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Nashville Urban Dare

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I’ve done a few running races in the past year, but nothing has compared to the Urban Dare. And yesterday, Urban Dare (basically a city-wide scavenger hunt) was in Nashville. Meghan and I teamed up, as well as Christen and Will, really having only a vague idea of what we were getting into. We gathered at Dan McGuiness on Demonbreun, along with about 200 other teams, registered, and waited for instructions to be given.

Pre-race happy competitors

Ready to dominate

Each team is given 11 clues….we decipher the clues to figure out where to go (thank you smartphones!!), then decide the order in which to go to them. Teams can travel on foot or by bus only. I’ll give you clues in the order we completed them, along with the picture. Some of the clues also require completing a dare.

Clue #7: Steve McQueen starred as Captain Virgil Hilts in this movie. Get your picture in front of the establishment with this name. Answer: The Great Escape (record store)

Clue #4: Get your picture with Owl’s Lookout. Answer: statue in front of Peabody Library

Clue #10: Find the Urban Dare official by the building with the quote “The brain is wider than the sky” for your bubble dare. Answer location: Buttirck building on the Vandy campus. The dare was to find a piece of Bubblicious covered in cool whip (with your mouth) then chew and blow a bubble. I had the honor of doing this one!

Clue #2: Nashville’s newest frozen yogurt store officially opened for business on Friday. Get your picture in front of it. Answer: Pinkberry

2 minute bonus: Get your picture with a neon sign that says “free smells”.


Clue #6: “I gave my best to make a better world” is the inscription on a local memorial. Go there for your scrabble stick dare. Using the numbers on the scrabble sticks, add up the value of the letters in the word on your passport. Answer location: World War I memorial in Centennial Park. Our word was CONFIDENTIAL and the total was 152. [We lost a little time on this one; and no picture!]

Clue #8: He is most famous for painting the Sistine Chapel. Get your picture in front of his restaurant. Answer: Michaelangelo’s pizza!

Clue #11: According to Joe Hill’s song The Preacher and the Slave, you will get this when you die. Get your picture with the establishment that goes by this name. Answer: Pie in the Sky

Clue #3: Get your picture with the sculpture Three Red Lines. Answer location: The Frist Center for the Visual Arts

Clue #1: PHOTO HUNT – Take a picture of someone not in the race doing a cartwheel. AND a picture of 4 people not in the race posed as if they were shooting a bow and arrow.

Clue #9: Get your picture with this downtown mural [picture was on our sheet]. You’ll find it near all the live music joints. Answer: on the side of Legends (honky-tonk)

Clue #5: Go to Roy Orbison’s star on the Music City Walk of Fame for your wheelbarrow dare. Dare was to complete a loop doing the wheelbarrow with teammate.

Finishing time: 1 hour, 37 minutes.

Finishing place: 10th!!!!!! (don’t forget…around 200 teams total)

This really was one of the most fun things I have done in a really long time. And it was even better getting to do it with my roomie!!

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3 thoughts on “Nashville Urban Dare

  1. That sounds like amazing fun! Wish they did stuff like that in the UK!

  2. Sounds like you had a good time. Look for CitySolve Urban Race coming to Nashville in 2012 and to the UK in 2011! Yeah for London!!!

  3. I was thinking about doing that! So glad you had a good time!!

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