The title isn't in reference to the challenge of trying to find good parking in DC. Instead, it's the name of a scavenger hunt that took place last Saturday. B and I joined a friend and his team among 1700 other participants.
The goal of the DC Challenge is be the fastest team in solving twelve clues, take pictures at various locations to prove you solved them, and get back to the race organizers before everyone else. We set our sights a little lower and just wanted to solve all the clues before the day was over.
To make the day even more entertaining, the organizers recommended teams dress in their own preferrred costume themes. We saw everything from superheroes, ladybugs, undead presidents, sharks, and not one but two different groups of minions. B and I are already plotting what our costumes will be for next year as we form our own group.
The course took us around the Mall and near several national landmarks. I had anticipated more metro riding but thankfully we we're able to enjoy the beautiful day and walk most of it. Start time was at 1:30PM begin at the Nationals ballpark. We finished the race in under 3 hours beating around 200+ teams! (Ok, to be fair we were in the first 150 teams that finished, but still...)
After the race concluded there was a costume contest that seemed a bit unorganized. Race participants were told to drop their tickets into the cups of their favor costumed competitors. But we never saw anyone giving out voting tickets. Other than that minor hiccup, it was a fun day to get out and explore DC with a bunch of other folks.