Spandex, running shorts, headbands, knee-high decorated socks, colorful running shoes and vivid t-shirts were all on display at GW’s third annual Colonial Quest. Decked out in wacky, yet sporty, apparel, students joined together in Kogan Plaza Friday night to compete in the scavenger hunt-style race around D.C.
With a map of the District in hand, the 23 teams, made up of a range of two to seven people, tore open their envelopes at the sound of the word “GO” and ran off to the first clue in a race against the clock.
Teams had two and a half hours to find several notable D.C. locations based on clues. Along the way, teams were only allowed to use public transportation or their feet to make it from place to place. They were required to take group pictures of all of the team members at the stops, each of which counted for a certain number of points.
The clues took the teams to places like the National Zoo, the National Cathedral and the Library of Congress.
Sweaty, exhausted, and out of breath, teams ran to the Marvin Center finish line to take a team photograph before their own photos were judged.
Team Dollar Dollar Bills was back this year after winning the title for best costume at last year’s Quest. Their team, composed mostly of sophomores, was decked out in dollar bill apparel, including dollar bill bowties, headbands, and t-shirts.
“We heard Tim [Miller, director of the Student Activities Center] bet on us this year so we knew we had to step it up and defend our title,” said team member Maley Hunt.
Team Foggy Bottom Boys claimed the first place title, winning $75 in GWorld money. Dollar Dollar Bills won another title as the most creative team. They hope to return next year for more, but with “a better team name,” teammate Amanda Kaszuba said.
“I’m happy we all did it,” Kaszuba said.