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A Fresno scavenger hunt with a $15K diamond ring on the line


Have you ever wanted to be on “The Amazing Race?” Got a bike, scooter, skateboard or some other non-motorized wheeled way to get around? Quick on the draw when it comes to text messages?

Know a few things about downtown Fresno? Want a $15,000 diamond ring?

If you said “Yes” to all of those, then you should definitely check out Saturday’s Race for the Ring, an inaugural text message-based scavenger hunt happening around downtown Fresno. This event sounds really cool. Here a few reasons why:

  1. The prizes are crazy — a $15,000 ring from Roger’s Jewelers, plus about $10,000 dollars in other prizes.
  2. It’s all happening downtown, which is always great.
  3. Scavenger hunts are super fun. If you disagree, you’re wrong.
  4. Money raised at the event goes toward Fresno First Steps Home, which you might remember as the mayor’s initiative to end homelessness.

A similar event — called Race for the Rock — has been happening in Sacramento for two years, and it’s pretty successful. Here’s a highlight video that gives you a more visual idea of what to expect.

There’s still time to register for the event. It’s $20 per person (you compete in teams of two). If you want to sign up, head over here. Even if you don’t win, there’s an after-party right after the race at The Chuk with lunch and live music.

ELSEWHERE: If you’re REALLY into scavenger hunts, local blog The Daily Dues has put together The Great Fresno Scavenger Hunt, which is happening Nov. 13. You can get more info on that over here.

Responses to "A Fresno scavenger hunt with a $15K diamond ring on the line"

cjl says:

Doesn’t a 15k Diamond ring sound a little…extravagant for an event that’s supposed to help the homeless? There’s just something wrong with giving somebody a piece of jewelry as a prize that basically is just a thing to look at and admire? (Because, lets be honest, that’s not something you would ever want to wear Downtown). Kudos for Roger’s Jewelry for donating the prize, it just seems a bit inappropriate for this kind of event.

james says:

I’m sure someone asked them for a pizza party, but alas, they just don’t keep pizza in the jewelry cabinets.

bradley says:

i always feel a little sad for people who don’t know how to have fun.

cjl says:

Oh Bradley, stop with the passive-aggressive comments and just come out and say you disagree with me. I can take it, really I can!

tecee says:

I guess if you won, you could hock the ring and give the money to the homeless, if that would be more PC. Materialistic me, would keep it, wear it Downtown and generally mock those that I beat. But that’s just me.

e says:

You sound like fun…you need a partner?

bradley says:

“Passive-aggressive personality disorder is a long-term (chronic) condition in which a person seems to actively comply with the desires and needs of others, but actually passively resists them.”

i simply called you a person who seems to not know how to have fun, and expressed my sadness for such people.


Carole says:

That sounds like helluva good time! I’d sell the bling, buy one of those non motorized get abouts, head over to Sequoia for a beer…and party like it’s 1999. Anyone wanna spot me a $20? LOL!!