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Team scavenger hunt to explore DTLA neighborhoods in CityRace

By Hayley Fox
Published: Wednesday, April 10, 2013, at 08:55AM
Philip Rodak

Yumio Dornberg in Chinatown's Central Plaza during a previous race.

A series of city scavenger hunts will snake through Downtown over the next few months, in an event organizers say is inspired by TV show The Amazing Race.

CityRace Urban Adventure Hunts takes teams of two to four players and pits them against each other as they compete in a type of scavenger hunt throughout DTLA neighborhoods. Part Jeopardy and part obstacle course, each event takes about three hours and costs $40 per person to participate.

"Along the way, players will use brainpower, strategy and teamwork to crack codes, solve tricky puzzles, uncover little-known facts and more... all while racing against other teams to be first to the finish with the most correct answers," says CityRace.

At the start of each race, teams get a packet of clues that lead them to various parts of Downtown neighborhoods. Each race is focused on a specific area, from Little Tokyo to Olvera Street, Chinatown and South Park. Over the next few months, a total of six races will be focused on Downtown.

Teams follow the packet of clues to discover different locations, and once you arrive at this secret spot you have to answer a question about it to prove your team found it (there is no honor system here.) Game organizers say some hunts are more than a roving trivia game, and give teams extra points for collecting certain items from the location, or taking specific photos.

This CityRace began in 2004 when L.A. resident John Hennessy decided to make a more accessible version of The Amazing Race.

"So many people (myself included) would love to apply to be on shows like The Amazing Race but can't afford to take that much time off from their lives," he said in a statement. "This is a way to do something similar in just one day - without having to quit your job and leave home for months."

Hennessy said that future plans for the race include an overnight, two-day race that will travel outside of L.A. County.

"Developing each race has also been a very rewarding way to explore the L.A. area," he said. "I am awed by the incredible variety and diversity of people, places and activities one can find in this region. Every year I think, 'that's it...we'll never be able to come up with another new race.' And yet every year we do!"

Below is the complete breakdown of dates and locations of the Downtown races:

Downtown L.A: Center of the City of Angels Saturday, April 20 at 10 am

Secrets of Little Tokyo Saturday, April 27 at 10 am

Quest for the Keys- South Park Saturday, May 18 at 10 am

Olvera Street, El Pueblo and Beyond Sunday, May 19 at 11 am

The Great Chinatown Hunt Saturday, June 22 at 10 am

LA Metro Art Adventure Saturday, June 29 at 10 am

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