Urban Dare 2007

November 10th

The Salty Senor and I tackled Urban Dare Tempe this afternoon and wow — it was such fun! We covered 7.3 miles of running/walking/gasping across the city to reach 12 check points in 2 hours and 12 minutes. It is essentially a mini Amazing Race, complete with dares and trivia at some stops. There were probably 20 teams and we finished third. The idea was to figure out each clue and take a photo at the Tempe landmark. In order:

Clue 1: It’s the type of pass you throw when time is running out and you absolutely, positively need a touchdown. Get your picture with the place that bears this name.

Hail Mary’s! A bar on Priest Dr, north of Southern Ave.

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Clue 2: You will find your baseball dare at the intersection of CCCLXXIV divided by XXXIV and the first name of the lead singer for the Cowboy Junkies. 374/34 = 11th street and Margo!
~No photo. We had to go around a baseball bat head down 8 times and then run bases. From there…

Clue 3: This is the place to go for the tattoo that you will always be happy with. Get your picture in front of stonegerr (2 word jumble) Tattoo. No Regrets Tattoo on University, between Priest and Mill.

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(You wouldn’t know by the photo, but a scary drunk dude was trying to grab the camera away from us at this point.)

Clue 4: Go to the tenth letter of the alphabet plus the third letter of the alphabet park for your spellbound dare. JC Park on 5th and Hardy! No photo. The challenge on this one was to find letters on cards to spell a pre-assigned word. Each letter had a numeric value. To get a stamp to go forward, you had to come up with the right total for your word. This was made a wee bit more complicated because a couple little kids at the park started playing with the letters. We still figured it out quickly and moved on to…

Clue 5: Get your picture in front of the store with lady bugs and mushrooms over the door.
Anyone who’s visited Mill Ave. knows that is Hippie Gypsy!

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Clue 6:
Nearby get your picture with the well named sculpture — Above the Crowd.
This one was annoyingly difficult to find and we lost some serious time, but we did finally find it behind the Borders on Mill.

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Clue 7:
When you name musical instruments in alphabetical order, youw ould use this for the letter X. Here in Tempe, it is art. Get your picture with it.
Oy vey we got of course here and had to loop back. Xylophone bicycle rack and public art on Myrtle and Mill Ave.

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Clue 8: He equals MC Squared. Go to his eatery for your trivia dare.
(Do these people know that I eat at Einstein’s every morning? HELLO!) No photo, we completed the trivia fairly quickly. Unfortunately the two teams before us were super slow and we had to wait about 5 minutes for our turn.

On the way to the next clue, a way to make up those precious five minutes! For bonus 5 minutes, we had to get volunteers (non-racers) to perform a human pyramid. Viola — good sports on ASU campus:

Urban Dare: Score 5 extra minutes for getting volunteers to pyramid!

Clue 9: Find the Urban Dare official next to the Mars Space Flight Facility for your double dare.
Done! We had to put together a puzzle and then do three dances. Woo hoo! Found on ASU campus and moving forward to…

Clue 10: Get for your picture with the Southwest Pieta.

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Yep, I’ve walked by that thing 10,000 times when studying and never noticed it until today. Check! On to the next clue:

Clue 11: Come together at the art installation Come Together and get your team picture with it.
Lordy — another one I’ve driven past 10,000 times. That pretty metal bus stop at Broadway and Mill? Not just a bus stop, but apparently an official piece of community art too.

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Finish: Tailgate Bar and Grill, where your aim must be true on your final dare.
The grill was at Broadway and Hardy. By this time, I was exhausted. Adam shot a bullseye in darts and voila! We were done. One of the teams that beat us took the bus, which although was within the rules (as was being able to use your phone to call for help) I still think it was cheap. We ran the whole thing.
Great teamwork, great running and great planning. I can’t wait to see what they do next year!


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27 Responses

  1. My cousin did one of these here in Austin.

  2. You can kinda see the psycho drunk guy’s hand reflected in the window above our heads…That didn’t even phase us, we just kept on racing. We kicked ass!

  3. OK, that sounds like so much fun. Congrats on such a great finish, y’all!

  4. I participated in something of this sort once. We had to listen to a certain radio station for clues. It was FUN!!

  5. Kelli. Sounds like an awesome adventure. I love the pics … you seem to be really enjoying yourself!

  6. What a fantastic challenge! I think this is the most amazing race ever. I am so glad you had so much fun doing this–it really does sound like a blast.

  7. awww man, how fun!!! That’s so cool!! Good for you guys πŸ˜€

  8. Oh my gosh that looks so fun!

  9. That looks like so much fun! It would be fun to organize something like that. Hmmmmmm. Your smile reminds me of Natalie Portman’s. πŸ™‚

  10. That sounds really fun – we have an adventure race where I live, too, but I don’t know if it involves all the clues and problem solving. Maybe I should try it out next year!

  11. That sounds like so much fun!! What a great adventure (and great way to see the city in a whole new light!)

  12. Next year, take Ruby. Surely if contestants can take the bus, they could bike, right? Wrong?

    It’s a thought, anyway! Looks like a good way to spend the day in Phoenix, as long as it isn’t high summer!

  13. Too, too fun. TH and I would love to do something like this, if we were in better shape. hmm. Now I feel like I need to get out and run. Thanks a lot. πŸ™‚

  14. That sounds AWESOME!! So much fun. I was thinking of putting together a photo scavenger hunt party but I think now I may have to include some dares/challenges/trivia too! πŸ™‚

  15. That sounds like a fun time. You amaze me.

  16. Burnt-edged Muffins. I found your site thru flickr as I needed a pic of burnt edged muffins to illustrate my dabocle last night. I used the pic as I hope I gave you proper credit. I just started blogging last month. So, this is all new to me. Anyway, I just wanted to be sure I did the proper thing. I gave you credit on the site with a link to your blog.
    Anyway, now that I am here. I love your blog. Kudos on a job well done. happy blogging!

  17. I guess, I should have left the url to the pic.Here it is: http://www.christyhulsey.wordpress.com – its the top picture. Thanks again. Happy blogging and happy cooking!

  18. Love all your pics, feels like I was there with you or at least watching you from another room.
    When will you be appearing on The Amazing Race????
    You both should, for sure.

  19. Sounds like soooo much fun!

  20. Sounds like fun and your big smile is gracing all of those pictures!

  21. I thought those 2 fat guys took third place? We talked to them on the way out and they had the trophy???? Did you really take third place??

  22. It is amazing that you can run AND have the wherewithal to do all of those things including trivia and getting random passers by to form a pyramid.


    And, no wonder you’re so tired…

  23. Congratulations, you guys rock!! What a finnish. Neither of you look wiped out. you both look as fresh as when you started. I would have beed DEAD!!! congratulations again Lorie

  24. Mr Fenordener November 12, 2007

    The two dudes with their hats on backwards got 3rd place. I took their picture with the platter.

  25. Healthy fun… I had no idea the two terms went together so well! It looks like a great day.

  26. Love it! It’s amazing how much you learn about your city in such a short amount of time and how creative the ideas can be. I helped start a similar event in Portland and had so much fun coming up with the ideas but this year I wanted to be a participant. My friend Meegan and I won first place out of 30 teams! We ran most of the way even when the other teams were passing us on the bus. Great job! Glad you had so much fun. Here’s a picture of our killer trophy that we trade off. I’m thinking it was a golf trophy in a previous life. Take care.

  27. If you like UD, you’ll love High Trek Adventure. It’s kind of the same thing, but HTA awards awesome prizes and everyone gets more than just a t-shirt. Check it out at http://www.hightrekadventure.com. I’m doing the one in SF in August.