Ever watch the TV program The Amazing Race? Do you like adventure and a little friendly competition?
If you answered yes, and even if you answered no, try making an adventure race for your family and friends. It’s kind of like a scavenger hunt where teams race around your city or town collecting items on a list and completing challenges. It can be a lot of fun. Plus it’s a good way to make family reunions, birthdays, bachelor and bachelorette parties, or other celebrations more active. Here’s a step–by-step planning guide:
1. Determine how much time you have
- If you have one to two hours, set-up a race with one or two challenges and one travel destination away from the start point (the ‘travel destination’ in this case would be the house or venue of your event where you want guests to end up).
- For afternoon or full day events, set-up two to four challenges and two to three travel destinations from the start point.
2. Consider how participants will travel
- Use public transit: Finding the bus (or train) schedule, running to your stop, and then walking to your destination are all part of the adventure. Catching the right bus is key.
- Bike: Make sure everyone has a helmet and knows the rules of the road. Teams can then decide which route is fastest (or less hilly!) on their way to the next stop.
- Walk or wheel: Two feet and a heartbeat never gets old. Walking (or running) to destinations works best for smaller courses or an urban setting. Other options are skateboards or rollerblades.
3. Create challenges
I like the idea of creating a “passport” where you get a stamp or signature for each challenge. Here are some ideas of what to put on your list or passport of challenges. You can consider going with a specific theme as well.
- Call your local post office or library ahead of time and ask if participants can come in and get their passports stamped with the day’s date.
- Have each team take a group selfie with their phone in front of an iconic statue, building or landmark.
- Have teams go to a grocery store and buy a specific type of fruit. Make them put the fruit sticker in the passport as proof.
- Have a non-participating friend get the teams to fill out a crossword puzzle or answer a riddle in order to get their signature at the start of the race, along the route somewhere, or at the end location.
- Have the team complete a fitness challenge. For example, each member could do the number of squats corresponding to their age (make this easier with half squats or harder with burpees).
- At the last check point or the end, have the team create a team chant or cheer (this can be used later for some more friendly feuds!)
Creating your own “adventure race” or scavenger hunt will make lasting memories, plenty of laughs and bragging rights (for one team anyways...). The best part of it all is that time will fly by and you’ll be active the entire time.
ParticipACTION: Add fun to your weekend with an adventure day
American Heart Association: Get active with our Healthy Challenge Scavenger Hunt