The Great Urban Race
Like The Amazing Race...Only Shorter
Recently I discovered a cool event called The Great Urban Race. It's a race held in cities across the country where two person teams compete against each other to complete a set of fun challenges throughout the city.
Consider it a mini-Amazing Race that anyone can join and have fun with!
My wife and I competed in this race one year and had a blast. Below are some of the things we learned and our tips for running the race successfully.
How Does It Work?
Teams get a list of 12 challenges to complete. Some are mandatory and others optional. The goal is to be the first team to complete 11 of the 12 tasks.
Each challenge is different and could be a puzzle, physical task, scavenger hunt, etc. The rules are loose...basically you can bring anything you want (cell phone, laptop, GPS, etc) and can only walk, run or use public transportation.
Check out the official race rules for more info.
Are There Prizes?
Yes! The top three teams in each city win a cash prize and free entry into the National Championship race which is held in a different city each year. There are also prizes for best costume and family division first place.
The top 25 teams in each city qualify for entry into the National Championship race. The winner of the Championship race wins $10,000!
The 2014 Great Urban Race Schedule
Plan now to run in The Great Urban Race!
The 2014 Great Urban Race will be held in the following cities:
1/25/2014 - Los Angeles
2/1/2014 - San Diego
2/8/2014 - Austin
2/22/2014 - San Francisco
3/1/2014 - Tampa
3/8/2014 - Jacksonville
3/22/2014 - Houston
3/29/2014 - Washington DC
4/5/2014 - Atlanta
4/12/2014 - Portland
4/26/2014 - Philadelphia
5/10/2014 - Boston
5/17/2014 - New York City
5/31/2014 - Chicago
6/7/2014 - Toronto
8/9/2014 - Vancouver for the Championship
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Tips To Compete In The Great Urban Race
Identify your support team - Ask friends or family who are good at finding information on the web or know a lot about the city to be your on call support team.
Communicate - You'll need good communication with your teammate and your support team.
Solve the clues first - Take time up front to solve as many clues as possible and map them out.
Ask locals for help - Everyone we asked on the street for information or to help us take a picture was very helpful.
Cooperate with other teams - At some of the spots the only people around to take your picture will be another team.
Check on public transportation - Familiarize yourself on subways and bus routes. Check for any scheduled maintenance that could slow you down.
Recommended Race Gear
Camera - Other people will need to use your digital camera to take your picture. Bring a small camera that's easy for strangers to use. Make sure it's easy to get in and out of your pocket quickly.
Water - The only water you'll have is what you bring or stop to buy along the way. Get a Camelbak to carry your water easily.
Map - Bring a paper map that you can mark up and plot your course on.
Comfortable Clothes - You'll be outside and probably doing a lot of running, walking and other crazy stuff. Be comfortable.
What do you think of The Great Urban Race? Have you competed in any other events like The Amazing Race? Please leave a comment below.