Five Boro Amazing Race
by Andrew Shilling
Jun 14, 2013 | 959 views | 0 0 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Matt McLaughlin (in the middle) with a team at Brooklyn Brewery in the middle of the race last year.
Matt McLaughlin (in the middle) with a team at Brooklyn Brewery in the middle of the race last year.
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A Brooklyn math teacher organized a citywide, thrill-seeking educational expedition.

The 2nd Annual Five Boro Amazing Race takes to the city streets, parks and waterways for a daylong scavenger hunt, making stops in all of the boroughs along the way.

Hunters will meet at the Staten Island Ferry this Saturday, June 15, at noon to start the race. A group of about 50 foragers will split into teams and follow a series of clues left behind by the group’s organizer, Matt McLaughlin, a 7th grade math teacher at Williamsburg Collegiate Charter School.

McLaughlin said he has this year's race is a little more extensive than his debut race, when the first team came in at around 7 p.m. and the last team finished at about 10 p.m.

“This year I think it will be a little bit longer,” McLaughlin said. “I tried to design something that you can’t just get to Google that quickly and just find them out.

“The clue last year that stumped everyone was Sudoku,” he said. “I replaced numbers 1 through 9 with letters that spelled out an address in Manhattan somewhere. I thought everyone knew how to do Sudoku, and no one had anyone on their team that could do it.”

This year's theme is famous crime sites, and McLaughlin is planning to take scavengers into portions of Greenpoint to explore, in his opinion, one of the biggest crimes in the city's history.

“It’s where America had its largest oil spill over the course of many decades, a horrible crime against the groundwater and the people of this area,” he explained.

The idea for the race began several years ago when McLaughlin was hanging out with a friend, who said he had on his bucket list a goal to visit all five boroughs in one day.

“I figured we needed a good reason to go to all five boroughs in one day,” he said. “It’s not like it is a difficult feat, so I made it last year and plan to make it a yearly event.”

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