CHICAGO, Oct. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- The eight winning U.S. teams from City Chase, The World's Largest Urban Adventure Series, proved this summer they could battle like true reality TV stars in Regional one-day competitions across the country. They will compete in a 36-hour, comfort-zone pushing competition as the third annual U.S. National Championship heads to Orlando, Florida.
"We are so pleased that our eight teams will push themselves physically, mentally and emotionally as they battle it out in Orlando," said Jason Erkes, President of City Chase. "Orlando offers a unique urban canvas and teams are going to find themselves working a lot harder and using technology for the title of Team USA before they drive home in the brand new Mitsubishis."
The part obstacle course, part scavenger hunt adventure will start in downtown Orlando and contain even more perilous feats than in previous regional competitions. These "ChasePoints" are a variety of physical, intellectual and humorous challenges and can include everything from rappelling off local architecture to playing with reptiles to ordering from a not-so-typical dinner menu. ChasePoints are scattered in unknown locations throughout the city and promise to give competitors two days of laughter, adventure and discovery.
To prevail, "Chasers" need to use teamwork, resourcefulness, determination and the ability to make decisions on the fly as they run, walk and use public transit to navigate their way throughout Orlando.
Winners from the eight regional states include:
Team Denver – Chris Baker and Ryan Ruddell
Team San Diego – Andy Almonte and Tyler Runner
Team Seattle – John Zobel and Greg Adams
Team Philadelphia – Amanda Neuber and Brian McCann
Team Chicago – Rob Dugas and Jeff Sorensen
Team Dallas – Andrew Ireland and Beau Taylor
Team NYC (and only Female team) – Christina Birkhead and Victoria Folkerts
Team Austin – Eli Cohen and Nicole Bohnsack
Each team will come geared with T -Mobile BlackBerry Bold 9700 smartphones and the winning team from the USA will drive home in the All New 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Crossover Utility Vehicles; second place will win $500 from Merrell to purchase the latest in outdoor apparel. Each team will also receive Orlando Prize packs for their next visit.
City Chase launched in Canada in 2003. Its success has caused the property to outgrow Canadian borders, expanding into other countries such as Australia and Europe. In 2007, City Chase made its U.S. debut in Chicago with 1,000 residents participating in a thrilling day of events. Over the past four years, more than 40,000 people from around the world have competed in and conquered a City Chase adventure.
About City Chase, Inc.
Toronto-based City Chase, Inc. (CCI) is the operating company of City Chase, a global consumer event series, offering unique experiential one-day events in various major markets throughout the world. 2010 is again a year of expansion and growth as City Chase extends to 15 countries across the globe with regional events and a National Championship in both the U.S. and in Canada. In addition to U.S. events in Austin, Denver, Dallas, San Diego, New York, Chicago and Seattle, City Chase events take place in Australia, Canada, England, Hong Kong, Singapore, France, Portugal, Italy, Germany, Ireland, and Spain.
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