Puzzles, Clues, Physical Challenges on ‘Urban Adventure’ Course

You have 90 minutes. A map and a clue sheet are your only guides. Time to sprint through the city to decipher a puzzle that involves strategy as well as athletic skill.

Last weekend, GearJunkie partnered with Twin Cities In Motion, the people behind the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon and other major events, to launch the inaugural TC Urban Dash.

The team event, sponsored by Fitsok, was held on August 10th in Minneapolis. It entailed an open, choose-your-own-adventure course through the city’s North Loop neighborhood.

Start/finish area in Minneapolis’ North Loop neighborhood

More than 200 racers signed up. They plotted a course before the time clock started, and at the GO! the pack ran off to complete a 4- to 6-mile challenge (depending on your route choice) with mental puzzles, a 7-story stair climb, a sprint along the Mississippi River, and 20+ additional tasks on a scavenger hunt format.

The winners blazed the course in less than 50 minutes, arriving to the finishing chute winded and with a completed clue sheet in hand. Average teams took longer, up to 90 minutes, but arrived just in time for the North Loop Fest, where music, food, beer, and a massive prize raffle ensued into the summer night.

And they’re off!

Thanks to all the racers who came out and the volunteers who helped make the event happen. We had a blast building the urban adventure course. Hope to see even more “TC Dashers” next year for the race!

—Stephen Regenold

Into the streets on a scavenger hunt

Through an alley

Racers on the course

Two-page cluesheet was the guide to the sometimes puzzling race course

Physical challenge halfway into the race

Mysteries and clues along the course

Deciphering the clue sheet

Finished!

Racers in the start/finish area

Swag toss (above) and a team at the end

Tabulating results

Major prizes! SUP board among raffle offerings at the end

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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.