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 spring. Prepare for this venerable American tradition with this Groupon.
$25 for entry to the Ultimate Urban Scavenger Race ($55 value)
- Saturday, August 23rd 2014
- Click here for race info
- Entry fee includes clue packet, race-number bib, and t-shirt
Spurred on by a first-place award of $300, 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, who receive a coveted entry in the national championship. 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.
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.