While the Harriers are re-enacting some Chariots of Fire-meets-Animal House fantasies, devotees of adventure racing are living their personal version of The Amazing Race. Much like the CBS reality show, their game is a mass scavenger hunt featuring pairs or trios who decipher clues and navigate checkpoints on foot or via public transportation in pursuit of such prizes as round-trip airfare or cash. Organizations like the Great Urban Race, High Trek Adventure, and Urban Dare run races once or twice a year here.
When you're bombing around the streets of Copper Square, burning calories and looking for clues, watch out for the hyperactive hipsters competing in the annual Phoenix Idiotarod. A parody of the renowned Alaskan dog-sledding race — and echoing similar events in San Francisco and New York City — this outrageous event features crews of five piloting bizarrely decorated shopping trolleys through the downtown Phoenix arts district. High jinks and sabotage are common to the race — last year's inaugural run saw one team dousing their foes with ketchup, mustard, and powdered sugar.
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Arizona Derby Dames
Tryouts are quarterly, including in February at USA Skateland (7 E. Southern Ave. in Mesa). $5. 18 years or older. Visit the Web site for more info.
The spring season starts February 21, and new teams can sign up until February 14. Fees are $57 per player. Games are held Thursdays, 7-10 p.m., at the Arizona Army National Guard gymnasium, 1335 N. 52nd St. 18 and older. Contact »e-mail link.
Arizona Roller Derby
Practices held Mondays, 8:30-10:30 p.m., at USA Skateland (7 E. Southern Ave. in Mesa); Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 8-10 p.m.; at Casey at the Bat (3947 E. Union Hills Dr., 602-971-3224); and Thursdays, 7:45-9:45 p.m., at Castle Sports Club (11420 N. 19th Ave., 602-331-2582). 18 and over. »E-mail link.
The Great Urban Race
Next race is Saturday, February 9, at noon, with registration at 11 a.m. $59 per person before race day, $70 per person on the day of the race.
Hash House Harriers
The main chapter's events are held on first, third, and fifth Saturdays, and the "Hump d' Hash" is every Wednesday, 6:36 p.m. at various locations. $5 per person for most races, $1 per person for the "Hump d'Hash." Visit the group's Web site for locations, times, and additional events.
High Trek Adventure
Next race is in the fall. $80 per team for early registration; $120 during the week of the race. Call 480-326-4893 or visit the Web site for more.
Scheduled for Saturday, February 9. Fees are $30 per team. Teams can join up until race day. 21 and over. Visit the Web site for more info.
Races are in March and November. Teams can register up until race day. Visit the Web site for more info.
World Adult Kickball Association
Registration for the ongoing winter season is open until the first week of February, with varying starting dates, locations, times, and match info for each of the Valley's four WAKA divisions. Games are played Monday through Thursday. Registration deadline for new teams (of at least 12 players, four of whom must be female) and individual players also vary. 21 and over. Check the Web site for more info.