Urban Hunt

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How is URBAN HUNT structured?
How do I get around during URBAN HUNT?
How long does URBAN HUNT take?
What if I don't finish within five hours?
Can I call friends for help?
Can I use my smart phone, GPS, laptop, or other high-tech device?
Do I have to solve the clues in order?
Can I skip any tasks?
What if I get a task wrong or accidentally miss a clue?
Do I have to dress up or wear a costume?
Do I have to know the city really well?
What does the winner get?
What should I do if there is an emergency?


How is URBAN HUNT structured?

URBAN HUNT is a scavenger hunt, similar in style to The Amazing Race. At the beginning of the event, you will receive a list of clues with 12 - 15 tasks. You must complete each of these tasks and then return to the starting line. Some of the tasks must be completed at specific locations around your city while others can be completed anywhere.

How do I get around during URBAN HUNT?

You may only travel on foot or by using public transit (metro / subway lines, city buses, etc.) in URBAN HUNT. You may not use any private transit such as cars, taxis, mopeds, bikes, rollerblades, skateboards, horses, etc. We design URBAN HUNT with the public transit system in mind, so most of the locations are within a short distance of metro and bus stops.

How long does URBAN HUNT take?

Most teams will finish between 2 and 5 hours. After 5 hours, we close our challenge locations. Our Awards Ceremony is held 5 hours after the game starts.

What if I don't finish within five hours?

That's okay! Come back to the finish line and enjoy the Awards Ceremony even if you didn't finish the entire hunt. (If you've finished all tasks when you arrive, we'll still record your check-in time.)

Can I call friends for help?

Yes! In fact, we encourage it. Many of the clues are challenging to solve, so having friends you can call to help you look up directions or information can be a big help. Many racers even have a few "Googlers" waiting on standby to help them throughout the event.

Can I use my smart phone, GPS, laptop, or other high-tech device?

Yes, you may use any electronic aids that you would like although none of these gadgets are required to complete URBAN HUNT. Many racers win with just an old fashioned map and a basic cell phone.

Do I have to solve the clues in order?

No, you can solve the clue in any order you would like. It's up to you to pick the best route to complete the clues in the shortest amount of time.

Can I skip any tasks?

Each URBAN HUNT race is different, but generally we allow teams to skip one task. There may also be some clues that are marked MANDATORY, which means that you may not skip that particular task. We will tell you at the beginning of the event what the rules are for skipping tasks.

What if I get a task wrong or accidentally miss a clue?

Missing or incorrect clues will result in a 30 minute penalty which will be added to your finishing check-in time.

Do I have to dress up or wear a costume?

We encourage teams to wear matching outfits or matching colors, to show your team unity! We also hold a Costume Contest during each event, so if you come wearing the best costumes (as determined by audience applause), you could win a prize!

Do I have to know the city really well?

Knowing your way around the certainly does help, but if you're resourceful, you will be able to find all of the locations. And no matter how well you think you know your city, keep in mind that we design URBAN HUNT so that it will take you to new places that you never even knew existed.

What does the winner get?

There are prizes for first place and best costume, and possibly other prizes. Check your URBAN HUNT's event page for details!

What should I do if there is an emergency?

If you experience an emergency, call 911 for help immediately. Remember, URBAN HUNT takes place primarily in public areas and streets and you run URBAN HUNT at your own risk. See the URBAN HUNT waiver / terms of service.

Urban Hunt, a city-wide scavenger hunt

Game Info

  • Number of teams: 10 - 500 (20 to 1000 participants)
  • Duration: 2 - 5 hours
  • Recommended Setups: 50 teams / 3 hours; 100 teams / 4 hours