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A Scavenger Hunt throughout all of Los Angeles

Scavenger contestants celebrate at the end of the day | Photo by Mark Dienger
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By Mark Dienger, Special to LAist

In the never-ending quest to find fun things to occupy my weekends, a friend turned us on to Race/LA They organize a number of events from urban scavenger hunts to a simulated leg of the "Amazing Race." Having personally participated in two Race/LA events (one CityRace and a special one-off event called "The Quest"), we found that both events failed to disappoint.

The CityRace is a three hour scavenger hunt based in historic areas of Los Angeles. Participants answer questions based on the theme of the event. The team with the highest score wins. The Quest was a special one off mystery event Race/LA held on March 21 and 22. Participants were only told to meet at a certain destination at the beginning of the race and await instructions.

We sat down with John Hennessy, the mastermind behind Race/LA, for a little Q & A:

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What inspired you to start Race/LA? Can you give us a little background on what it took to get the concept off the ground.

I’ve always been a huge ‘Amazing Race’ fan and considered applying for the show but realized I - and most people I know - can not take weeks or months off from their jobs to do something like that. I sort of thought, “I wish there was something like this you could do in a weekend,” and then the lightbulb went off and I thought, “hmmm..maybe there is...”