Wednesday, August 18, 2010


Every day on the first day of school, my mom would make a scavenger hunt for us to complete when we got home from school. From the kitchen, to the bathroom, to the laundry room, to the basement, to the gerbil’s cage, to the deck, to the fireplace and back to the kitchen we’d run, eagerly anticipating finding whatever prize awaited us after the final clue. It was one of my favorite traditions that she installed in our family.

While today is the first day of school at the Loveliest Village on the Plains, and elsewhere I’m sure, that’s not why I tell you this little tale. Allow me to share with you what I’ve signed up for!

"Challenge Nashville is a one-day urban scavenger race, taking place on September 12, starting and finishing at Paradise Park (editor’s note: that’s a bar). Adults of every age, ability, and medieval guild are encouraged to participate.

During the challenge, teams of two or more individuals will run helter-skelter around the city in a frantic race for cash prizes and personal pride, with a first-place reward of $200. Not only will participants have to solve strands of interconnected clues that would test the deductive powers of even the most seasoned consulting detective, they'll need to plot spatiotemporal stratagems (editor’s note: what’s a stratagem?) while exploring undiscovered corners of the city. Although being physically fit is a plus, quick wits (editor’s note: GOT IT) and wise planning will ultimately determine the winners. Participation in the challenge gets contestants a clue packet, race-number bib, and T-shirt, and fees also help toward contributions to partner charities and the prize pool.

After the race is through and winners determined, all participants are invited to partake in an after-party and awards ceremony. Challenge participants can partake in drink specials and music while additional prizes, such as best costume, are announced. Proceeds from the race will benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee. A challenge that's equal parts fun, charity, and adventure is hard for even the most spicily seasoned cynic to resist."

Is that not the most fun thing you’ve ever heard of? If so, check the web site because they are doing it in other cities (cough Atlanta). I cannot wait! Right now, my team AKA Team Awesome consists of me, Erin, a client-turned-friend named Katie and this just in: MB is in too! We are still accepting members on Team Awesome, so if you’re in Nashville on September 12 and want to play with us, let me know.


  1. Booz Allen did this in April as a corporate team building and networking event. Guess who's team placed third?! It was a blast! Enjoy!

  2. That sounds SO fun! What a cool way to explore the nooks and crannies of your city!


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