Wisdom is often accomplished through a series of demanding physical tasks, as evidenced by the bench-pressing portion of most bar exams. Glean city savvy through your adrenal glands with today's Groupon: for $50, you get entry for a team of two to the Great Urban Race on Saturday, October 29, starting at noon at Wave House San Diego (a $120 value). Registration packets include a T-shirt, race number, and clue sheet for each participant. Teams should register by 5 p.m. on October 28 and plan to arrive 30–60 minutes prior to the start of the race.
The Great Urban Race rallies daring pairs to test their strength and wit by completing challenges in an adrenaline-fueled adventure through the city. Upon arrival, each duo delves into an envelope containing 12 clues, each of which entreats minds, bodies, or creative spirits to step up as they solve the physical and mental tasks that will lead them to the next stage of the race. Brains may bend over puzzling anagrams or complex riddles, such as hypothetical murder mysteries and city-themed word jumbles, while bodies sweat over mazes, food challenges, or extreme maypole dances. The race averages around six miles of street-savvy foot work and is designed so that rippling muscles and native knowledge of the city streets are not required, ensuring that participants of every locale and fitness level have a chance at citywide glory.
The first three teams to finish receive up to $300 in cash, the top 25 qualify for the Great Urban Race National Championship, and trophies, sashes, and Gatorade dunks abound for other achievements such as best costumes and top family team. Teams should arrive in matching uniforms with a digital camera, ID, and at least $10 in cash.