GearJunkie Hosts ‘Urban’ Adventure Race in Minneapolis

A sprint down a bike path, a climbing wall traverse, clues on a scavenger hunt through GearJunkie headquarters… those were among the feats required of the 13 teams who participated in the first “Gear Junkie Challenge” urban adventure race last night.

The invite-only event, held out of our office on the Greenway Bike Path in Minneapolis, included an alleycat-style bike race with multiple side challenges.

Racers had two hours to complete the course. Cash, gear prizes, and cold brews were the reward at the end of the effort. Thanks to all who joined in the fun, and thanks to Sea to Summit and Upslope Brewing, who respectively donated gear and beer for the party.

Congrats to “Team Berserker Pants” on the win, with “Geezer Junkies” and “Team White Russia” close behind. (See full results and race times here.) Here are a handful of pics from the action. —Stephen Regenold

Major thanks to race sponsors Sea to Summit and Upslope Brewery

Cold brews from Upslope for post-race recovery

Minneapolis cycling fixture, Bjorn Christianson, was not thrilled about the running challenge

Racers take off on bike for the first challenge

Racers had to traverse a bouldering route at Vertical Endeavors, a climbing gym in Minneapolis

Scavenger hunt in the GearJunkie office

The after party!

Race Results on Next Page. . .

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Stephen Regenold is Founder and Editor-In-Chief of GearJunkie, which he launched as a nationally-syndicated newspaper column in 2002. As a journalist and writer, Regenold has covered the outdoors industry for nearly two decades, including as a correspondent for the New York Times. A father of four small kids, Regenold and his wife live in Minneapolis.