Jacob and I arrived at Pioneer Square this morning at 10 am to check in (everyone was required to pre-register), and were surprised at the number of people that we found! (Especially since everyone was required to "apply" for a spot in the challenge...we were all told that it wasn't guaranteed.... I find that hard to believe now! lol).
This is a view of the front of the line, from where Jacob and I started out. The line went down an entire city block, around the corner, and then into the square. I heard one of the guys behind me talking to his friend. Apparently they had spoken to some contest official prior to the big day and were told that there would only be a hundred people in the race... there were probably closer to a thousand. He said, "well, at least the odds are slightly better than the lottery". lol
|Waiting in line... not sure what to expect|
|I want the red one!|
|All suited up and ready to go!|
|Donations were taken for Doernbecher's Children's Hospital|
It worked! No rain! =)
For two hours Jacob and I walked around a (very small) section of the city trying to figure out clues sent to us via text message (the contest used a system called SCVNGR that delivered clues via text or app. It was a pretty cool system, but, like all things electronic it definite was frustrating--especially in a race setting!-- and had it's downfalls).
|Hundreds of people in blue running around this small area of downtown definitely turned some heads!|
The messages would give us an address or intersection, and then a clue/puzzle that we had to solve. For instance, the one that threw us for the biggest loop had to do with finding a "storm" above a gift card store and figuring out what "group" created the storm. We were standing outside this store for several minutes trying to find anything that remotely looked like a storm. I felt like the biggest idiot after 5-10 minutes when I looked up across the street and saw this Verizon ad:
Lots of the clues had to do with math (add the number of vowels in the building sign to the year the namesake of the building moved to Oregon), but everything was clearly in view on historical monument/building signs etc. so, even though we had a "phone a friend" on standby, we never really needed to use him.
I think we hit about 30 different clues in the two hours that we had to play. The winner was based on how many points could be obtained in two hours (each correct answer was two points). We all reported back to the square at 1:00 for the winner announcement.
|Two hours later... tired, but happy. And the sun was shining!|
We had a great time, got a lot of exercise (I'll definitely be sore tomorrow!) and got to spend some time together doing something that we don't normal do (I kind of relish those opportunities). Plus, we got to "refuel" afterward with some Buffalo Wild Wings. =)