The Amazing NY Race (Manhattan)
What I liked...
- The focus of the race was on getting the most points within a set time limit by completing as many picture challenges as you could.
- You were given a bunch of photo clues (6 or 7), that you had to identify, find, and take pictures with. One example is the Jewish Tailor statue over in the garment district.
- In addition to the photo clues, you were also given a list of items to find that would add 5 points to your final score. You could do as many or as few of these as you wanted, but you were bound to come across at least a handful just as you ran around. A couple examples: (1) a man wearing pink (2) a person wearing camouflage (3) balloons
- Similar to the Amazing Race television show, we were given a road block challenge, where you had to choose between two tasks.
- Public transportation in NYC is MUCH BETTER than in Philadelphia!
- There was an opportunity to head back to the starting point mid-race to play board games for even more points. One of our friends' teams did it, and got ~30 extra points!
- There was a clearly defined beginning and end time, so you weren't running ALLLLL DAYYYYY
- There was a mixer-type game before the race started that also allowed you to get extra points
- We got a two-for-one deal coupon from Buywithme.com
- Our starting point was in a small NYC bar, that wasn't large enough to comfortably fit everyone.
- No free swag =(
- No free food/water
- Prizes weren't clearly defined
High Trek Adventures/CitySolve Urban Race (Philadelphia)
What I liked...
- It was my first race like this, so I had no idea what to expect
- Everyone got a free t-shirt when you finished
- We also got a two-for-one deal coupon, but I don't remember from where
- You're allowed creativity when completing items
- The location of all of the clues were in places where public transportation didn't go... so we ended up walking/running EVERYWHERE. I was so exhausted, I felt like passing out/throwing up
- Some of the clues weren't things that were more or less common knowledge, so it was difficult to figure out.. For example, one of the places we had to find was an Irish bar called Finn McCool's, and the clue associated with it made NO SENSE to us or anyone we asked.
- After first place weren't anything to get excited about... a messenger bag to second place, first place got a spot in the "big" race in Las Vegas
- The race was time based... the team that finished all/the most clues in the shortest amount of time won. I was so busy being exhausted that I didn't enjoy the race as much as I did.