Great Urban Race

Not ready to participate in the Memphis May Sprint Triathlon on May 21st? Maybe you haven’t had time to practice or can’t afford one of those fancy road bikes?

Have fun and work your brain instead with the Great Urban Race, Saturday, May 21 at noon.

Former participants of this compare it to the popular “The Amazing Race” TV show: contestants have puzzles they must figure out, which lead them to locations (almost like a scavenger hunt). The goal is to finish as quickly as possible. I’ve been told the key is to solve out all your clues first, then figure the most efficient route to travel.

You can travel by foot, trolley or bus. No bikes, skateboards or skates! Once you get to your locations, you might have to complete a silly challenge (make a balloon animal) or simply get a scavenger item. The Great Urban Race FAQs page has lots of tips.

Cost is steep at $50 per person ($60 day of race), but proceeds go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  Also, you must sign up in teams of two (except for the family division). Register earlier next year for a mere $35 fee instead.

Bike to Work Day

Ever thought about riding your bike to work? The perfect day to try it out is Bike to Work Day on Friday, May 20th.

Energizer stations will be placed in four spots throughout Downtown, Midtown and East Memphis. Be sure to register on the Bike to Work website so that you can claim your goodie bags at the stations. The Bike to Work Google Map shows the best route to follow.

There will be prizes for the workplaces with the most employees riding to work that day and a special prize for the cyclist who travels the farthest that day. (Do we have anyone riding from Oakland to Downtown? You’re a shoe-in!)

Bobby has been scheming of riding to work for awhile, but he has some hurdles:

  • It will be far (East Memphis to Frayser)
  • He will have to ride his bike alone through Frayser

If you look at the Bike to Work Google Map, he is thinking of following the Eastgate Route and then splitting off in Midtown and taking McLean into Frayser.