On July 3, Luckie's Tavern (in Power Plant) will be hosting a city-wide scavenger hunt called the Baltimore Challenge. Baltimore is one of 10 cities participating in these scavenger hunts, put on by Challenge Nation. The one-day urban race starts at 3 p.m., but you can show up to Luckie's as early as 1 p.m. to pick up your pre-race packet (with clues, race-number bib, and t-shirt).
Teams of two or more individuals run around the city and try to determine the next destination by solving puzzles and deducing clues. There are a total of 12 clues in the Amazing Race-style challenge that all lead to the finish line, back at Luckie's. The first-place team is awarded with $200.
After the race, all participants are invited to an after party and awards ceremony at Luckie's, which will have food and drink specials and a chance to win additional prizes (like best costume). Proceeds from the race benefit CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Baltimore, a nonprofit agency that advocates for troubled children in the juvenile court system.
Perhaps the best part? Today, there is a Groupon available for the race—which normally costs $70 to participate—for a mere $25. (For those that don't know, Groupon is a website that offers a deal-a-day for everything, including local restaurants, bars, spas, golf courses, and, apparently, scavenger hunts. Sign up if you haven't already). Sounds like a fun way to explore the city and kick off Fourth of July weekend.
[Image from D.C.'s Challenge: courtesy of challengenation.com]