This past Saturday July 12th, 26 teams comprised of 4 individuals each gathered on the steps of Bronx Borough Hall for the beginning of a race to test people’s knowledge of all things Bronx from its history to pop culture.
Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr, his staff, John DeSio, Olga Luz Tirado, Executive Director of The Bronx Tourism Council, and Angel Hernandez of The Bronx County Historical Society created the Bronx 100 Scavenger Hunt to celebrate 100 years of the creation of Bronx County and was the first event of its kind in The Bronx’s history — with a first place prize of $2,500.
Welcome2TheBronx was part of team ‘Bronx All-Stars’ which was made up of none other than Baron Ambrosia, Michael Max Knobbe, executive director of BronxNet Television, and the ultimate Bronxite, Lloyd Ultan, our borough’s official historian — obviously we were in it to win it.
At exactly 10AM, armed with a list of about 200 clues categorized by neighborhoods, we ran off to decipher and find the places given to us. As per the rules of the game, 3 members had to be in front of the answer while the 4th member took the picture. Each clue was worth a set amount of points according to difficulty. We also had to pay attention to Ruben Diaz Jr and Bronx Tourism’s twitter accounts for additional bonus clues.
While some clues were pretty simple, at least for Bronx history nerds such as myself and our group, there were others that even tested the knowledge of our own borough historian.
We had 7 hours to run around The Bronx and gather as many points as possible and be back at the finish line in Riverdale which was McGoo’s Pub on Broadway. If we weren’t inside the doors by 5PM we would lose but we made it with just 12 minutes to spare.
The entire event was a wonderful opportunity for Bronxites and those who love our wonderful borough to unite for some good old fashioned fun. For me it was so much fun to play against so many people I know and care about to fight for the top honor. I don’t always agree with our Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr, that’s no mystery to anyone, but as I said when we started the race, this definitely was one of the best events done for all Bronxites in a long time.
The big surprise of the entire event was that not one but TWO teams won the first prize and each team received $2,500. The Huntington Hunters who’s members included such Bronx history buffs like Mike Gupta, Nilka Martell, Tom Casey, and Tom Vasti and yours truly, Welcome2TheBronx as part of the Bronx All-Stars with Baron Ambrosia, Michael Max Knobbe, and Lloyd Ultan, our borough’s historian.
I”m already looking forward to doing this again next year!
Having fun at the after party:
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