Yesterday was such a blast! While the rest of you were reading, blogging, and getting kicked off Twitter (poor Beth F!), I was running around Atlanta with five of my friends. The Great Urban Race is basically a one-day Amazing Race: competing in teams of two (or six, if three teams decide to make like Voltron), you're tasked with solving clues, running around the city, and taking pictures to document the whole thing.
We showed up at East Andrews Cafe between 11 - 12 to sign in, eat free food, and get ready for the day. At noon exactly, all the teams were given their clue sheets. Our strategy was to take time at the beginning to solve all the clues and create a plan of attack so that they weren't criss-crossing the city all day long. Plus, we only had five hours. A few of the clues (go to a hotel for a dance lesson, find these race officials and make a donation to charity, play a game of hoops at ESPN Zone) were easy, while some (find the statue in this picture, translate this clue written in WingDings) were slightly more challenging. We were given the option to skip one clue, but ended up doing all 12, which made me proud. It's not like we were really in it to win it; I just wanted to have fun. And I did! My body is incredibly sore (especially my poor feet - they haven't been this worn out since last year's Peachtree), but I can't wait to do it again next year.
Turns out, urban scavenger hunts are a pretty popular pastime. There's High Trek Adventure, Scaventures (more for corporations than individuals), Urban Hike (in Pittsburgh only, sadly), Urban Challenge (another one just for businesses), Meet Market Adventures (for my fellow singletons), and Urban Assault Ride. If it sounds like your kind of fun, I highly recommend signing up for one.
The rest of my pictures from the event can be seen at my photostream.