How it Works

Great Urban Race is a fun and challenging puzzle where your city holds the pieces. Teams solve clues, tackle challenges and race for cash prizes in this all-out test of smarts and speed! 


After gathering at the Race Headquarters with your team, you’ll be given a clue sheet with 12 cryptic clues. Once the clock starts, you have until 5pm to complete the race. Be sure to bring your brains and your smart phone in order to decipher the clues as quickly as possible! Remember to read your clues carefully, so you don’t get penalties!



At noon, hundreds of Masterminds take to the streets to complete a variety of exciting mental and physical challenges at unique stops throughout the city. Your team is free to choose your own route as you hustle from clue to clue on foot or by using public transportation. Whichever route you choose, you’ll be sure to discover the hidden gems of your city.


You just conquered your concrete jungle; time to celebrate with your teammates and fellow Masterminds! After completing your challenges, head back to the Great Urban Race headquarters and enjoy your free drink* while the GUR staff checks your clue sheet for accuracy. At 5pm, get ready for the awards ceremony where prizes will be given to the Best Team Costume, Top St. Jude Fundraiser and Top Three Finishing Teams. The top 25 qualifying teams receive an invitation to our National Championship Race, and the top three teams will receive cash prizes and free entry to the National Championship.

*Must be 21 or older