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Graphic by Leone Brander (graphics contributor)

Graphic by Leone Brander (graphics contributor)

UrbaCity returns to Victoria

Already thinking about summer adventures? Look no further than UrbaCity Challenge, an adventure race where competitors use their knowledge and muscles to complete different challenges around downtown Victoria. Now in its fifth year, UrbaCity will take place on Sunday, June 7. Teams of two can register for the four-hour-long tournament, which is divided into three categories. While Brain focuses on problem-solving obstacles that test your mind, Brawn is more physically demanding. Those looking to combine their skills can sign up for Ultra, which is a combination of the two courses. Participants can be of any age or physical aptitude.

“We typically have at least 200 racers,” states Kai Davis, Communications Analyst for Urbacity’s parent company, MAXIMUS Canada, “but this year we’re expecting many more.”

Challenges from past years include Segway driving, juggling, and a noodle-eating competition. This year’s race course is top secret; teams will not receive a map until the race day. Teams can complete the obstacles in any order, as the strategy is to take the least amount of time possible. “We’re going to be working in more classic Victoria locations that locals will know and love, but also show racers some hidden gems,” declares Davis. “Let’s just say that some of the most stunning views of our city come from unexpected places.”

Proceeds raised by UrbaCity will be donated to The Prostate Centre, a not-for-profit that offers community education, outreach, and patient counseling to the greater Victoria area. Last year UrbaCity raised over $37 000, some of which allowed for over 700 men to be screened for cancer. This year, UrbaCity hopes to raise $50 000 for The Prostate Centre.

Teams of two have a minimum fundraising target of $100, while businesses forming teams of four have a minimum target of $400. Those teams who fundraise more money will get bonuses during the race such as a skip-one challenge token, or five minutes off their final time. Top fundraisers and race winners will be awarded prizes at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre at the end of the competition.

To register, go to urbacitychallenge.ca. Registration closes at midnight on May 31. In the month of April, UVic students can sign up with the coupon code EDIFY and save 20 per cent.

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