Wednesday, May 12, 2010

The Great Milwaukee Race

I just signed up for a unique race that takes place in Milwaukee this June. It does involve running but that is not all of it. It is called The Great Milwaukee Race. It is the brainchild of a friend of mine who is part owner of InStep Running and Walking Center who is also the Race Director of the InStep Icebreaker Indoor Marathon.

This race is a like a distant cousin of the Amazing Race on CBS but on a small scale and lasting only 3 hours or so. Here is what it is. You create a team of 2 to 4 people who do the race together. You are required to solve 10 clues to different locations around the downtown Milwaukee area and then get to them either on foot or by public transportation (buses). Once at the clues location, the team must complete a challenge which could be mental or physical and range from deciphering codes, word searched, 3-legged race, wheel barrow race, etc. There is no set course to run and no set order to go to the clues so that is part of the challenge. The organizers think it will take between 2 to 4 hours to complete and total distance should be between 6 to 8 miles. The team finishes the race at a local bar for food and fun. Each team member gets a tshirt that we are required to wear during the race. There were many colors to choose from for the team, we chose Green.

My team will include my friends Mike and Paul. It sounds like an interesting race so I am excited to see what it will be like. The race is on Saturday, June 19th and I will definitely post all about it. If it is like the Icebreaker Indoor Marathon in quality, it will be an awesome event.

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