Urban Adventure: Get Stamp, Run The 'Dash'

Last weekend, GearJunkie partnered with Twin Cities In Motion to produce a unique urban adventure race in Minneapolis. The “TC Urban Dash”, sponsored by FITSOK, included a 90-minute course around the city’s North Loop neighborhood.

Start area at the North Loop Fest

Physical and mental challenges, as well as strategy for most efficiently navigating the open course, were key to place high in the event.

More than 300 racers showed up for the urban adventure fun. 20 checkpoints and 6+ miles of running (depending on the route) were involved.

And they’re off!

Racers ran stairs, deciphered clues, and found hidden points around the city. It all finished at the North Loop Fest, where live music, food, beer, and a party ensued into the night.

Thanks to Twin Cities In Motion, FITSOK, the DRG, and to all who participated. The race was a blast. Here are a few more shots of the urban action. —Stephen Regenold

Checkpoint search

Stair-climb challenge early in the course at the Herschel Lofts (seven stories)

‘Dash’ sections included miles on urban trails

‘Pool Party’ challenge at Third North Apartments

Organic garden quiz at Brunsfield North Loop

Virtually buying a condo… a challenge at the DRG with sponsor Leader One Financial

Ring toss

North Loop Liquors “tasting” challenge

Back on the run

‘Sketch-a-Sign’ challenge

Yoga pose challenge at the Paxon checkpoint

Where to next?

Race clock ticking down

Back to start area

Finish line!

Some carnage from the course

Finisher photo opps

Gear raffle and awards to wrap up the race

Stephen Regenold

Stephen Regenold is Founder 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 two decades, including as a correspondent for the New York Times. A father of five, Regenold and his wife live in Minneapolis.