A competitor completes a challenge at last year's UrbaCity Challenge in downtown Victoria. This year's challenge will be on June 7. Registration is open now for two-person and four-person teams.

UrbaCity Challenge tests brains and brawn

The urban race around downtown Victoria in June tests problem-solving skills and physical fitness

This spring, the streets of downtown Victoria will be filled with racers competing in challenges that test teamwork, problem-solving skills and physical fitness.

The four hour UrbaCity Challenge takes place on June 7.

“It’s an urban adventure race through downtown Victoria,” said Priya Manhas, project coordinator.

Last year, the race drew 200 participants, and Manhas said they are expecting around 300 this year.

Teams of two are divided into Brain, Brawn and Ultra categories.

Brain focuses more on problem-solving challenges and has a shorter course and Brawn has more physical activities and a larger course.

Ultra is a combination of the two, so teams will have to take on Brain and Brawn challenges.

Participants can also make teams of four, which is known as the corporate category; however, it is open to anyone. Those challenges will focus more on communication and teamwork.

Challenges take place at a variety of local businesses and locations in the city.

For example, last year, participants had to learn activities such as juggling from buskers and complete the activities up to the buskers’ standards. Another challenge involved a ring toss with Victoria Soda Works in the Inner Harbour.

The race course is top secret until teams are given a map on the day of the race.

“It’ all about completing it in the shortest amount of time,” said Manhas. “It’s up to you to be strategic on where you’re going to go and how you map it out.”

Teams of two have a minimum fundraising goal of $100, and teams of four have a minimum goal of $400.

All the money goes toward the Prostate Centre, a Victoria resource for men and their families battling prostate cancer.

Last year, UrbaCity Challenge raised over $37,000, and this year the goal is to raise $50,000.

To register, go online to urbacitychallenge.com


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