Zyp BikeShare exists in part to ease day-to-day reliance on cars, but its bikes are also the ultimate way to explore the city. Especially this Saturday, during Zyp’s Epic City Rush. Whether you sign up for the rush of competition, the thrill of civic pride, or the real possibility of winning cash money for loving your city, we think their urban scavenger hunt is the event this weekend.
“This really will be a one-of-a-kind event in downtown Birmingham,” said Michael Symes, Zyp’s sales & marketing coordinator. “Create a team of 4 with friends, co-workers, neighbors and enjoy a day filled with adrenaline, excitement, chaos, teamwork, and FUN while you are on a mad dash through town!”
“The one major rule is NO DRIVING! We want you to experience the city from a first-hand perspective, and hopefully you’ll discover a new favorite spot,” he said.
Participants will have to devise a game plan for the race, Symes explained. Most clues will lead to spots on the north side, though there may be some scattered closer to the Railroad Park start line.
“It’s all about strategy. Do you run to the furthest location and work your way backwards, do you make a loop around the city, or do you hit all the closest landmarks and make a straight line mad dash to the finish at the end?” Symes said.
There’s a $10,000 prize waiting for the winning team, but Symes said there will also be “instant rewards” teams can earn along the way. There’s even a “Most Epic Team” prize up for grabs, he said, a reward for teams who take on Zyp’s challenge to “dress up, be crazy and creative” in executing a group “theme.”
Even if you opt out of racing, you should definitely join the after party — which Symes said is open to participants and observers alike — at Good People Brewing Company. The party, which begins as soon as the first racers arrive, will include food truck vendors and “moments captured on social media” during the race, according to Symes, with awards presented at 1:30 p.m.