For some reason, I think it's a great idea to sign up for these races with friends. I don't usually train much for them ahead of time, and end up paying the price about 2 miles in. This was my 2nd Oyster Race, and while it was insanely tiring, we had a blast!
The Merrell Oyster Urban Adventure Race is a grueling all day race through the city of Austin on foot and bikes. The race travels all over the US to different cities throughout the year. The event was sponsored by Merrell, Chipotle, Whole Foods, Camp Gladiator, The Expedition School, GU, Larabar, Deschute's Brewery, and many more! Proceeds went to Camp Kesem, a free overnight summer camp for children who have or has had a parent with cancer.
Teams consist of either 3 or 6 players and can compete in co-ed, all men or all women teams. Players are given clues at their home base and either must bike or run to each location. There are 6 locations total, and once players reach the location, they must compete in a challenge. This year, the teams competed in:
A Statue Hunt
Shoe Launching and Redneck Horseshoes
The Fit Pit
Stand Up Paddleboarding
The mileage for this year totaled over 25 miles running and cycling in around 5 hours. And yes, we all walked away with both legs still attached.
Our team, Honeys and Nuts, placed 6th overall with a time of 5 hours and 5 minutes! We also won best race outfit with a $50 Merrell gift certificate and a free race shirt!
Check out the website for more information, other cities, as well as how to participate!