as animated characters Homer and Marge Simpson. – Tony Plohetski, Statesman

Here's what Madison racers from last year had to say:

  • We had so much fun participating in the race! I've lived in Madison my whole life and discovered a few things I didn't know about before. – 2009 Participant
  • The race was a good balance between strategy, endurance and fun. – 2009 Participant

The Fine Print

Promotional value expires Jun 26, 2010. Amount paid never expires. Must register by 6/24. Email registration required. Must have a partner to participate in the event. Must be at least 18 or have a parent or guardian present. Must bring digital camera. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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