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Nearly 2,000 couples hunt for $15,000 diamond ring

SPOKANE, Wash. - It's a one of a kinds treasure hunt and Saturday it took downtown Spokane by storm.  It's was the first ever Dodson Diamond Dash and nearly two thousand couples from all over showed up to duke it out for the grand prize.

Organizers say, Dodson's Diamond Dash is a game of dreams.   It's a high tech treasure hunt in downtown Spokane. With a 15-thousand dollar, sparkling prize and participants showed up with just two words on their minds.  "Diamond.... Ring," said one participant.

Here's how it works, a text message is sent to player's phones that gives them different clues and challenges. Couples run, pedal, and roll on scooters to the next location to get the next clue, and one step closer to the ring.

Kristen Kissinger and Bryce Boltjes are newly engaged, they say they've developed a very specific strategy to beat out the rest.  "We're smarter than everyone else," said Kissinger, "and faster and  stronger."

The two ran from challenge to challenge.  They said with a 2.5 carat ring as motivation there's no time, to slow down.  "I'd be elated if we won, words couldn't even explain it."

In the end  the person with the most challenges completed correctly took home the ring.   The winners Mary and Sean  Herral say,  there's no other feeling like it, in the world.  "We never thought we'd win," said Mary, "I just never even imagined!"

The two were married in February and Mary already has a ring.  The couple says they don't know what they'll do with the $15,000 diamond.  For now they say they'll probably just sit on that important decision.

Kaitlyn Buldoc
KHQ Reporter

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