Teamwork is most effective in pairs, from the vaudeville acts of Laurel and Hardy to the crime-fighting melodies of Batman and Garfunkel. Reap the benefits of a sidekick with today's Groupon: for $50, you get entry for a team of two in the Great Urban Race from Red Frog Events on Saturday, June 18 (a $110 value). The Toronto Great Urban Race begins at noon and lasts until 5 p.m., starting and finishing at The Keating Channel Pub & Grill on Villiers Street.
The Great Urban Race is a one-day event pitting teams of two against one another in a race combining physical challenges, scavenger hunts, and puzzles. Up to 700 twosomes will traverse 4 to 8 miles of Toronto terrain on foot and by public transportation as they solve 12 challenging clues in a fun quest to reach the finish line first. Sample clues and challenges from past Great Urban Races include charades, bubble-gum chewing, pig Latin deciphering, bicycle races, and word scrambles, making this race ideal for competitive eaters and cryptographers alike. Teams are encouraged to dress up in matching outfits, and prizes will be awarded for best costume. Prizes are also given for race results, with $300 going to first place, $200 to second place, and $100 to third place. The top 25 teams will qualify for the National Championship in New Orleans in November, with the top three teams receiving free entry. Each participant gets a T-shirt and postrace refreshments of fruit, granola bars, and a run through a Perrier sprinkler. Read over the rules and FAQs for more information.
Teams are encouraged to register as St. Jude Heroes to raise funds for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, and the Great Urban Race will donate $10 for every person who registers. The top raising team will automatically qualify for the National Championship, and teams raising more than $250 will receive a St. Jude Heroes cape that endows them with the powers of flight and dog whispering.
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