Enjoy the following:
The best of downtown Columbia,
the secrets of Columbia's parks,
door prizes and free stuff,
post-race party at Shakespeare's,
the most crazy fun ever!
Required Team Equipment:
Bike and helmet (one for each member of the team!)
Water bottle or camel pack
Backpack for gear
Digital camera (must photograph sections of the event
Recommended Team Equipment:
Running shoes * Sun glasses
Digital video camera *
Get out of jail free card * Rain Jacket
If you are looking for an ultra-intense, painful race, this isn't it! If
you are looking for a fun, social event that is both physically and mentally
challenging, then...ROCK ON!
Although the details are "top secret" until the start of
the event, we can tell you that you will do things that you have never
Some words from Mayor Darwin Hindman
"Columbia is an awesome city. It is the perfect place
for the Urban Adventure Race. Columbia is filled with people
who love life and activity. It has a wonderful park, trail
and sidewalk system which is growing every day. It is a green
city with a fun-filled downtown. Columbians will love the
Mayor's Cup; you might say it is Columbia's cup of tea."
Office Warriors Carson and Williams of the
Future Solutions Clan
--Outfitted with the traditional warrior’s attire, and armed only with
what weapons they could find, Derek (Carson) and Chris (Williams) were sent
back in time to prevent the apocalypse that had shaped their meager existence. The
elders of the clan determined that the road to armageddon started at the
first Mayor’s Cup, October 13, 2007, which set off a butterfly effect that
would eventually envelope the human race in darkness. These photos
document their odyssey.
Event report from one of the survivors
Sunday, October 14, 2007
The race was divided into three sections. The first was on foot downtown
and included challenges such as guessing the middle name of the proprietor
of Ninth Street Deli, a one minute air guitar session on the stage at
the Blue Note, and getting your picture taken from a bird's eye view
at 10th and elm with the sponsor's restaurant in the background. The
latter involved a six story stair climb at the Hitt Street Garage.
Before leaving downtown we were also required to sing a song about rain
in Peace Park and to give an ugly doll to the troll-in-the-tunnel on
the MKT Trail.
The second section was on bikes and required finding landmarks on campus
and taking a pic of your teammate at those landmarks. Everyone knows
where Thomas Jefferson's gravestone is, right?
That section concluded in the stadium tunnel singing the Ole Mizzou song
to Hugh. Lyrics were provided however tone, pitch, and cadence were not.
That was the moment of truth. The temperature had dropped from 60 to
50 and the intermittent showers had become a strong steady rain. Hugh's
instructions were to find the farmer in charge in Grindstone Park. The
tunnel was dry, hot pizza and home was north, but the mission was not.
It may have been the inspiration I have learned from watching outstanding
CMC athletes go above and beyond, it may have been perseverance learned
from Tues/Thurs runs, or it may have been lack of good judgment, but
down Paige Hill we went.
However, whatever inspired me to Grindstone Park and held me through
two trips across the bridge imitating a barnyard animal failed me eventually.
There was talk of a creek crossing 30 inches deep (and rising) to find
a boogie man in a gila suit. Tempting yes, but... fueled by a hit of
Red Bull we abandoned Grindstone Park and headed back to the hot, wonderful,
warm, incredible narnia of Shakespeare's.
With this race report I respectfully submit the event worthy of a bead!
I also encourage everyone to watch for more Off Track Events. They are
not typical chiped timed event (to say the least). Swim, bike, then run
is good but so it the off season!