You don't have to be an athlete to win the 2012 Scavenger Dash. You use your legs, sure, but you use your brain, too.
Rather than sprinting to a finish line, racers will solve a series of clues along the way.
“You have nothing to lose,” said Jill Kyle, director of the 4th annual Omaha event. “It's a fun day out. You don't have to take it too seriously.”
Up to 300 teams of two will gather Saturday at Clancy's Pub on Pacific Street where organizers will give them their first clue. There are 12 challenges in all, and the teams have four hours to complete them.
The tasks are kept secret until the event starts, but Kyle said they are fun and unique to the city. “Maybe they're used to running 5Ks or playing in a basketball league,” Kyle said of participants, “but this is a little different.”
Omaha is one of more than 20 cities in the U.S. that host the Dash, a traveling race series. “We do a little bit of research online, find out what's cool, what's historic, what's a little wacky (about each place),” Kyle said.
She said they stay away from landmarks that locals are familiar with, like the O! statues around town. Instead, they look for unusual monuments like a tree with hundreds of high heels nailed to it – something they found in Albuquerque, N.M.
“It's fun to take them on a journey around their own town and experience new things,” she said.
The Scavenger Dash starts at noon on Saturday. Most finishers are done in about two hours. The first three teams to complete all 12 challenges will win gift certificates to Clancy's Pub and free entry to any of the parent company's other races. Register for $120 through
Wednesday or for $130 in person the day of the event.
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