On Saturday, Cory, Jamie, Emily and I participated in the Challenge Nation race in downtown Richmond. The premise of the race was just so cool, and when we found out about it a month ago, we were sold!
The race is the ultimate urban scavenger hunt that is basically the lovechild of a 5K and an adult scavenger hunt.
Each team was given a list of clues that led us to landmarks all around the Richmond area. We ran the entire course (ohmygod HILLS) but taking public transportation was permitted (but underutilized, I’m sure.)
We were allowed to use our phones, but I was surprised at how little we relied on them. Once we found our way to each clue, we were required to take a picture. The pictures had to include the landmark and all team members – this is how Challenge Nation ensures no one is cheating 😉
It was raining the entire afternoon, but we got over that surprisingly fast. Our first clue took us from the Bottom up to the Capitol building. It was a huge uphill trek, and I honestly wasn’t prepared. My chest was burning and my heart was pumping a million miles a minute. I had my first doubt of Oh shit. What did we sign up for?
No, this race did not revolve around Edgar Allen Poe. I promise.
Luckily what goes up, must come down and we were saved by a few down hill runs. Most of the clues dealt with historical landmarks (John Marshal House, businesses that call Richmond home, certain streets, etc.) but some were just plain silly and required a bit of luck.
The entire race/hunt took us right around an hour and a half to complete – and we were spent at the end! Three out of the four of us agreed that this was much more difficult than the Monument 10K we all ran back in March.
The whole stop-start running is what made it hard for me, but we did a great job as a group. We pushed ourselves up the hills and worked as a team to figure out each clue. In the end, we came in 13th out of over 80 teams!
Running this race was such a unique experience, and so much fun! I highly recommend checking to see if Challenge Nation is coming to your city. Any and all fitness types can compete, as well as children and teens. If you do it, let me know!
Let’s chat – What city do you call home?