On Saturday July 21st visitors and residents in Puerto Vallarta’s Old Town watched in amusement as scavenger hunters took over the town.
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36 teams, more than 144 people, armed with smart phones participated in the inaugural rally that generated $65,270.50 pesos for Pasitos de Luz, a local organization that provides services for children with special needs.
You could feel the excitement and anticipation in the air as teams arrived at Nacho Daddy’s early to register and the hunt got underway promptly at 1pm. Four-person teams raced on foot, by car, ATV’s and bikes through the neighborhood to find obscure landmarks, people, objects and perform challenges from the hunt list. Challenges included collecting 40 different items, solving mystery clues, burying team members in the sand, shooting a hole in one, eating hot dogs, finding Nel and Luke, bobbing for apples, and standing in a boat. Items collected included a real fish eye, a t-shirt with the Mexican flag, and a copy of the 2011 Gourmet Festival magazine, picture of Elvis, a Alejandro Fernandez cd and a live cock roach to name a few.
The most challenging clue was ‘Like the “Mother Lode” I’m gold and am underground. Find me and record my “claim number” that contains a ‘3’ and a ‘G’. Three teams were able to find the car underground in the parkade. Teams were also required to use their smart phones to upload pictures of the teams completing some of the tasks.
Teams had four hours to check off as many items on the list as possible and the 3 teams with the highest points were awarded cash prizes. The winning teams were the Twisted Palms/Los Muertos Brewing, the Buzos Basureros, and the Awesome 4Sum.
Many thanks to the Home Owners of PVRPV.com for donating the $5000 for 1st place, Mike Hickman for donating $3000 for second place and Wally Demary and Chuck Mallery for donating $1,500 for 3rd place.Post-event festivities continued at Nacho Daddy’s with live entertainment, raffle drawings, auctions and award presentations.
Event coordinators, Tim Longpre from PVRPV, Carole Fast and Charlotte Semple from Xocodiva Artisan Chocolates and Lori Lorensen from Rio Amapas would like to thank to the businesses who donated items for the raffle, the volunteers, Nacho Daddy’s for hosting the event and the team members. A special thanks to the event sponsors, Chad La Grone for his generous donation of $5000 pesos and Bruce and Julia from Teatro Lemon for donating the auction item. Together we have made a difference to Pasitos de Luz and the lives of the families they support.
The next hunt is scheduled for January 20,2013. Details coming soon!