The Urban Challenge was the first
urban clue-based running (and mass transit) race that
I've hear of and entered. Joe Kemp and I entered the 2004
race in Philadelphia with 74 other teams... and came in
2nd! We just missed a free trip to Miami for the finals!
We started and ended at Dave & Busters. Each team
received a clue sheet with 10 locations. You could use
any means to figure out where the locations were and run
there (or use mass transite - no private vehicles
allowed!). As we raced from location to location our
phone support team assisted us in deciphering the next
location. While at each location, we had to take a photo
of ourselves using the provided camera cell phone (hence
the mediocre photos). A lot of sweaty fun! They had run
the race for four years in Philly, but this was the first
time I had heard about it. Sadly, the race sort of folded
in 2005, but the organizers recently emailed me saying
that they would return! Check out www.urbanchallenge.com
for all the details.
The Finish Line!