For $25, today’s side deal gets you a regular registration for one person, including a T-shirt and a fancy race number bib, for the San Jose Challenge (a $70 value). The one-day urban scavenger race takes place on Sunday, March 20, starting and ending at San Jose Bar and Grill on South 2nd Street. Adults of every age and ability are encouraged to participate. The race starts at 2 p.m., but you can show up as early as 12 p.m. to pick up your pre-race packet.
During the challenge, teams of two or more individuals will run helter-skelter around the city in a frantic race for cash prizes and personal pride, with a first-place award of $200. Not only will participants have to solve strands of interconnected clues that would test the deductive powers of even the most seasoned consulting detective, they'll need to plot spatiotemporal stratagems while exploring undiscovered corners of the city. Although being physically fit is a plus, quick wits and wise planning will ultimately determine the winners. Participation in the challenge gets contestants a clue packet, race-number bib, and T-shirt, and fees also go toward the appealing prize pool. The website offers a regular FAQ, as well as a Groupon FAQ with further details on the intricacies of the race, what to wear the day of, why it's not okay to bring a boa constrictor, and more.
After the race is through and winners determined, all participants are invited to partake in an after-party and awards ceremony. Challenge participants can enjoy soak up drink specials while additional prizes, such as best costume, are announced. A challenge that's equal parts fun, challenge, and adventure is hard for even the most spicily seasoned cynic to resist.
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