Now that the latest season of The Amazing Race has finished, any cyclist hankering for a fix of clues, challenges and competition can climb on a bike and race around downtown Boise for the Ultimate Urban Challenge, in support of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
The challenge, now in its fourth year, sends teams of four bikers on a race to 13 locations in and around downtown. The destinations are revealed by clues received after completing 17 different challenges that test physical and mental prowess. Tasks from previous years have ranged from beating roller derby teams at their own game, completing a jigsaw puzzle blindfolded and chowing down on some cooked insects (crickets taste like slightly nutty shrimp, apparently).
The race begins Saturday, June 22, at 8:30 a.m. at Boise State University's Caven-Williams Sports Complex. Medals and prizes are given for the top fund-raising teams, the race winners and the best team costumes. Just remember to stay hydrated under that Iron Man outfit.
Post-race awards will be given out in Julia Davis Park, along with a party where racers and supporters can unwind and recover with some food (regular, not insect) and drink, plus music and entertainment.
Make-A-Wish children and their families from around Idaho will be highlighted at the party and along the route to show racers where the money raised will be going.
Cyclists can register online for $75 per person, and can expect to travel 15-20 miles.