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


Just Posted

Hundreds rally in support of horse carriages outside Victoria City Hall

Crowd angry with Coun. Ben Isitt’s motion to ban local horse carriage industry

Rifflandia Festival cancelled for 2019

Early Bird tickets can be refunded at point of purchase, or held and redeemed for 2020

Five-month bridge closure poses early impacts on drivers during rush hour

Construction began Tuesday on the crossing commonly known as the Bay Street bridge

New virgin queen headlines ‘Bee Day’ at Saanich sanctuary

Taste bee spit and check out the hive at Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary this Sunday

Mom who lost son to brain tumour in March joins the 24th annual Brain Tumour Walk

The Brain Tumour Walk takes place at the University of Victoria on Sunday, May 26

VIDEO: Canadian, U.S. Coast guards run oil spill response drills

20 vessels were on the water to practice international response methods

Greater Victoria wanted list for the week of May 21

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

POLL: Were you satisfied with the Game of Thrones series finale?

Millions gathered in front of their televisions Sunday night to watch the… Continue reading

Raptors beat Bucks 105-99 to move within 1 game of NBA Finals

Leonard scores 35 as Toronto takes 3-2 series lead over Milwaukee

B.C. Supreme Court dismisses review around ferry workers’ right to strike

B.C. Ferry and Marine Workers’ Union collective agreement expires November 2020

Young Victoria distillery earns prestigious Scotch awards

Scottish influences range from techniques to ‘kilted tours’ at award-winning business

Municipalities protest after B.C. declares marijuana crops ‘farm use’

UBCM president seeks answers in letter to John Horgan government

CMHC defends mortgage stress test changes amid calls for loosening rules

Uninsured borrowers must now show they could service their mortgage if rates rose two per cent

Brewpub offers ‘boat valet’ for paddlers during Surfrider celebration tonight

Free ‘Surf Formal’ evening features a local art auction, door prizes, live music

Most Read