Body Brain Lifestyle

sorta amazing race victoria

By on June 15, 2016

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.

Driving the remote control racers. I only wish it was smash up derby racers.

Driving the remote control racers. I only wish it was smash up derby racers.

Lace 2 pairs of shoes while standing behind your partner and yelling "I CANT SEE"

Lace 2 pairs of shoes while standing behind your partner and yelling “I CANT SEE”

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





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    June 15, 2016

    Your race looks very fun! I love that the old couple beat you!
    We also did a race–the Wasa Lake Triathlon. Even though it doesn’t have to be fun to be fun, it was not fun. Just damn hard. But we finished. And we may be younger next year, but we’re older today.

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      June 15, 2016

      Maybe instead of Wasa Lake you can race Tom and I in Urbacity and have REAL fun next year!
      Congratulations on your Tri!!

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    June 15, 2016

    That was awesome – good job guys!!! It looked like a LOT of fun! Also Lol at the reoccurring video of you running up that hill!

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      June 15, 2016

      Haha Net! I didn’t think anyone would notice the ‘recurring’

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    Aunty Sheryl & Uncle Louie

    June 15, 2016

    So enjoyed reading all about this adventure and better yet watching the go pro video – made us feel like we were right by your sides cheering you on ?. And yes Annette & Kerri, even Uncle Louie noticed the repeating shot of you running up that hill ? so that means your gonna have to improve your editing techniques – or just own up to it being a Canadian film ?. So looking forward to what’s in store for you and Tom with your upcoming travels – can’t wait for the stories & videos – you’ve definitely got our attention.

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    June 16, 2016

    Oh wow! Taylor and I are so in for next year. SERIOUSLY. I’ll start training now.

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    Karen Olson

    June 19, 2016

    Looks like fun!

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    June 20, 2016

    So enjoyed this post! Congrats to you both for taking on the challenge and I think 18th place is great!

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    maria marinovic wood

    June 21, 2016

    We’re in for next year!


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