Last year Cassandra and I participated in City Chase for the first time. It’s an Amazing Race style urban adventure race that was an absolute blast. We returned to City Chase Calgary this year as team Two Tired Moms, strategy in hand, ready for a day full of fun.
We hit the road early Saturday morning, armed with giant coffees, on our way to Eau Clair to pick up our shirts and bibs and freebies from our fundraising efforts. In support of the GoodLife Kids Foundation, participants can raise funds and be awarded various perks to aid in their chase depending on their fundraising level. Thanks to our generous family and friends, we raised over $500, which meant we got one clue answered, one free jump the line pass, and our clue sheet early.
We arrived at Eau Clair just after 8, grabbed our gear and hung out until it was time to go. This included visiting with Ange and Brie who were also a team in the race, a couple trips to the bathroom, reorganizing our bag, watching a morning puppy training class and drinking a couple bottles of Ocean Spray being handed out in the sponsor tents. Finally, just after 10 am we were off. While everyone ran off to get their clue sheets, Cassandra and I got started solving clues to find out where our Checkpoints were and plotting them onto a map on Cassandra’s phone. After another quick pee break, we were off. Initially we had hoped to start at the furthest point away to beat the lineups and allow us to hit all the stopped as we worked our way back to the finish line, but working with Ange and Brie, who have a much better idea where things are in the Core, we ended up scrapping that plan.
Our first checkpoint was Segway Frisbee, where one partner rode the Segway through a pylon course, then catch a Frisbee from their partner and in turn throw the Frisbee to knock a baseball off a pylon. Next up was the gorgeous Stephen Avenue GoodLife where we had to guess calories per serving of pictured items, with an exercise penalty for incorrect guesses.
By this point, we were close to the Calgary Tower, another Checkpoint location, with the task of climbing over 800 stairs to the top. While I knew it would be hard, I was kind of excited for it since not many people can say they’ve done it. The stairs are not open to the public, and it’s pretty expensive to ride the elevator to the observation tower. 100 stairs in and I was already dying but we somehow made it to the top without certain death. Coming down was almost harder as I felt super unsteady on my feet, making me descend slower, which made my quads burn and shake. All in all, it took us 40 minutes up and down with a break at the top to catch our breath and snap some photos. Not bad!
Next, we got to channel our inner Katniss while attempting to shoot an apple off our partners head with a padded arrow. I wish we could have caught ours on video as I may have shot Cassandra directly in the face. I was excited to stumble upon zorbing balls at another nearby park until we learned that we didn’t get to participate in zorbing races like last year. Instead, one person wore a mini zorbing ball thing and had to push the larger one until the hole was open so the partner could shoot an arrow into it. Definitely not as fun as zorbing races.
It was definitely time for lunch by this point. Our goal this year was to actually stop to eat since we failed to do so last year and it left us fairly cranky by the time we finished. We stumbled into Blaze Pizza to share a couple pizza’s and down a beer before heading on our way again. It was the perfect way to fuel up before our next challenge of pulling a school bus, which we got to complete as a team of four.
Blind Mario Kart was next, where we learned that one of us is bad at giving directions and the other might be bad at following directions. We were closing in on the cutoff time to finish with one more challenge to go, so Cassandra and I broke off from Ange and Brie to hustle to complete our final challenge, bottle rockets. Last year, Cassandra nearly knocked herself out diving to catch our bottle before it hit her on the top of the head, so this year we traded places so I could catch. Somehow Cassandra ended up shooting herself in the face instead of up in the air. Next year, we may have to consider not participating in this checkpoint, haha.
After six hours, almost 19 kilometers covered, and 55 floors climbed, we successfully crossed the finish line. While we’d have loved to see and complete more of the challenges, we had a blast running around the city doing silly things together. I seriously can’t wait until next year to do it all over again.