Urban Adventure Games participants take off at Howard Park


SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WNDU) – Hundreds of people trekked South Bend on the return of the Urban Adventure Games.

16 News Now was at the start line to watch these teams take off.

This is the start of a race that will take more than 150 teams of two around South Bend and Mishawaka.

On foot and by bike, these teams will make 34 different stops.

“All the checkpoint volunteers, I know they had a tremendous amount of energy to come. Even yesterday when all the participants walked in and grabbed all of their checkpoints, they were like, ‘we’ve been doing this for years and we’re so glad it’s back,’ said Ed Reyes, coordinator. Urban Adventure Games marketing.

This race started in 2009 and over the years families and friends have invited others to make it what it is today.

“We are a non-profit organization and we give everything back to the community. So any profit that comes our way is put aside so that we can make sure we hold the race for next year, ”Reyes said.

Participants can expect a full day of physical challenges, but the costume contest gives teams the opportunity to show off their creativity.

This group showed up disguised as responses to the popular social game, Cards Against Humanity.

They had funny responses to the prompt, The Urban Adventures Game is incomplete without a blank.

“What really helps us is that it’s fun and that we work together and we encourage each other at every checkpoint to do our best, to do and to move forward. We protect each other from getting lost, ”said team captain Tina Smith.

Teams have four hours to get to their locations, complete tasks, and return to Howard Park before time runs out, keeping the games fun from start to finish.

Last year the games were canceled due to Covid.

You can learn how to participate in next year’s games by going to their website.

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