There are lots of ways to celebrate Earth Day (April 22) this month: You can take part in a community clean-up, turn your lights out to conserve electricity or even go the classic route and plant a tree.
But there’s only one way to honour Mother Earth and race madly around Vancouver for charity and prizes.
Saturday, April 21, marks the inaugural running of the Green City Race. Think of it as a green-themed variation on The Amazing Race, with Vancouver as the backdrop. Teams of two or three face off in a city-wide, eco-scavenger hunt – using only public transportation and old-fashioned foot power. And it’s all for a good cause.
Here’s how it works:
First, you’ve got to put your heads together to decipher clues leading to specially selected green destinations around the city.
Once there, you’ll be tasked with completing a series of physical and mental challenges, including removing invasive plants as quickly as possible.
Along the way, you’ll have to scour the city for scavenger items, while also capturing “green sightings” and goofy moments on camera for bonus points. All told, the hunt takes about three hours.
Winners will be decided based not just on speed but also on creativity and their performance in bonus challenges (You’ll also get extra points for fundraising more than $150).
The Green City Race is organized by Evergreen BC, a national charity dedicating to making cities more liveable through greening projects, farmers markets and other programs. Proceeds from the race fund community projects.
Ready to run? The competition kicks off at 11 a.m. on April 21 (the day before the official Earth Day). Registration is $40 a person. Be sure to bring maps of the city (including transit), a digital camera and a smartphone to help with clues.