$25 for entry to the SCI CAN Challenge Des Moines Charity Scavenger Hunt. ($55 value)
Teams of two or more run helter-skelter around the city in a combination of a scavenger hunt and 5K race, exploring undiscovered corners of their city while solving strands of interconnected clues. Although being physically fit is a plus, quick wits and wise planning ultimately determine the winners. After the race, all participants are invited to partake in an after party and awards ceremony, enjoying drink specials and music while additional prizes, such as best costume, are announced. Check the website and Groupon FAQ for more information.
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 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.