La Grange couple love thrill of a good race

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By Kenny Colston


Danielle and Stephen Sauerbeck love a good scavenger hunt.

So far, their love of such events has taken them to Chicago, Milwaukee, even Puerto Rico.

That’s because the Sauerbeck’s participate in events similar to CBS’ The Amazing Race, which is a mix of scavenger hunts and travel, through two companies: Urban Race and Urban Dare.

The couple most recently participated in the Great Urban Race Nationals, which were held in Puerto Rico on Dec. 7. The La Grange residents finished sixth overall, even though they didn’t start racing together until last year.

Stephen Sauerbeck said the reason he and his wife do the events is simple.

“We just have a lot of fun with it,” he said.

Stephen first started entering the scavenger-like races two years ago with his brother-in-law, signing up for a Louisville Dare race with a Groupon. Stephen and his brother-in-law won that race.

From there, Danielle entered the races, which led the two to Columbus, Indianapolis, Milwaukee and Chicago through the two companies. The couple finished second in Columbus and third in Indianapolis.

The two finished in the top 20 in the Chicago race, which qualified them for the nationals in Puerto Rico. Stephen said the Chicago race is the hardest of two national qualifers, which he and his wife weren’t aware of until after they raced.

To better prepare, Stephen, who works at the Rawlings Group, said he had bilinigual coworkers help him learn some Spanish for two months leading up to the nationals.

At nationals, the Sauerbecks competed against 75 other teams, including some experienced pros.

“There are several professionals, they have sponsorships and you can tell they aren’t having as much fun,” Stephen Sauerbeck said. “We just have a lot of fun with it, even more so when we made top eight in Puerto Rico. Once we got to the finals it was less stressful.”

The key to the couple’s success in the races is easy, Stephen said.

“We get along really well, we’ve been married five years,” Stephen said. “We’re able to recognize what each other is thinking pretty quickly.”

Danielle agrees that teamwork is key to their success in the races.

“It’s a pretty hard challenge, you have to work together,” she said. “And it really helps when you do, if we didn’t work together, we’d lose.”

The couple is already planning on attending the Urban Dare championships in May, but the location has yet to be set. And they are also mulling over auditioning for the biggest scavenger race around, The Amazing Race.

“Absolutely, we’re looking at that,” Danielle said. “We’ve got a video from our last race, we’ve talked about it a little, but not much.”

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