Scavenger hunts help people to get to know a city intimately, which may prove valuable when put in charge of hiding celebrity wax figures for the citywide celebrity-wax-figure hunt that takes place each Easter. Prepare for this venerable American tradition with this Groupon.
$25 for entry to the Ultimate Urban Scavenger Race on March 23 ($55 Value)
Spurred on by a first-place award of $300, teams of two or more run helter-skelter around the city in a combination scavenger hunt and 5K race that promises the possibility of cash prizes, personal pride, and entry into the national challenge. Not only do participants have to solve strands of interconnected clues, they need to plot spatiotemporal stratagems while exploring undiscovered corners of the city. Although being physically fit is a plus, quick wits and wise planning ultimately determine the winners. Participation in the challenge gets contestants a clue packet, race-number bib, and T-shirt, and fees go toward the prize pool. The website offers a regular FAQ, as well as a Groupon FAQ detailing 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 are determined, all participants are invited to partake in an after party and awards ceremony. Challenge participants can partake in drink specials and music while additional prizes, such as best costume, are announced. Check the website for updates.
San Jose: The Ultimate Urban Scavenger Race
Challenge Nation pioneered the urban-adventure race with a race season that includes visits to more than 35 cities across the country. Each scavenger hunt is personalized to the hosting city, exploring its many diverse neighborhoods with a series of clues that would test even the most skilled children’s-book detective. The teams—composed of at least two people—vie for a $300 first-place prize. The Amazing Race–style competition rewards quick wits and wise planning over physical fitness, so the best way to prepare is by doing logic puzzles while eating Funyuns and lounging in a La-Z-Boy. The top 25 teams qualify, the top five receiving free entry, to compete in the national championship, which rewards winning teams with a $5,000 cash prize.