The Great Urban Race

The Green Girl volunteers as a mentor for disadvantaged youth with this Long Beach program, Operation Jump Start. I've been doing this for about 8 years now.

I thought it would be fun to participate with my mentee in The Great Urban Race next Saturday. Our team name is the 'Operation Jump Starters' - in honor of our mentoring program. Neither one of us is keen on the idea of dressing up so we'll just wear our official t-shirts as our 'matching costumes'.

According to the rules, the clues could be:
  • Physical Challenges: Feed your teammate some tasty food, do something daring, or compete in a game. Mazes, Segways, Tae Kwon Do lessons, bicycle races, holding huge fish, canoeing and many other activities were used during the 2009 season.
  • Scavenger Clues: Return to the finish line with an item or find a specific vendor.
  • Puzzles: Think anagrams, word searches, crytograms, and crosswords.
  • Brain Teasers: Riddles or tests to tease your brain.
  • Challenges: Interaction with the general public.
I've never been in a scavenger hunt before but I've always wanted to do one so I'm really looking forward to this. I'm going to stop by AAA this week to pick up a guidebook for Los Angeles.


  1. These seem to be popping up all over the place -- there are at least 3 series I know of: Urban Dare, Great Urban Race, City Scramble. I did the Urban Dare (I think it's the original one) 2 years ago and Jason and I are doing it again this November. It was a lot of fun. Good luck! Can't wait to hear how it goes.

  2. Wow. I didn't realize there were so many of these scavenger hunts. Do you have any advice for a first timer?

  3. For mine, we were allowed a phone with internet and even call a friend. We didn't do this then, but hope to use this strategy in November: If you can, have someone at home next to a computer that you can call at the start with the questions. You could email them a pic of the sheet. They can look up answers much quicker than you can on the phone and while you make your way to the first location, they can be looking up the rest. That way you can focus on getting from place to place and completing the other challenges. Good luck!

  4. We are allowed to phone friends as well but I'm just not sure I know anyone who will be available. It's definitely a good strategy.

    Hopefully, the guidebook will help us out.

    Thanks, girl!


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