I. Am. Sore.
My. Bones. Ache.
But I wouldn't trade it for anything!! The reason for the tight muscles and throbbing pain was the result of The Great Urban Race.
My friend Amanda and I are huge Amazing Race fans, so when we stumbled across The Great Urban Race, we knew we just HAD to do it. We had done our research on contestants who had run it previously and taken to heart all their tips. We are fairly intelligent and were certain this was going to be a cake walk.
Boy were we wrong!
We met 2 hours prior to race time to get our matching shirts and load up our MARTA cards. MARTA is the public transit system here in Atlanta. We knew buying a day pass would save us tons of time instead of buying tokens each time we got on.
We arrived at the race site and checked in. One hour to race time and we were feeling pretty good...nervous, but good! We were chatting some strategies and discussing what we thought was ahead of us. The race was to start at 12:00 and the course closed at 5:00. If you were still racing at 5:00, you had to come back. Ha! Are you kidding? That wouldn't be us! (ahem...)
And I didn't even get a picture of Team Bumblebees (2 grown women wearing bee costumes complete with wings), Team Baby Girls (2 grown women dressed as babies complete with diapers), and then there was the fair share of superheroes, and just plain w-e-i-r-d!
Amanda and I quickly buddied up with one of the race staffers, Dominic.
One of the staffers came on the mic and told the race staffers to hold up their hands. All racers were to go stand near a staffer with their hand raised. We looked around to blend in. As we were looking around, he slipped us our clue and we were out!
We were off to a great start! We had the envelope open and were beginning to solve the clues as the other teams were just leaving. Racers ran by us and shouted "Cheaters!"
I beg to differ...we're just smart racers!
Turns out, our little head start didn't really help us.
The race was more of a scavenger hunt than an actual race. There were about 12 clues on our clue sheet. The first step was to solve the clues. Each clue was a location in Atlanta. The next step was to get to each of the places and perform the task there. Most of the tasks were getting a picture with something at the location.
4 people and us holding our shoes
Four and a half hours later, we made it back to the finish line. Our heads hung in shame. Our pride hurt. But our friend Dominic standing there cheering us on.
We decided that had made some mistakes. Um...ya think?!
Upon evaluating our less than stellar performance, here's what we decided for next year (oh yes, there WILL be a next year):
- Spend the time at the start of the race solving every clue.
- Once all the clues are solved make a race route. (This is where we failed)
- READ all the clues! It would have saved us time and money had we known we were to deliver a pair of socks to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Instead we had to go the Alliance Theatre gift store and buy a $9 pair of musical note socks. Classy.