The Amazing Granville Island

Comments 23 by Rebecca Bollwitt

For my race recap for The Amazing Hunt. I’ll do a quick overview then get into details about our team’s performance. As this just happened this morning and I’m slightly intoxicated (more details below, remember to click “continue reading”) I don’t have the exact names of some of the establishments visited.

Teams: Andy & Shane (Best Friends), Beverley & Janine (Entrepreneur Moms), Christian & Damon (Highschool Buddies), Jenny & Rebecca (Sisters), Nora & Sean (Dating)

The Amazing HuntAt 10:00am we all met at Starbucks. The host of the race pointed me out and knew my name, since he’d read my blog and listened to our podcast before. Jen and I left our raincoats in the car and packed with us a couple bottles of water, sweaters and cell phones. Along with 4 other teams we walked over the starting point, to the West of the Granville Island entrance, near the private lagoon condos.

The race was on shortly after doing a couple of intros. We sprinted toward the first clue, ripped it open and it instructed us to find a certain marine company. It advised us to find the Museum.

At the museum we read the next clue aloud. It instructed us to go into the Net Loft where we ran into a ROAD BLOCK. This is a task which only one person on the team may complete. In this case, we had to sit down and count tiny beads, hundreds of them. Only one team managed to get the right number and the rest of us took a 15 minute penalty in exchange for skipping the task. Yes, it was the frustrating tough.

In hindsight, Jenny should have done this task since she is more methodical. Instead I did it and ended up spilling a couple on the floor. We were one of the teams that took the 15 minute penalty.

The Amazing Hunt The next clue had a FAST FORWARD, where you could head over to Woofles & Meowz and chow down on a dog cracker or you had to find what was in a picture on the clue. Jen and I bolted to Woofles but there was already a team there. Knowing that only one team can complete the FF, we started out to find a fountain that was on our clue.

We didn’t hesitate to ask passers-by for help, although no one was really useful. Shop owners and tourist had no idea where anything was, but there was one couple walking around with their child in a stroller that REALLY helped us find the fountain (in the photo on the clue). We ran into them later in the race and they wished us luck.

Once arriving at the fountain the next clue lead us to the triangle plaza surrounding the French bakery. We didn’t quite get the clue and ended up just stumbling on the location. There we encountered a MERGE and two other teams ahead of us.

Since we were the third team to arrive had to sit and wait 10 minutes for the next team to catch up so we could pair off. We should have gotten cell phone numbers prior to the race so that we’d be able to call the other team in this situation. The wait wasn’t too bad and one of the boys teams (Christian & Damon) arrived to help us out soon enough

For the merge, teams had to pool their money (we were both only given just over a dollar at the beginning), buy a baguette and finish it together. When the bread was devoured we raced to the pit stop atop the Mound at Ron Basford Park.

The boys team we had just partnered with for the baguette task generously allowed us to cross the mat ahead of them, since they made us wait at the MERGE.

The Amazing HuntWith only a short time to rest, we were off again – this time right into the Public Market, where we came across a DETOUR. There was also a YIELD in place, a team was already yielded so we didn’t have to make any quick decisions. For the DETOUR we had to chose a task to complete together, either eat stinky blue cheese or eat funky tasting wasabi-covered sashimi. We chose the sashmi and gobbled it up rather quickly. We then made our way to 1441 Cartwright street, which happened to be the Granville Island Brewery.

Inside the brewery there was another ROAD BLOCK, one team member had to chug. Without blinking I took on this task and we pulled ahead of the pack. The next location was Pier 32, once there you had an INTERSECTION. We either had a clue with a NAME or with a LOGO. We took a LOGO and wandered back out around the island.

For the DETOUR Jen and I ate the sashimi SO fast and did really well. At the brewery I had to down FOUR beers lightning fast, which of course… I did.

Once we found the logo, we proceeded to the pitstop where cameras, the host and other teams were waiting. What a race, too bad we were the 5th team to arrive.

The winning team was the boys (Christian & Damon) who we completed the MERGE with, it must have been the good karma they got by letting us cross the mat first at the pit stop.

We were ahead of them coming out of Pier 32 but that last clue got us, we overthought it again and wandered way further than we should have

I just have to say one thing negative though, there was a woman (obviously an employee of the corporation that owns Granville Island) that was giving our producer a hard time because of the teams running around. We were told explicitly in the beginning NOT to run in the markets, which we weren’t. I suppose she wasn’t aware of the race and maybe she even got up on the wrong side of the bed this morning, but we could have really done without her intervention. From that point on we weren’t even allowed to walk quickly from clue to clue (outside or in).

We would have really like a couple more brainteaser tasks to complete together, other than that, the game was really fun.

20070210-race.jpgI ate white bread, sashimi and downed 4 beers while walking at an expedited pace for several hours on this lovely sunny Saturday with my sister. It was super fun and I’m looking forward to the next. I’d really like to try another although I don’t own a car and I’m pretty sure the next couple events require them.

A huge thank you to the camera guys who caught almost every moment on tape (including my runny noses and sweaty temples), our host Stephen, and especially Bill Lin for all his efforts. Everything went smoothly, the clues were great, very well put together.

A couple items of note for next time: 1) wear a sports bra 2) read up on the location ahead of time 3) bring some Granville Island beer with me because man that was good.

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  1. Miss604’s Canuck Life :: A Vancouver Blog » Blog Archive » The ParalancerSaturday, February 10th, 2007 — 5:01pm PST

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  2. FlashSaturday, February 10th, 2007 — 8:05pm PST

    Seems like you had a great time. Sounds like a bit too much for the wife, though; I’ll have to check with her (she reads you too) and see if she thinks she’d be up to one.

    We would have been stuck… I’d down the blue cheese but she’d want that sashmi. We would have fought over the beer.

    Ready for the namesake race in eight days?

  3. Miss604Saturday, February 10th, 2007 — 8:55pm PST

    Ready to watch it on TV – I have a new respect for those people doing this race for weeks on end. Some friends and I actually have an Amazing Race fan blog… we had one for 9, 10 and for the latest, all stars race as well.

    If you want any more info about The Amazing Hunt, there’s the official site, YouTube videos and a blog.

  4. FlashSaturday, February 10th, 2007 — 9:28pm PST

    We’ve been watching it from season 1, to the point where I almost thought we should put together a blog on it ourself; but then a few weeks ago I saw that you had the idea long ago.

    Travel is a big passion for us both, just don’t get do to much as we’re on a budget similar to yours; but it just drives us crazy watching sometimes and seeing the bone-head things some people do. Especially when some of the couples claim to be well traveled. Just rewatched an old episode where they leave the area we honeymooned in (Playa del Carmen), and that one in particular still drives me crazy… if we’d been there, we could have got probably a whole day ahead of everyone… wonder how the producers would have handled that.

  5. Miss604Saturday, February 10th, 2007 — 9:33pm PST

    I SO want to be on the real show with John but only 1 of the two of us carries an American passport 😛

  6. JennySunday, February 11th, 2007 — 9:17am PST

    My legs hurt so bad today. That ‘fast-walking’ is a killer on the shins.

  7. JennySunday, February 11th, 2007 — 9:20am PST

    Ya, the sports bra would have helped and we should have had a map at the start.
    I felt so bad for the camera guys chasing everyone around. The host did a great job. Overall it was really well organized. I have to say the one clue about the triangles could have been worded a bit better though.
    We should do the north shore one or the one coming up in Surrey. We would totally kick on that one !

  8. GuestSunday, February 11th, 2007 — 11:05am PST

    March 10th 2007 – North Van/West Van Race – Amazing Hunt – be there!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11

  9. Miss604Sunday, February 11th, 2007 — 6:39pm PST

    Eeek. Bill’s got a recap up on the Amazing Hunt Blog as well. Seriously, I cannot move my legs. If I stretch and warm up a little I can maybe walk down the hallway but then they freeze up again. Yeah… it’s about time I worked out or something.

  10. DamonSunday, February 11th, 2007 — 10:27pm PST

    OH HI.
    I just wanted to remind everyone of how we came back from last to finish 1st with 20 mins worth of penalties. Was pretty neat IMO.

  11. Mom604Monday, February 12th, 2007 — 7:48am PST

    As Momma always says…the most important thing is that you had fun!

  12. JennyMonday, February 12th, 2007 — 10:36am PST

    Neato indeed. It was cool they won anyway because they demonstrated good sportsmanship and weren’t taking it too seriously.

  13. daveoMonday, February 12th, 2007 — 12:16pm PST

    Four beers and wasabi-laden sashimi! Mmmm Nice work trooper! Will the video be posted or released somewhere? Next time John and I will wait for ya at the brewery to do pre-race taste inspections ;-).

  14. Bill LinMonday, February 12th, 2007 — 2:36pm PST


    Thank you, Rebecca for blogging you experience~~
    I am glad you and Jenny had a great time with a side effect of sore legs which I am also suffering from.

    I have uploaded the Intro footage on my blog.

    Please feel free to take a look. The complete footage will be available in late March. 🙂 Enjoy watching!!

  15. speedMonday, February 12th, 2007 — 3:36pm PST

    Anyone doing the North Shore Race next month???????????

  16. AdelaideTuesday, February 13th, 2007 — 2:10pm PST

    OMG…that’s too hilarious. I could totally feel your stress and heart-pumping from trying to get from place to place. That’s why even though I’d love to be on THE RACE, I’m not sure whether my heart could take it, or if I’d end up biting my partner’s head off. {LOL}

    Glad you two had fun.

  17. Bill LinThursday, February 15th, 2007 — 3:12pm PST

    Granville Island was the 16th race in The Amazing Hunt. Each one is getting more intense.

    I just reload the new video footage which it is up to the first clue… and you can feel the intensity at the starting line… 🙂

    Enjoy watching!

  18. The Host :o)Tuesday, February 20th, 2007 — 3:07am PST

    Hello Racers and race fans.

    I am glad you had a great time. You folks were great. The race to the pit stop was awesome. You will have to see the video when it comes out.

    I have done a few of the races and I have to say I prefer driving to the next destination.

    Even as host there was a lot of traveling on foot to and fro. I talked with Bill after the race and he seemed to be struggling to his car. I wasn’t sure who was more sore. I think he may reconsider any races that is all on foot. Bill if you read this I guess I am saying I hope you reconsider ;o).

    Bless you all,
    Rev. Stephen

  19. sandeep gillSaturday, December 8th, 2007 — 11:50pm PST

    WOW,My cousins is having an amazing race type thing for her birthday party.. and i was thinking of things to put into
    if anyone has ideas PLZZZ email me… thnx

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