Bravery is one of humankind's most sought-after characteristics, alongside wit, humor, and the ability to read a city map without pulling a hamstring. Make your species proud with today's Groupon: for $45, you get admission for a team of two to Urban Dare Adventure Race, beginning at noon on Saturday, November 19, at the Porch Swing Pub (up to a $90 value). Check-in and registration begins at 11 a.m.
Urban Dare Adventure Race is a fast-paced competition that challenges two-person teams to decipher clues, navigate the city, and perform playful stunts. Combining the bustle of a track meet with the brain-taxing sleuth work of a luge competition, the race uses a dozen trivia-based clues to lead contestants to checkpoints all over Houston. Location hunters reach their checkpoints by whatever means necessary, be it hopping a bus downtown, flying madly through a network of secret ziplines, or scuba-diving in a fountain for bus fare. At the mini destinations, racers must use a camera to document their presence or, in some cases, get their passports stamped by an event official after completing a challenge. Each team receives a pair of Urban Dare shirts to be worn throughout the race, so that they can be easily recognized by event officials as well as lamppost spies installed by competing duos.
Races generally last less than four hours, and the winners receive free entry to the next Super Dare, which has a $5,000 grand prize that allows the winners to dare each other to invest in a low-risk mutual fund. Proceeds from the race are used to help battle breast cancer.
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