I’ve been keeping an eye out for urban scanvenger hunt-type events in Chicago, and I finally found one. I did the Urban Assualt Ride with a friend this past weekend, and we both really enjoyed it. Here is an explanation of the even from their site:
The Urban Assault Ride is a funky bike scavenger hunt that involves street-smart riding, obstacle courses, and a huge after party. Mental muscle is just as important as bike skills as teams of 2 choose their own course to checkpoints around the city.
The event is well known for its checkpoint obstacle courses where physical and mental obstacle courses must be completed before moving on. Kinda like American Gladiators with a demented cycling twist. Some checkpoints are listed prior to the event, others must be found during the event.
The first team to hit all of the checkpoint and cross the finish line wins! Then the party begins with free New Belgium beer and lots more two-wheeled shenanigans!
I’m not too big on all of the other shenanigans, but I did enjoy using Chicago as the arena for this kind of event. I guess this kind of falls into the category of “Things to Keep Urban Professionals Entertained”, but the “game” was well planned out, the obstacles were entertaining, it was active, the mystery check points added an extra level to the game, and it was much more mentally stimulating than I thought it would be. It reminded me of a movie that I watched a lot when I was younger called Midnight Madness. I’d like to do more things like this…or even organize one myself…we will see…