On Sunday, Tom and I competed in the Urbacity Race which is basically a race like Amazing Race except you don’t leave downtown Victoria and it’s one day. Thank God.
The race was fantastic. The weather was perfect. My racing partner was excited.
We signed up as Ultra Racers. Because if you’re going to sign up for something for the first time, why not sign up in the hardest category? There were categories of Brain or Brawn also, but we thought we were good enough to do both.
They gave us a map of 20 checkpoints that we had to hit in any order that we wanted. That means we had to agree on a strategy. No problem. Problem.
We finally sorted that out and got down to business.
The challenges included rallying both a volleyball and a ping pong ball a certain amount of times. Sounds easy enough except it should be noted that Tom and I play these sports and it feels almost impossible to just play nice with each other for the good of the team. Sometimes you just want to SMASH IT!
We got to eat some beavertails (delish), do some archery, build a puzzle, complete some trivia, build a stretcher, complete a zumba routine, paddleboard, change a bike tire, ride a Segway and race some remote control cars. There was some tricky-must communicate or fail challenges as well. Like walk on two pieces of 2×4 together (like skis). And YELL at the top of your lungs left, right, left I SAID LEFT and WHY ARE YOU GOING SO FAST.
Turns out we ran about 20km. Hahaha, just kidding. We went 20km on our feet. Tom had this great little trick he would do which is wait for me to catch up to him then start running again.
Embarrassing fact I shouldn’t be telling you. At one point, near the end, we were walking up a hill and this old couple is on the other side of the street-running. It killed Tom, but I just couldn’t run anymore. Yes. They passed us. And yes, they beat us to the finish line.
So we didn’t get first. Or second. We finished in 3 hrs 51 minutes. We got 18th. (those old people got 17th) Out of 39 teams.
It was a super fun experience. The only thing that would make it better is racing against some friends. Anyone want to come out next year and give it a try?
Also! A big thanks to those that donated to the Island Prostate Cancer Society. The money donated goes directly to services for men affected by prostate cancer. They raised $50,000 for the charity.
And yes, we wore the go pro(battery ran out halfway) And I made a video. Watch it here The race