If you are an Amazing Race fan but find that producers just aren’t giving your audition tape the time of day, the Great Urban Race might be your answer.
Great Urban Race is a one-day competition where you can sign up with two or three of your friends and compete against other teams by finding the answers to 12 clues based on locations around the city. In tradition urban race fashion, one of the tasks that is assigned will have an “extreme” component, so my advice is to make sure at least one of your teammates is a thrill-seeker.
Great Urban Races take place in Tampa, Tempe, Austin, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Seattle, Minneapolis, Toronto, Chicago, Boston, Portland, New York, Madison, Denver, San Francisco, Houston, and Denver. Washington hosts its version of the Race this weekend (April 27) and you can sign up at the Race headquarters which are stationed at McFadden’s (2401 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington DC).
Race participants are referred to as “Masterminds” and competitors are allowed to use their smartphones with some of the clues requiring scanning a QR code or completing a FourSquare check-in. Masterminds also receive a t-shirt and finisher’s medal (regardless of placement) and if you’re 21 or older, you also get a free beer after the race.
Regional first place finishers receive $300, second place finishers receive $200 and third place finishers receive $100. The National Champions are invited to compete in the National Championship Race which sees the “Master Masterminds” awarded $10,000.
More information for the Washington DC Great Urban Race, including pricing is available at GreatUrbanRace.com. The website also includes details about upcoming Great Urban Races in other cities.