New ‘Adventure Race’ Looks to Promote Downtown Williamsburg

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The Great Williamsburg Adventure Race will test competitors during a series of challenges. (Submitted)
The Great Williamsburg Adventure Race will test competitors during a series of challenges. (Submitted)

A new event is hoping to bring College of William & Mary students and locals together to show off what downtown Williamsburg has to offer.

The Great Williamsburg Adventure Race is a free, family-friendly event that will mentally and physically challenge groups of up to 10 people from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Beginning at the Community Building at 401 N. Boundary St., teams will solve Williamsburg-themed riddles, decode clues, take photos and complete performance challenges across three zones that span up to four blocks through downtown Williamsburg.

With a three-hour time limit, teams will need to choose how to split up their time in each of the three zones as they complete tasks to earn points. The team with the most points at the end of the three-hour window will receive a trophy, as well as a collection of prizes donated by local businesses.

Adam Stackhouse, the owner of AVAdventure, the company putting on the event, said each zone will feature plenty of challenges to keep teams busy.

“Each zone will have 20 or more individual tasks teams can do with varying point values,” Stackhouse said.

When teams enter a zone, they receive a single checklist that has all the potential tasks which can be completed in that specific zone. It is up to the teams to decide which tasks to complete and how long they want to spend in each zone.

“Teams could handle things individually, so they could, in theory, divide and conquer,” Stackhouse said. “But there are some challenges that involve having your whole team. In theory teams can complete every task, but it’d be tough for a team to complete everything in that three hour window.”

Teams wanting to move to the next zone must turn in their checklist from the prior zone, meaning teams cannot return to a previously visited zone.

Once the three-hour time period is up, teams will return to the Community Building to learn the final scores and winners.

“We hope people will check out the city and see what the city has to offer,” Stackhouse said. “The secondary goal of the event is to have a great community event for the fun of it.”

Interested parties are encouraged to wear comfortable clothes and shoes, and bring water to stay hydrated during the event. Teams should expect to show up at 2:30 p.m. on race day.

Anyone interested in signing their team up for The Great Williamsburg Adventure Race can do so by emailing team@theavadventure.com with their name and estimated team size.

For more information about the race, click here.