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Arts & Culture Family Featured Fara Illich February 25, 2010

Urban scavenger hunts have taken off nearly as fast as Wile E. Coyote after Roadrunner.
startThis weekend, one of the Big Daddy’s of them all is coming to Downtown Phoenix. On Saturday, February 27th, CitySolve Urban Race will take you and a team partner on a crazy quilt adventure across the Valley.
Think Trivial Pursuit meets Amazing Race, and you’ve got the essence of this one-day, high-octane adventure. To participate, partner up with a buddy or loved one, then register at this site. The cost is $50 per person through 5 p.m. on Friday, and $60 per person on race day.
Check-in begins at 11 a. m. at Coach & Willie’s and the race begins at noon. Your team will navigate Valley neighborhoods on foot or by public transportation, trying to solve clues built around pop culture, American history, anagrams and more. It’s not all brainwork, since you’ll also take part in all kinds of offbeat experiences like building a house of cards.
So, what will you get for all this? Judging by the photos, a genuinely fun, once-in-a-lifetime adventure that will test your brainpower and daring. And yes, you’ll get your own T-shirt and race number, which entitles you to say, “I took part in CitySolve Urban Race and all I got was”…well, you know the rest.
The top 25 teams will qualify for the national championship, so you’ve got a shot at going for the big prize, which is $5,000. For the Phoenix race, there are prizes for first, second and third place, plus $50 gift certificates for “Best Uniforms” and “Best Tweet,” among others.