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Teams take Portland’s streets to compete in the Urban Goose Chase—from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, September 1—which challenges the adventurous competitors to race the clock to complete as many wacky and daring missions as they can throughout the city. The chase is a technological twist on the classic scavenger hunt: using the Urban Goose application for an iPhone or Android mobile device, the scavenger-hunt organizers beam out a series of challenges set in locations around the city. Smartphones lead players towards the correct way as teams pick their challenges, and competitors must use their devices to capture photographic evidence that they completed the usually embarrassing tasks. Potential missions include knitting a useful item out of plastic grocery bags to reenacting the classic fountain-splashing scene from the title sequence of Friends. For each task completed, the organizers award teams a certain number of points, and the team that earns the most points overall wins a $250 Visa gift card and the designation of microcelebrity.
Competitors should make sure to bring their mobile devices and clad themselves in orange—the competition’s signature color—to gain some bonus points.
Urban Goose Chase
The day of the citywide scavenger hunt, 200–300 teams of up to five people hit the streets, clad in Urban Goose Chase’s signature orange. The event organizers communicate hints and challenges via smartphone. Tasks vary widely, sometimes requiring creativity, sometimes a willingness to get messy, and sometimes the courage to eat whatever the race’s chefs cook up. In the end, one team reigns supreme, taking home a prize and making lots of smug faces. The hunt kicks off in cities all over North America, from New York to San Francisco and Chicago to Saskatoon.
Urban Goose Chase
A curious madness has taken hold of average citizens in North America. Groups of adults rove the city in packs, staring down at their smartphones before impersonating teppanyaki chefs at a coffeehouse condiment counter and knitting with plastic bags. This is an Urban Goose Chase.
The taskmasters at Urban Goose Chase turn the notion of a traditional scavenger hunt on its ear by communicating with teams via an Android- and iPhone-compatible app. Event instructions are sent out upon registration; teams download the app and receive a variety of missions from which they can select. Successfully completed missions earn teams the points they need to gain rank on the leaderboard and win prizes. During the chase, each team’s standings are updated in real time and visible to other teams, creating a sense of urgency, much like wearing an hourglass in place of a wristwatch.