If you’re here, you’ve surely read our cover story on 52 things you must do if you want to call yourself a Dallasite. We imagine there are a few that you’ve already done, and we’re positive there are a bunch you haven’t. We want to give you some added incentive to take advantage of all the greatest city in the world has to offer. For the next 52 weeks, we’ll be running a series of challenges, and giving away a big prize to the winner of each challenge. At the end of each challenge period, we’ll randomly select a winner from everyone who participated. Every challenge will have its own rules, but be prepared for something of a city-wide scavenger hunt—and be prepared to take photos of yourself in action, to prove how much of a Dallasite you really are. Happy hunting.

Challenge #2: Dallas Activities

Challenge period: April 10-June 30
Prize: 1 night stay at The Adolphus + 60 Minute Spa treatment from Spa Adolphus + Dinner for two in The French Room

Dallas isn’t just city life. Get out and prove that you’re taking advantage of the nature that surrounds us—afterward, one person will be whisked back into the middle of downtown courtesy the Adolphus. Also, be sure to post your favorite of the bunch on Instagram with hashtag #Dallas52Things and tag @D_Magazine and @theadolphushotel so we can follow your experience.

#1 Bike White Rock Lake

White Rock Lake is Dallas’ headlining attraction when it comes to nature. Biking the trail around it, with the lake breeze on your face, is the best way to savor it. The running app Strava named White Rock Lake East—the 2-mile section from the spillway to Sunset Bay—one of the 10 most popular cycling segments in the country. Views of the Dallas Arboretum to the east and downtown to the west attract joyriders and racers alike. Join the peloton.

#2 Hike Cedar Ridge Preserve

Anyone who thinks Dallas is flat and desolate hasn’t been to Cedar Ridge Preserve, which offers 9 miles of trails that wind through forested chalk and limestone terrain reminiscent of the Hill Country.

#3 Catch a sunrise at Lemmon Lake

It’s not easy to get to Lemmon Lake. The slowly growing network of trails through the Great Trinity Forest still hasn’t made it there, which is part of what preserves its bucolic, isolated charm. But if you set out at dawn and follow the footpaths hikers have made through the forest, you may be rewarded with sightings of white-faced ibis, roseate spoonbills, and wood storks.

#4 Pedal through Downtown

The second annual Dallas Bike Ride will start at City Hall on November 3 this year. It’s the only time you’ll have a chance to ride with thousands of other cyclists through 20 miles of urban streets that have been closed to cars. dallasbikeride.com. Note: a picture of you biking in downtown will suffice.

#5 Workout like a Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader

We’ve seen a boom in out-of-town fitness studios bringing in trendy workouts with dark rooms and thumping playlists. But former drill sergeant Jay Johnson has been perfecting Dallas bods, including the lean ladies of the DCC, with his stripped-down boot camps for 17 years. Sign up for a 5:30 am session downtown, where Johnson trains on a patch of turf under the hooves of the original neon Pegasus at the Omni Dallas Hotel. As your elbows buckle during your umpteenth burpee and Johnson’s bellows of “Make your glutes salute!” ring in your ears, you’ll know that it’s not just a workout—it’s a rite of passage. jayssoldierfit.com. Note: You don’t actually have to workout with Jay Johnson to be eligible, although kudos to you if you do. Just show us your favorite Dallas workout routine, and we will count that as part of your entry.

#6 Use a share bike responsibly

We don’t mean to be your parents here, but come on. Y’all are embarrassing us. Yes, there are probably too many of the luridly colored cycles in downtown Dallas and the rest of the city, and, no, they are probably not going anywhere anytime soon. So start using them with a modicum of care. Don’t just hop off and let the Ofo fall where it may. If Dallas is going to be a bike-friendly city, this means share bikes, too.

Submission for Challenge #2

Submit your photos of Dallas activities here. The current challenge starts April 10, and ends June 30, 2018.

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#1: Instagram

Challenge dates: Apr. 2-9

Prize: Two VIP tickets to the April 14 Eye Ball party as a guest of 1530 Main

#2: Activities

Challenge dates: Apr. 10-Jun. 30

Prize: 1 night stay at The Adolphus + 60-minute Spa treatment from Spa Adolphus + Dinner for two in The French Room

#3: Food/Drink

Challenge dates: Jul. 1-Aug. 15

Prize: Private Party for 20 in the Monkey Bar ($1,000 value)

#4: Events

Challenge dates: Aug. 16-Sept. 30

Prize: A complimentary cocktail + a private mixology lesson + 1 night stay at the Rosewood Mansion

#5: Cowboy

Challenge dates: Oct. 1-17

Prize: Pair of Cattle Baron Ball Tickets

#6: Sports

Challenge dates: Oct. 18-Nov. 30

Prize: FC Dallas Package: A pair of tickets, swag bag, VIP game day experience ($250 value) + 2 Tickets to an upcoming Dallas Mavericks game during the 2018-2019 Season (Date/Time TBD).

#7: Timing

Challenge dates: Dec. 1-Feb. 28, 2019

Prize Coming Soon

#8: Experiences

Challenge dates: Mar. 1-31, 2019

Prize Coming Soon


What is the 52 Things Every Dallasite Must Do challenge?

Whether you’ve lived in Dallas your entire life or you just followed Toyota to town, there is plenty to explore here. Our editors created a list of the 52 Things You Must Do in Dallas and we turned it into a scavenger hunt!

How do I enter?

Submit your photographic evidence in the form above.

How long is the challenge?

The overall challenge lasts 52 weeks, but each challenge period differs. The current challenge is Dallas Activities which starts April 10, and ends June 30.

What is the current challenge?

The current challenge is Dallas Activities.

How and when will the winner be announced?

We will pick a winner at random from the pool of entries. We will announce the winner 1 week after the submission period ends, and the winner will be contacted via email.

Official Rules and Terms & Conditions

Click here to view official contest rules and terms and conditions.

I have another question.

Contact Carly Mann for general questions or Tracy Albertson for sponsorship opportunities.

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