Tuesday, May 20, 2008

New York City, come play THE LOST SPORT Saturday June 7 @ Central Park!

The ancient Greeks banned it, but we’re playing it anyway! If you're in New York City, COME OUT AND PLAY...

2000 years ago, the ancient Greeks played a game they called simply "The Labyrinth." Until recently, little has been known about the mysterious sport - only that it required the athletes to be blindfolded, and that eventually it was banned from their Olympics games. Now, the rules for the lancient abyrinth have been rediscovered - and for the first time in modern history, the world will learn to play the Labyrinth again.

On Saturday June 7, 2008, come learn the sport and participate in a labyrinth race - or just come to watch, as The Lost Sport of Olympia is rediscovered in New York City.

Come early at 4:30 PM if you want to learn the history of the lost sport and pick up super sneaky game strategies! Meet at the fountain at the Columbus Circle Entrance to Central Park. You must arrive by 5 PM to come with us! (If you’re late, we’ll leave a clue chalked on the pavement to help you find us...) Play the game 5-6 PM at a secret hidden location in Central Park.

The top 5 reasons why you should come play The Lost Sport:

1) It’s really easy to learn the lost sport. All it requires is a blindfold (which we provide!), trust, courage, and collaboration with the other 100 people who show up to play.

2) It’s a big, global secret. You’ll be training in NYC while other alternate reality Olympians are training in Tokyo, Madrid, London, San Francisco, Sao Paolo, Buenos Aires, Los Angeles, Wellington, and more. We’ll get to compare our cities’ best times against theirs, and compete to create the fastest labyrinths.

3) You’ll be really good at the lost sport, practically a world champion. It hasn’t been played in over 2000 years, so we are setting all kinds of world records! And think about it. When else are you going to get to compete against, and maybe even BECOME, the world’s best of a sport?

4) For the NYC event, we’re playing under the bridges in Central Park – it’s super atmospheric and fun, plus you get a bonus perspective-changing experience: In the future, whenever you pass the bridges, you’ll think of them as a super secret athletic training space where you competed … fun, fun, fun!!!

5) There’s a neat online backstory/urban legend about the lost sport that connects it with SAVING THE WORLDS. (Yes, worlds. The backstory is a geeky, quantum multiverse adventure.) You can learn the legend, and you can follow the larger online adventure/alternate reality game.

What are you waiting for? Invite friends and RSVP:

Come Out and Play Festival website

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