San Francisco - Saturday, February 22, 2014
* denotes team qualified for the National Championship
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Race Day Recap
Congratulations to all Masterminds in San Francisco who conquered the Great Urban Race! Participants started their adventure at The Chapel and then went on to discover the hidden clues in their city. Masterminds completed a variety of unique activities that required quick thinking, problem-solving, and physical tenacity!
Throughout the day our participants learned a few belly dancing moves at Fat Chance Belly and put their singing skills to the test by doing karaoke onstage with KJ Paul Karaoke. Keeping a feather up in the air at Noe’s Nest and balancing a knitting needle at ImaginKnit were also a few favorites throughout the day.
We’d like to give big high-fives to our first, second, and third place teams who all receive a free entry to the 2014 National Championships in Vancouver where they’ll have the chance to compete for $10,000 in cash prizes. In first place, we had Tweedles finishing in 1:25! Finnsters finished in second with a time of 1:34:17 and Team VignetteKD was right behind grabbing the third place spot at 1:34:35 on the dot!
Thanks to all of the teams who dressed up and brought some added spirit to the day. A special shout out goes to Team Mercy for winning the costume contest! We would also like to thank our St. Jude volunteers, all of our clue locations, and of course all of our amazing Masterminds. The GUR Crew had such a fantastic time and we hope to see you again on August 9th in Vancouver!
With Team The Tweedles (Short for Tweedle Dumb and Tweedle Dumber
How many times have you participated in Great Urban Race and are you past a champion?
We’ve participated in all San Francisco GURs since its inception, so 8 in total plus two Vegas Great Urban Race Championships where we qualified for the Elite 8 race.
When you open your clue sheet, what is your first step?
Find a shady location to engage in some quiet concentration. Our strategy is different each time, but this time we were pretty aggressive. We solved a couple clues and then started running.
Did you use public transportation during the race?
No not this time. We tried to take the most efficient running route and ran 6.2 miles throughout the course.
Did you utilize ground support or a phone-a-friend? If yes, how do you choose your team?
Yes! Reliable ground support comes in handy for a race like this. Rich Brag has been our go to ground support for several years now. He’s the founder of cluekeeper.com which is an online tool for puzzle/treasure hunts like this one, so he’s pretty much an expert in things like this.
Did anything set you back today?
We definitely ran a pretty clean race. We were able to skip the clue that we had already ran past so we didn’t need to back track at all. Aside from that, we had a pretty hard time at the “how well do you know your teammate” clue. Considering the fact that we’re brothers, that should have been a little easier than we made it.
What was your favorite challenge?
It was fun getting up on stage and doing the karaoke even though neither of us can sing.
What’s your team motto?
“Don’t Lose the Clue Sheet”
What role do each of you play on the team?
We alternate each race between who’s Tweedle Dumb and who’s Tweedle Dumber, but in general Charlie is the squabbler and Justin is the control freak.
Any words of wisdom to future racers?
Have fun! Even “Dumb” people can win!