Amazing Race

MBU's Amazing Race

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During International Education Week, MBU students will be given the opportunity to participate in a “global” scavenger hunt ala “The Amazing Race” (a CBS TV reality show).  Teams of two will be given a number of clues each day and can earn points on each clue they solve and complete.  The Race starts at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, November 10 and concludes at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 13, coinciding with the end of the Festival.  Prizes will be awarded to the teams with the highest number of points.  Students can sign up via myMBUlife; at least one team member must have a smart phone and an Instagram account to participate.

Registration will open on myMBU Life on Friday, November 7 and close on Monday, November 10 at 4 p.m. – once logged in to myMBU Life, search for International Student Services.

How it Works

Starting at 4:30 pm on November 10, a series of clues will be posted here ( for student teams. Teams will attempt to solve the clue and will post a picture or short video (depending on the clue requirements) via Instagram with the hashtag #mbuamazingrace once they have solved the clue. There will be approximately 20 clues in total, from Monday until Thursday, culminating in a variety of activities at the Festival. There will be 500 possible points. Clues will take three forms:

route1)    Route/Destination Identification: Clues will be about a specific global destination or activity. For example, a picture puzzle of landmarks in a certain country with the goal to identify the country. Or, being directed to find a certain country’s flag on campus.


detour2)    Detours: A Detour is a choice between two tasks, each with its own pros and cons. For example, one detour may be less time-consuming but require greater effort (research how many works of art were destroyed by the Nazis during WWII in Ukraine) while the other may be more time-consuming but may be more fun (find 3 people who speak three different languages and have them say “God bless You” in their native language and submit via video). Teams only have to complete “one side” of the detour, that is one task, but one task will be worth more points than the other.  Teams may switch detours, but will only be given point credit for one completed task.

roadblock3)    Roadblock: A roadblock is a task that only one team member can do, and these will be the clues at the International Festival on Thursday. They may include eating different foods, “mining” for diamonds, deciphering Cyrillic, etc. Each team member must do at least 1 roadblock (unless unable to attend due to University event).


Pit Stop: 1:30 p.m. Thursday, November 13

The race ends at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday and points will be tallied. The team with the most points wins with 2nd and 3rd places following. In the event of a tie, there will be a random drawing.


  • Teams must race in groups of 2.
  • At least 1 team member must have a Smart phone and an Instagram account.
  • Teams must be present on Monday at 4:30 outside of student activities to kick off the race.
  • Teams must respect University rules, policies, open/close times, and must not be disruptive to classes, staff, other students, etc. No warnings; teams will be immediately disqualified.
  • Decisions of the judges with regard to accuracy of clue answers and final tallied points are final.