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Amazing Rush Season 2: Day One Adventures


The inaugural first day of #AmazingRush2017 Season 2 began with breakfast and media interviews with the city’s local news stations. Throughout day one, the teams experienced nine inspiring Rapid City and Black Hills attractions, collecting puzzle pieces and making memories along the way.


A Monumental Start – Complete With Mascots, Bean Bags And Bicycles?

Surrounded by local shops, boutiques and eateries, the Black and Gold teams went bag for bag in a game of bean bag toss at one of Rapid City’s favorite attractions, Main Street Square. They chatted with local store owners, met the famous Mount Rushmore Mascots and then grabbed a B-cycle to embark on a photo scavenger hunt in Memorial Park.


The teams had different styles of photo taking, but both had a blast on their adventure around the beautiful statues and the Berlin Wall Memorial located in the park. After they gathered their selfies, they raced back to Main Street Square where they received their first clue.


Adventures Above And Below the Surface 

Neither team would be fully prepared for what awaited them at Rush Mountain Adventure Park, Home of Rushmore Cave. Here, the teams strapped on helmets and wandered deep into the attractions' 90-year-old cave. As they explored they gazed in wonderment of the ancient formations and historically significant rooms of the cave. Eventually, the teams were given a bonus opportunity to spelunk for a patch to keep with them. Both teams took advantage of the extra points and have the souvenir to prove it!


When the teams finished their race through the cave, they split up for a chance to fight zombies in the 7-D Interactive Gunslinger game. Each team was immersed into a post-apocalyptic world where they used sharp shooting skills to survive. Then they took a wild and thrilling ride on one of the newest additions to the park the Rush Mountain Coaster that, tool them on a self-controlled ride through the trees and scenery of the area. Since Rush Mountain Adventure Park is located less than 8 miles from Mount Rushmore their next clue lead them to the Shrine of Democracy.


The Mountain Behind The Mantra 

The Gold and Black teams learned why Do Big Things is the local mantra at Mount Rushmore National Memorial and explored the natural beauty surrounding the monument. This inspiring sight encompasses big dreams becoming reality. After The teams then ventured inside Carver’s Café—a meeting & event space with panoramic views of Mount Rushmore. They enjoyed some of Thomas Jefferson’s homemade ice cream over a game of 20 Questions about the four presidents so famously represented in granite. Then they snapped a “selfie” with the monumental quartet before they took off for the next adventure.


Impromptu Buffalo Sighting In Custer State Park

After snapping a selfie with the famous four faces the teams continued their journey to Custer State Park. While the visitors center was their final destination in the park the teams were pleased to stop of a once in a lifetime experience, spotting a buffalo on the road. This was a perfect time to snap a photo or two for Instagram worthy bragging rights.


The teams eventually made it to the visitor center where they explored facts about Custer State Park via scavenger hunt in the Visitors Center. Once they answered all the questions they experienced the immersive experience in the 100-seat theater featuring the parks buffalo herd, the Cathedral Spires and Sylvan Lake on a 20-foot screen. The contestants truly felt they were a part of the heard.


It Only Gets Bigger From Here

It was hard for the teams to believe the Black Hills could get any bigger after experiencing the majesty of Mount Rushmore and the inspiring sights of Custer State Park. They cast their doubts aside however when they arrived at Crazy Horse Memorial. Here the teams were shocked to learn the four faces of Mount Rushmore fit on the head of Crazy Horse. They watched a video about the monument telling the memorial’s story from the first blast to the ongoing construction. After some trivia questions, the teams hopped on a bus for a closer look and selfie with the Great Chief Crazy Horse.


A Test Of Mind And Body

The final challenge of the day tested the contestant's mind and body. They maneuvered through a mile of wooden labyrinth at the Black Hills Maze. The teams had different strategies including walking in circles, starting over and marking where they had already been. Eventually, both teams stamped all four faces of Mount Rushmore on their time card and made their way back to Rapid City.


Winding Down The Day In Historic Downtown Rapid City

The teams were in need of some good food and refreshing beverages so they ventured to Murphy’s Pub & Grill, followed by a 1920’s style tour of the Blind Lion Speakeasy.  

After an action-filled first day of sightseeing and discovery, the Gold and Black teams headed back to the historic Hotel Alex Johnson to unwind in their rooms and rest up for the adventures of the second day.

The adventure continues! Read more here. 

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Tyson Steiger

Tyson is an All American boy born and raised in small town South Dakota. With a love for life and quotes, Tyson’s favorite motto’s are, “rise above” and “live with passion”. Tyson’s zest for life and passion towards his job as Director of Convention Sales at Visit Rapid City shines through any time he talks about the area he calls home. Taking meetings and conventions in Rapid City, SD, from ordinary to extraordinary is what Tyson does best.

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Tyson Steiger
Director of Convention Sales

Tyson is an All American boy born and raised in small town South Dakota. With a love for life and quotes, Tyson’s favorite motto’s are, “rise above” and “live with passion”. Tyson’s zest for life and passion towards his job as Director of Convention Sales at Visit Rapid City shines through any time he talks about the area he calls home. Taking meetings and conventions in Rapid City, SD, from ordinary to extraordinary is what Tyson does best.

As a down-home American, Tyson loves nothing more than spending time with his lovely wife Sarah and their son Braxtyn.The Steiger’s love house projects, decorating Sarah’s 1st-grade classroom, hiking the beautiful Black Hills, taste testing wines at any of the several wineries within the area and strolling the streets of historic Downtown Rapid City, where they were the first couple to have wedding photos taken at Main Street Square. 

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