On Saturday September 22nd, 64 Olympic athletes arrived at the Bunker in the hopes of securing their place underground. Broken into teams of four the Olympians were tasked with following clues and completing tasks in a race for the finish line. The first team to arrive at the finish line won “a spot in the bunker in case of emergencies”. Not only were they racing against each other, but against the clock as well. Teams only had 2 hours to complete all the challenges and make it to the finish line.
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The race began in the cafeteria where they were given their first clue and tasked with searching in the dark for  certain items that would lead them to their next clue.
The first and second tasks were isolation challenges meaning only one team member was allowed to perform each task. Following the first task, the chosen racer then dashed to the nuclear family kitchen where he/she had to remember the ingredients on display. Located in another room in the bunker was a recipe for a classic dessert. Racers had to memorize the recipe, report back to the Nuclear Family Kitchen, and tell the staff member what items were missing from the recipe. Only once they had listed all missing items were they given their next clue.
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Teams then sprinted across the bunker to the model room where they had to complete as a team a Security Check Point. They were given the option between completing a timeline and performing a speech.

Once given approval on completing the challenge their next clue led them to the blast tunnel where one team member had to run up and down the tunnel collecting information about a person in Canadian history. Using the information located at the end of the tunnel, they had to correctly fill in the blanks. However, not all information provided was correct and the challenge became identifying the correct information.

Once the biography was completed teams were led to the next Security Check Point where the racers had to work together to either spot the difference or replicate a display.

The final leg of the race was a scramble to the finish line. Using a cipher wheel, one team member had to run around a room decoding the coded messages. However, only one of the messages disclosed the location of the finish line. Once the location was revealed it was a race to the finish line.
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All teams raced valiantly but only one team was named a winner and awarded their “spots” underground. Out of the 16 teams, 6 finished the race with the first-place team finishing only seconds before another.
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We would like to thank all participants for coming and having great attitudes throughout the entire race! We would also like to thank AthletesCAN and Yellow House Events for choosing us as their final stop on their tour! We hope everyone enjoyed themselves and learned a little along the way.
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2018 Blog

Twas’ the Night Before Grinchmas
Diefenbunker Introduces new Visitor Experience Manager
Livin’ the Guide Life
Artifact by Air
Snow Day? S’No Problem! Strengthen your spy skills with these at home crafts!
100 years ago, the guns fell silent.
Artifacts and Archives: Behind the Scenes
"The mountains opened, and two missiles appeared into the sky.”
There’s been an incident at the Bunker.
Thankful for Freedom: A Cold War Thanksgiving
Welcome to the Undead Army
Unconventional Spaces: Renting the Diefenbunker
Igor Gouzenko: The Anniversary of his Defection
75 feet under: Behind-the-Scenes in the Machine Room
EIGHT: Arrival
SEVEN: Renewed Topographics
SIX: The Stanley R. Mickelsen Safeguard Complex
FIVE: Ronald Reagan Minuteman Missile State Historic Site
FOUR: Mt. Rushmore and the greatness of hope
THREE: The Power of the Atom – Idaho’s Experimental Breeder Reactor I
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TWO: Wendover Airfield – Home of the Enola Gay
ONE: Bye Bye Blackbirds – Cold War Relics in the Californian Desert
Prologue: Destination Ottawa (via Tucson and Calexico)
Spy Camp Week 1: The Art of Espionage
Diefenbunker Appoints a New Executive Director
Adventures from the Coldest Part of the Cold War- ONLY 2 DAYS AWAY!!
Marc Adornato’s Ruined Landscapes- Opening April 5, 2018 at the Bunker!
Mission Report- Easter at the Bunker
March 14 is Pi Day!
Introducing Agent ‘H’
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