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. Stay tuned for upcoming dates.

Stay Tuned for Upcoming Dates

Teams will be whizzing through Santa Cruz history while biking or walking with friends and friendly competitors.

Sign-up as a team of 2 to 5 people, or sign up solo to join a team at random. Then, work to solve a packet of 20 clues that reveal places in Santa Cruz that hold historical significance.

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.

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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Join the Dance Party

Return back to the MAH and grab a bite to eat from Abbott Square, take fun photos, and boogie down with the DJ while MAH staff tally up points.

Special thank you to Bike Santa Cruz County for lending us their bike racks for this event.

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.

Event Schedule

Check-in your team between 1-1:30pm. The race runs from 2-3:30pm. At 4pm teams must be back at the MAH or they will be docked points. Winners will be announced at 5pm.


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. Try out the new Blue Bunny Tacos and grab a drink from Front & Cooper.