A city is a place of tremendous variety, usually constructed upon rock 'n' roll. Plumb the secret depths of New York with today's Groupon: for $45, you get admission for a team of two to the Urban Dare Adventure Race (a $90 value), held on May 14 starting at noon. The race kicks off from Kenny's Castaways at 157 Bleeker St.
Urban Dare Adventure Race is a fast-paced competition that challenges two-person teams to decipher clues, navigate the city, and perform playful stunts. Combining the fast pace of a track meet with the brain-taxing sleuth work of a luge competition, the race uses a dozen trivia-based clues to lead contestants to checkpoints all over New York. Location-hunters reach their checkpoints by whatever means necessary, whether it means hopping a water taxi down the Hudson, wrestling the A train, cycling madly through a network of secret bike lanes, or taming a feral griffin. At the checkpoints, racers must use a camera to document their presence or, in some cases, get their passports stamped after completing a challenge. Races generally last less than four hours, and the winning team will receive a free entry to the Super Dare, which has a $5,000 grand prize that will allow the winners to dare each other to invest in a low-risk mutual fund. Proceeds from the race are used to help battle breast cancer.