Race Through Time

A one-of-a-kind, epic local history scavenger hunt hosted annually by the MAH. Collect clues, win prizes, and bike or walk through Santa Cruz History.

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Saturday July 24th | 10am - 5pm

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General Admission: Biking Team | $20
MAH Member: Biking Team | $15
General Admission: Walking Team | $20
MAH Member: Walking Team | $15
Single Ticket | $5

*Teams can include up to five (5) people

Registration is Open Now!

Whizz through Santa Cruz history while biking or walking with friends and friendly competitors.

Sign-up as a team of 2 to 5 people then, work to solve a packet of 25 clues that reveal places in Santa Cruz that hold historical significance. The theme this year is the MAH's 25th Anniversary! (25 clues for 25 wonderful years in Santa Cruz County)

Solve the riddles to visit the next site. Complete quirky bonus challenges. Earn points and compete to win the race through time. Prizes are dolled out at the end for fastest time, most points, best dressed, and best team name.

This year we are hosting all-day rolling start times. Register under a certain time and be at the MAH ready to go. The clock starts when we send you off with your clue book. Winners will be announced here on this page and on the MAH's social media on Monday, July 25th.

Ready to Race?
Save your spot, this event does sell out. You can add/ change team members up until the event.
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How to:

Race Through Time

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Register as a Biking or Walking Team

Teams cannot split up (that's cheating). Everyone in your team must walk or bike together, so make sure everyone agrees.

Sign Up Today

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Coordinate Your Outfits

The best-dressed team gets a prize at the end of the competition. Plus, it's super fun.

Browse our Pinterest for inspiration.

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Follow the Clues

Not sure if you know enough about Santa Cruz History? Here is an example question:

Fires and quakes I have survived
Since 1900 I’ve stood with pride
Arms and heads I have none
But hands and faces I have some.
I always run but never walk,
And sometimes ring but never talk.

Answer: The Clock Tower

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Return to the MAH

Bike / walk back to the MAH to return your clue booklet, we'll note your time as we tally points over the weekend. With the rolling start times, winners will be announced here on this page and on the MAH's social media on Monday, July 25th.

Suitable for kids?

All ages are welcome and count as one of your 2-5 team members. As long as anyone can be out biking or walking for roughly two hours they are welcome to participate.

Can I bring my pet/service animal?

We love your furry friend as much as you, but no pets are allowed. Service animals are allowed and welcomed.


There are two parking garages located near the Museum at Soquel/Front Street and River/Front Street. Getting Here.


Bathrooms are located in the back of the museum, on either side of the elevator on all 3 floors. There is an all gender bathroom on the 2nd floor.


Abbott Square Market will be open, grab a drink from Front & Cooper or grab a slice from La Bufala after your race.