While racing through the city on a Sunday might seem like the worst possible way to escape the previous week's cycle of toil and traffic, CityRace is a welcome alternative to those stultifying 9-to-5 days. It takes place in West Hollywood, where teams of two to four players investigate a series of clues, which lead them across the gun-shaped confines of Boystown to discover things they never knew — both about the city and about how well the mind works under a three-hour deadline to solve as many clues as possible. It's less a scavenger hunt than a brain trust — “trust” being the operative word here, as you put your faith in your teammates to rack their brains even as you rack your own. The one-two punch to inertia that comes from being active and thinking hard is that much more of a reward as you bravely push the boundaries of the concept of “winning.” West Hollywood Park, 647 N. San Vicente Blvd., W. Hlywd.; Sun., July 7, 11 a.m., $40. (310) 360-6950, racela.com.

Sun., July 7, 11 a.m., 2013

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