Top Ten {Tuesday}: The Great Urban Race Atlanta

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Saturday Staci and I participated in the most fun thing I’ve done in…maybe ever. It’s the local, cheap, short version of The Amazing Race. Teams of two race through their city doing stunts, taking pictures and unscrambling clues. It was literally GREAT.

Staci already recapped it brilliantly but here are my…


1. My BEFORE video.

2. Our Tshirts. Tell me you don’t want one of those! I’m taking orders.

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Team #sisterchicks for the win!!

3. Our Marta Breeze Card. We were only allowed to use public transportation. And in Atlanta that’s Marta. We were super smart and got a Breeze card so we could just tap it at the turnstiles and go. No tokens or feeding money into a machine for us. Too bad that probably the only smart thing we did all day.

On the Marta

4. Our Socks. The clues covered everything from Gold’s Gym to jalapenos to Chipotle. This clue was to find the Boys and Girls Club in Atlanta and deliver a pair of socks. Great idea, right? Well, if we had read the clue BEFORE we got to the Boys and Girls Club we would know that. And we could have bought a pair of socks when we were at CVS buying a MAP of Atlanta and a newspaper for another clue. Instead, we had to go to the Alliance Theatre gift shop and buy a $9 pair of socks with a music note on them. Some little boy is going to LOVE those.

We had to donate a pair of socks to the Boys & Girls Club of America

5. The Clue Sheet. Staci can tell you how we got our clue list before everyone else. (WE WERE BRILLIANT.) But it didn’t help too much. NEXT TIME we will solve EVERY SINGLE SOLITARY CLUE and get locations on a map or entered into a GPS. However, I will say that having a pen AND a Sharpie was good, too. After we finished a clue we clearly marked it up so we wouldn’t have to look at it again. And apparently, we are the only ones who did this. We were given the unofficial award of having the MOST Marked Up Paper.

We're almost done!

6. Our Googlers. The Great Urban Race encourages all forms of help. If we didn’t know an answer we could call someone to google it or figure it out. We used a GPS and an iPhone the entire time. Mandi and Becky were on call to answer our questions. Which we did about every 5 minutes. We even called Staci’s dad to look through the newspaper for us. He found the hidden clue in the classified section and read it to us over the phone! We smirked every time we saw a racer looking thru a newspaper on the side of the road!

Here’s Mandi’s desk during the race: two computers and lots of stickies! (Are those from Cracker Barrel, Mandi? And is that picture upside down?!)


7. My BFF. I’ve known Staci since 1980. I was like 4. We don’t have to do stuff to be friends. We just are. We have the most fun together. There was no crazy screaming or whining during our Great Urban Race. We might not have won, but I doubt anyone had more fun than us!

Jumping in front of the Underground sound

8. Horrible Photos of Myself. We tried to document the entire race. PLUS, we had to take LOTS of pictures to complete the clues. Here I am eating an entire jalapeno pepper to complete a clue.

Amanda had to eat a jalepeno pepper!

9. Our start & finish mat. Unfortunately, that #1 I’m flashing? It was in sarcasm. This was us leaving with our tails tucked between our legs.

At the finish line

10. My AFTER video.

There are still TONS of races in 2010. Check out the Great Urban Race website for dates. You should totally do one with your BFF! I’ll be your googler!

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It’s fun and I’m telling you these people are SO creative! I’m making a list of Top Ten lists I want to copy! You guys inspire me! Thank you for participating every week. I love seeing your links, your comments and your tweets.

And hey, let’s try something new today! Will everyone find their favorite Top Ten {Tuesday} post of the day and tweet it with the hashtag #toptentues? Wouldn’t that be a nice surprise? (Thanks to Sarah for the idea!)

Happy Tuesday!

all photos by staci


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