Forty-seven teams competed in Urban Hunt: Los Angeles on Sunday, in a fun-filled day of challenges, puzzles and exploring the city!

Teams came dressed as court jesters, mimes, the Mario Brothers, and their favorite movie characters from films like The Big Lebowski and A Clockwork Orange. It was a creative and motley crew to say the least…but they came ready to take on the City of Angels.

Ten teams entered our costume contest, and it came down to our two top contenders: Team Eat Fresh who wore Subway outfits (and you can guess what they were asking the crowd to eat from the picture); and Team Mime Time, who stuck in character — even though they didn’t announce their team name to the crowd, they still came away as the audience favorites. Congrats to mimes Alexandra Volkema and Katie Scheaffer for the win!

The course took teams throughout Downtown Los Angeles, from the Staples Center all the way to Little Tokyo (and to many places in between), and our top team came in with a time of just under three hours.

Congratulations Kevin and Angela Wong of team Kandawong for coming in first, with an impressive time of 2 hours and 52 minutes! They credit their win to quickly plotting out the most efficient route and following through on their plan.

Just five minutes later, the second and third place teams, One Cup of Coffee (Eric Medina and Gloria Romero-Medina) and TKO (David & Jocelyn Estiandan) finished right on each other’s heels.

For the first time in Urban Hunt history, our top three teams were all married couples — proving that having a strong relationship and good teamwork are essential ingredients to success in the hunt!

Thanks to all of our competitors on Sunday. We had a great time running the event — our fourth and final Yelp exclusive Urban Hunt event in Los Angeles!

 

Results

1. Kandawong – Kevin Wong and Angela Wong 2:52
2. One Cup of Coffee – Eric Medina and Gloria Romero-Medina 2:57
3. TKO – David Estiandan and Jocelyn Estiandan 2:57
4. Molar Militia – Lauren Young and Zack Carnow 3:09
5. C-Squared – Christine Park and Chris Park 3:10
6. Second Chances – Curtis Chan and David Ahn 3:13
7. Faded Glory – Betty Fraser and Jill Smith 3:16
8. Cubbies – Raviv Balfour and Crystal Doyle 3:18
9. Scrub A Dub Dub – Crystal Kim and Jane Kim 3:27
10. Team Boobies – Arthur Bruckler and Joan Lao 3:30
11. Getting Hitched – Chris Baron and Kim-Tieng Tear 3:30
12. Eat Fresh – Blake Landis and Jesse Overton 3:36
13. The Team That Is Way Better Than Katie and Lexy – Paul Keables and Tania Gonzalez 3:42
14. Just friends – Po Chhim and Pedram Pourmand 3:44
15. Hart Attack – Greg Hartsock and Jeannette Hartsock 3:51
16. El Duderinos – Paul Atienza and Misha Reyes 3:52
17. Browning & Associates – Talia Goldman and Carla Browning 3:57
18. Junky Jugs – Lorena Valdez and Darren Ignacio 4:14
19. Mime Time – Alexandra Volkema and Katie Scheaffer 4:21
20. Royo-Choi Dynasty – Andre Roy and Jane Choi 4:22
21. Pump-Petes – Sakanel Suos and Soronit Suos 4:25
22. D-Listers – Amy Hoang and Cindy Seto 4:28
23. Suns Out Guns Out – Bret Parsons and Kate Garrido 4:34
24. T Squared – Tai Farnsworth and Ted Barrow III 4:36
25. Boogie – Ana Vasquez and Scot Leonard 4:38
26. Compatible Units – Mark Manansala and Jomarie Garong 4:44
27. Steelers – Lloyd Lacbain and Cynthia Kim 4:44
28. Team White-T – Gina Malbas and Rosendo Mejia, Jr. 4:44
29. Lucky On A Roll – Peter Taing and Ann Kim 4:44
30. Team Clockwork – John Villalobos and Julia Martinez 4:45*
31. Fancy Pants and the Curve Armada – Cionn Villalobos and Will Wilkerson 4:48*
32. Extreme Tennis Pros – Victor Pham and Crystal Le 4:48
33. Lady and the Tramp – Danielle Gonzales and Lisa Henson 4:52*
34. kimpia – bambi kuhlman and jin chong 4:53
35. Crab Leg Crunchers – Jimmy Kang and Danny Lim 4:53
36. Luke and Leia – Chris Alexander and Lesli Lytle 4:57
37. Team Catfish – Michael Taing and Cijae Kai 5:00
38. Mo ROYbots! – Roy Mananquil and Monique Magbuhos 5:02
39. THE CONVICTS – Fabiola Marquez and Fulvert Pineda 5:07*
40. PWNED – Lenin Villavicenzio and Bella Pineda 5:08*
41. FUN-da-MENTAL – Jennifer Thurston and Juan Perez 5:10
42. Mario Bros – Lily Vi Pham and Trami Tran 5:23**
43. Scoobie Crew – Jimenez Ray and Martinez Natalie 5:38**
44. JW – Jeff Macalino and Wendy Paulino 6:03**
45. Magnitude Cheer – Janae Cardona and Milton Cardona DNF
46. Hada – Harold Avila and Diana Aquino DNF
47. Anong Gusto Mo – Johnson Khun and Karmita Chan DNF

*Teams who received a time penalty for incomplete or incorrect clues.

 

Photos

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This Saturday was our biggest Los Angeles Urban Hunt yet, with 80 teams competing in a fun-filled scavenger hunt through Downtown LA!

Teams came dressed as Tweedle-Dee and Tweedle-Dum, Pok√©mon Trainers, Angry Birds, Batman & Robin, Reggae singers, Dr. Seuss’s Thing 1 & Thing 2, disco dancers, Legends of the Hidden Temple contestants and more, so it certainly was a lively group of characters hunting through Los Angeles.

Fifteen teams entered the costume contest, and after an audience vote, it came down to three finalists: Team We Are Right Here (wearing Where’s Waldo? outfits), The Newlyweds (dressed as a bride and groom), and Peanut Butter Jelly Time (who each dressed up as half of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, inspired by the famous internet video of the same name).

In the end, Peanut Butter Jelly Time, Jade Ku and Lisa Horgash, came away as the audience favorite. Congrats on the win, ladies!

The course took teams on a whirlwind tour of LA, through many of LA’s melting pot of ethnic neighborhoods — Mexican, Japanese, Chinese and Middle Eastern — and to find many of Downtown LA’s famous art monuments.


In the end, Jessica Stockton and Joshua McVey of team We are Right Here completed the hunt in the fastest time, with an impressive time of 2 hours and 34 minutes. Dressed as Where’s Waldo? characters, they said they got picked out of crowds all over town as they raced through the course.

Second place went to Team PegMo, Peggy Su and Monica Ravizza; and Third Place went to Team Mootenburg, Elizabeth Moothart and Adam Hattenburg.

The top three teams credit taking a good route and strategically using public transit to their wins.

We had a great time running this Urban Hunt, and we hope you had a great time too!

 

 

Results

1. We are Right Here – Jessica Stockton and Joshua McVey 2:34
2. PegMo – Peggy Su and Monica Ravizza 2:45
3. Mootenburg – Elizabeth Moothart and Adam Hattenburg 2:48
4. Winning…duh! – Jessica Jorgensen and Jeanne Jorgensen 2:49
5. The Tweedles – Claudia Tjuatja and Kelly Kaye 2:51
6. Lumark – Luann Chou and Mark Gustafson 2:54
7. Bronx Bombers – Gregory Gerardo and Angie Mott 2:56
8. Fun Galore – Mario Rivas and Kimberly Patterson 2:56
9. The Dogg Pound – Jami Rudofsky and Stacey Levy 3:00
10. Everybody Loves Bob Marley – Kevin Tjho and Kevin Noertker 3:01
11. Bad Day to be Wearing Green – Calvin Ting and Matt Czubakowski 3:01
12. The Fotzinators – Jason Foltz and Lindsay MacFarland 3:01
13. Spite and Anger – Helga Buszta and Brian McAneny 3:02
14. Did I Swallow? – Hedy Lavinsky and Jason Lavinsky 3:02
15. Sweet Lemonade – Marc McFarland and Haissel Neira 3:02
16. Peanut Butter Jelly Time – Jade Ku and Lisa Horgash 3:04
17. Tine & Topher – Christopher Balik and Christine Kha 3:05
18. Denis & Jeri – Jeri Xu and Denis Shmidt 3:06
19. crutchy-face – Andrew Lim and Mary Kiang 3:07
20. Via dei Neri – Steve Miller and Andrew Schuster 3:13
21. Las Ratas – Pedro Abreu and Valeria Pia 3:13
22. ESYLVESTER – Scott Escarze and Michelle Sylvester 3:14
23. Smores – Erin Brett and Christian Denhart 3:17
24. Bonnie and Clyde – Avril Love and Dwayne Love 3:20
25. Team USA – Danny Susca and Robin Paige 3:22
26. TEAM DUNNIES – PHILLIP SHU and JOYCE ONG 3:23
27. Mother Funkers – Sarah Zimny and Bonnie Miller 3:24*
28. TEAM CL – Cindy Lou and Christopher Ledesma 3:26
29. The Sweet Tarts – Flo Lysaght and Diana Bayless 3:29
30. Winland – Mark Landouw and Lisa Landouw 3:32
31. Tiger’s Blood – Michael Maglonso and Christina Aguila 3:33
32. What Would Chuck Norris Do? – Erin Gil and Rainier Tablante 3:33
33. Madagascar-Avengers – Joriandra Coute and Crysta Arce 3:34
34. Cantervores – Diana Westmyer and Genesis Velarde 3:34
35. The Blue Barracudas – Caitlin Couey and Kathryn Imler 3:36
36. Team Johnson – Neil Johnson and Lynn Johnson 3:36
37. CorKey – Cori Spellman and Keyonna Taylor 3:36
38. The Go Gettas – Marlon Yates and Shaunie O 3:37
39. Speunher – Eunha Kim and Jeff Spears 3:37
40. Team What?!? – Dennis Mertzanis and Susan Chang 3:38
41. Friends4Life – Stephanie Pitts and Carla Elchebegian 3:39
42. Cops & Robbers – Eric Chung and Nora Betancourt 3:44
43. OG – Queenie Garcia and Elficer Garcia Jr. 3:51
44. H-Shizzle – Eric Grollman and Meryl Villas 3:51
45. Tean ESS-TI-EM-ESS – Tony Polanco and Annabelle Santos 3:51
46. Clapper Chicks – Andrea Fruits and Meliza Mayo 3:52
47. The Cheesebombs – Kristin Pagkanlugan and Spencer Putz 3:55
48. Lost In LA – Kathy Chan and Jaclyn Trias 3:57
49. Chocolate Stink Stars – Jessie Genie and Baldemar “MIKO” Garcia 3:59
50. Tree & Shade – Ann Schade and Andy Ochiltree 4:00**
51. Slayer – Chris Germano and John Elder 4:00
52. Fried Rice and Frijol – Bryan Phan and Cecilia Crisantos 4:01
53. Serge and Destroy – Sergio Meza and Daniel Lucas 4:02
54. Invincible – Vanessa Avilez and Jacqueline Avilez 4:02
55. No Name – Crystal Garcia and Jamie Gonzalez 4:17
56. Thing 1 & Thing 2 – Charlotte Lucich and Christina Fumia 4:17
57. Team Estacio – Raymond Estacio and Maria Ledesma 4:22
58. Green Team – Laura Delgado and Cindy Chavez 4:25
59. The D.I.N.K.S – Richard Alegria and Mary Alegria 4:28
60. Anything But Last – Elaine Nguyen and Dan Vu 4:29
61. Leslie & Suzy – Leslie Rose-Dethloff and Suzy Oliver 4:32
62. Team Chopsticks – Sophan Im and Reth Thach 4:43*
63. NeilAshaAaA – Neil Raj and Asha Patel 4:51
64. Forza Fiorentina! – Jose Sanchez Jr. and Angelica Marquez 5:02
65. M&M – Mark Hardison and Miranda Hardison 5:07
66. The Amazing Race-ists – Candice Yang and Stephanie Mills 5:13**
67. Sharma-Soliman – Pearlina Sharma and Rachelle Soliman 5:16*
68. The Winning Half – Katrina Lambakis and Sheila Morales 5:16*
69. H.R. Puff & Stuff – Elisa Atwood and Benjamin Atwood 5:37***
70. Aurum – Angie Burns and Eric Burns 5:48**
71. Thing Team – Morgan Ryan and Michelle Guaglianone 5:57**
72. Yellow Kitty! – Rebecca Nasrani and Maria Pramudito DNF
73. Funny Bones – Spencer Reitz and Kristin Pagkanlungan DNF
74. L.A. Jags – Harrison Wolf and Nicole Cervi DNF
75. Zeek & Dora – Zayra Garduno and Ria Yambao DNF
76. Chan Fun – Chris Ledesma and Cindy Lou DNF
77. Brown-Mean – Angela Mean and Tracy Brown DNF
78. Where’s Walnum? – Michelle Montiel and Roxy Walnum DNF

*Teams who received a time penalty for incomplete or incorrect clues.

 

Photos

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It was a fun Sunday Urban Hunt yesterday, when twenty-three teams of Yelpers competed in an exclusive Yelp hunt! Contestants ranged in age from 13 years old to 67, so we had quite a bit of age diversity among a very competitive group racers. Teams included pirates, a Team P.M.S. (“Potty Mouth Sistas”), and even two Charlie Sheen-inspired teams that happened to pick the same team name: “Duh, Winning!”

Our costume contest ended up going to team Ships Ahoy, a pair of pirates who swashbuckled their way around Downtown LA and took many great photos of themselves doing various pirate hijinx throughout the city. The runners-up were Team P.M.S., whose funny t-shirts and outgoing attitudes almost got them the win.

In the first time in Urban Hunt history, we had an all-female team come in first place! The winning team was Shannon and Melissa Sardella, of team Forza Sardella. They credit their win to their Italian roots, and they wore matching t-shirts adorned with Italian flags and other symbols of Italy.

Second place went to teams DFU (Danielle Deveau & Lorenzo Patricio), who are friends and kickball teammates.

Third went to WoMo (Jim Taney & Danielle Lay), who wore Lakers shirts in support of their favorite LA basketball team.

At the finish line, teams turned Big Wangs into quite an after party, so thanks to everyone who stuck around!

We had a great time running this Urban Hunt, and we hope you had a great time too.

 

Results

1. Forza Sardella – Shannon Sardella & Melissa Sardella 2:54
2. DFU – Danielle Deveau & Lorenzo Patricio 3:02
3. WoMo – Jim Taney & Danielle Lay 3:04
4. Duh, Winning! – Brian Habermann & Annie Habermann 3:10
5. Outsourced – Amish Majmundar & Jessica Lau 3:13
6. Duh…Winning! – Tuanhuy Nguyenba & Christina Chan 3:12
7. Celtic Ninjas – Hazel Paraoan & John Brookins 3:19
8. The Charles Barkleys – Sergio Ponce & Audrey Keebaugh 3:22
9. The Goths – John Wiersma & Zachary Norris 3:33
10. Ships Ahoy – Narek Der-Sahakian & Narineh Shahinian 3:45*
11. ISFLY – Joye Swan & Sean Brandle 3:59
12. Vicious & Delicious – Bernadette Tomas & Patrick Tomas 3:52
13. Da Sistas – Marisa Chien & Elena Chien 3:56
14. Threat Level Midnight – Elizabeth Landau & Nick Davis 4:00
15. Liu-Lee – Roseanney Liu & Sheley Lee 4:02*
16. Team PMS (Potty Mouth Sistas) – Luci DeRose & Sandee Mata 4:14
17. The Honey Badgers – Natalie Vratney & Kelly Rossi 4:15
18. The Most Interesting Team in the World – Aaron Meadows & Caramie Huntington 4:24
19. Houdini’s Hunters – Ira Astrachan & Lee Rachel 4:25
20. The Juicehead Gorillas – Asher Kuny & Shara Krosby 4:45
21. Lige Gore Det! – Kurt Peterson & Melissa Peterson 4:50
22. Team Awesome – Tiffany & Karen 5:00
23. The Stinky Skanks – David Lee & Nammie Doan Nguyen 5:16

*Teams who received a time penalty for incomplete or incorrect clues.

 

Photos

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LOS ANGELES – Nearly 60 teams competed in our first Yelp exclusive Urban Hunt this Saturday in Los Angeles. Competition was fierce for the coveted first place medals, as teams set out on a course that took them to Hollywood and all over Downtown.

Teams included The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Waldo and Wanda of “Where’s Waldo” fame, construction workers and Double Dare contestants.

Our costume contest was one of the most competitive we’ve ever had, with twelve teams entering. Some of the finalists included a “Winning” Charlie Sheen, a pair of Blue Jeans, Doctors with “I’m a real Dr. [Pepper]” shirts, and a team covered head to toe in neckties. In the end, the winners were Team J2 with their “Hung Like a Horse” / Sugar Mama ensemble. Great job to everyone with their costumes!

After an afternoon of testing their wits on LA’s public transit system, our top team, The Amazing DelaTorries came in with an impressive time of 2 hours 57 minutes.

They just barely edged out second place team Big Paw and the truYing, who reached the finish line before them, but hadn’t quite finished their final clue. The top two teams shared their secret formula with us after the race: they are both couples with a five year old kid, both men were 39 years old, and both wives were marathon runners. They definitely proved it’s a winning formula.

Third place was a three-way tie between Team TP, The Basque Teens and Blynsey, friends who worked together as a 6-person mega team throughout the day.

Thanks to everyone who competed!

 

 

Results

1. The Amazing DelaTorries – Dave Dettore & Allison Dettore 2:57
2. Big Paw and the trueYing – Trish Ying & Jerry Ying 3:01
3. TP – Russell Dahlberg & Kathryn Kulish 3:19
4. The Basque Teens – David Axelgard & Danielle Boinay 3:20
5. Blynsey – Brandon Folkman & Lynsey Davis 3:20
6. Ratso Rizzo – Peter Phillips & Christina Kim 3:23
7. Shidoshi Tanaka – Jacqueline Mante & JR Rigor 3:26
8. Tiger Balm – Lloyd Lee & Jen Tran 3:43
9. Ghetto Birds – Amy Garrett & Rose Shannon 3:44
10. Waldos – Sabrina Landworth & Nick Roberts 3:44
11. Victorious Secret – Ashley Diestel & Maggie Sanchez-Corea 3:45
12. The Winners – Marcy Schaubeck & Matthew Schaubeck 3:58
13. Rising – Nick Tran & Keren Chung 3:58
14. Ivan & Connie – Connie Vuong & Ivan Liu 3:58
15. Dynamic Duo – Taylin Tran & Quang Nguyen (1106?) 3:58
16. Jello – Lewis Yang & Jill Chang 4:01*
17. The Ninjas – Ann Shih & Noel Alday 4:02
18. Girls Just Want to Have Fun – Elaine Wang & Grace Jeng 4:02
19. Fang Bangers – Blake Adams & Ashley Dirks 4:02
20. SLO Sistas – Carla Martin & Lilly Acuna 4:03
21. Team Rarson – Erin Regan & Kris Larson 4:05
22. Muy Tie – Jeremy Norried & Richard Davis 4:09
23. Pair of Blue Jeans – Jennifer Tisor & Charles Norrid 4:11
24. The Engineers – Shaneen Rowe & Becky Wachs 4:17
25. J^2 – Julie Cheung & Josh Lovison 4:24
26. Team 1094 4:24
27. Doctors – Elizabeth Tsay & Robert Gire 4:28
28. The Sexy Stemis – Mimi Nguyen & Stephen Li 4:33
29. Victorious Ninjas – Elaine Reodica & Victor Shyu 4:33
30. Mostly Penguins – Erisa Hines & Tony Vanelli 4:40
31. Awesome – Jubel Chen & Alice Wang 4:41
32. Clueless Geniuses?!? – Sean Kobayashi & Michelle Kobayashi 4:44
33. Team Bobbyan – Robert Mo & Yan Wang 4:45*
34. Bromance – Brian Nguyen & Garry Trinh 4:48
35. Savage Thrills – William Baier & Savannah Watson 4:49
36. Charlie Sheen (We’re Winning) – Tim Malott & Janice Varney-Hamlin 4:49
37. Red Devils – Rashma Agarwal & Sree Pinnamaneni 4:56
38. Roller Dirby Dolls – Yves Pham & Sally Ly 4:58
39. ASAP – Andrew Santiago & Angelic Peralta 5:06
40. Aubaru – Santhony Shawn & Richard Lee 5:15
41. Who Dat – Jenny Himel & Norman Himel 5:17
42. Seanelle – Sean Wang & Michelle Yu 5:23
43. Huffles & Whoozies – Kevin Saito & Kristen Duvall 5:23
44. Double Trouble – Kelly Carter & Marhs Reed 6:00**
45. Apps R Us – Kathleen Niemeyer & Kenneth Elowe 6:18***
46. Slightly Disabled – John Bates & Kristin Saito 6:26***
47. Team Gire – Mike Gire & Jennifer Gire 6:48***
48. The Inspector Gadgets – Danielle Woo & Megan Albertson 7:04****
49. Dream Team – Katherine Trujillo & Kelly Soto 7:05****
50. Gals At Work – Clara Chau & Irene Kan
51. The Sius – Kenny Siu & Catherine Siu
52. The Mad Hatters – Anand Gupta & Anu Gupta
53. JoMauMau – Joice Huang & Maureen Hsu
54. TR – Wendy Levitt & JR Weinberg
55. The Geeks – James Schaubeck & Erica Lopez
56. Lost and Confused – Debi Landrie & Nicole Polk
57. Awesome Possum – HongDao Nguyen & Franco Romualdez
58. Hallelujah Hollaback – Daniel Yi & Luke Lee

* Teams incurring time penalties for incomplete or incorrect clues. A time penalty of 30 minutes was added for each skipped clue.

 

Photos

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Yelpers: If you bought a voucher, click here to register for Urban Hunt.

 

Reality Rush is teaming up with Yelp! to bring four special URBAN HUNT events to Los Angeles in the coming month. You will be able to purchase tickets on Yelp! Los Angeles this week at a special discount rate of just $69 per two person team.

Sign up for the Urban Hunt Yelp Deal (This deal ended at midnight on March 25th.)

 

WHAT YOU GET:

  • 2 Tickets to URBAN HUNT: Los Angeles, an exciting afternoon version of The Amazing Race where teams of two solve puzzles and compete in challenges. A guaranteed fun way to see LA like you’ve never seen it before!
  • Tickets are available exclusively through Yelp! Dates are 4/9, 4/10, 4/30 and 5/1.
  • $200 prize for 1st place finishers, and $50 gift certificate awarded for best team costumes

 

STARTING/FINISH LINE INFORMATION:
Schedule and starting/finish line information for each of our four hunts:
11:00am – 11:45am – Check-in
12:00pm – 5:00pm – URBAN HUNT

Saturday, April 9th and April 30th
Casa Cocina Y Cantina
350 S Grand Ave
Two California Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90013

Sunday, April 10th and May 1st
Big Wangs Downtown
801 S Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90017