How will the clues work?
At the beginning of the race, each team will be given a sheet of paper with twelve clues. Solve those clues then make your way to the checkpoints indicated by your answers and follow the instructions as to what to do at each one.
At some points you'll complete a challenge, at others take a picture, or you might need to figure out where to scavenge a certain item. All challenges can be completed by nearly anyone and you have the option of skipping one of the twelve clues. Strategy will play a big role in which to skip. Keep in mind, however, that getting all 12 checkpoints correct will not place you above a team getting only 11. Sometimes doing all 12 is a good insurance policy against mistakes. You may also have mandatory clues, which will be indicated on your clue sheet.
To be considered an official finisher, you must complete at least one checkpoint, though you will likely complete all or most over the course of the day.
Races may contain one or more Detours, which is a choice between two challenges. Choose the one you think will be fastest or most fun.
Once you cross the finish line, you are done. You are highly encouraged to check your photos prior to crossing the line... once you are in, there's no going back out!
Rankings are determined by who completes eleven or more checkpoints in the shortest amount of time.
Can you tell me a little bit more about what I can expect?
As a team you may have to work through an obstacle, ride a big wheel, build a human pyramid with strangers, blow a bubble larger than a softball, etc. You may be asked to return to the finish line at the end of the race with a specific item. You might have to solve puzzles like you might see in the newspaper (Where's Waldo, search a word, anagrams, Morse code, etc.) You might have to answer some questions about Mesa and what makes it unique. You might have to find a statue or other landmark and take a picture with by it. It's all fun stuff!
Is there an age requirement to enter the event?
Anyone 12 or older can join the fun! Each team must have at least one adult (18 years or older.)
What are my parking options?
There is a free public parking lots. Parking suggestions include the dirt lot on 2nd St and Pasadena, just east of the Marriott, and the convention center parking lot west of the hotel. The Mesa Convention Center lot will be closed for the event.
Can we wear a costume or dress up if we want?
Absolutely!! We encourage it and want everyone to have fun. Prizes will be awarded for best costumes. It is NOT necessary to wear a costume if dressing up is not your thing.
What should I bring to the event?
A smart phone is a great idea to help you navigate and look up information. Bring plenty of fluids, too, since it is Arizona and you will be hustling around. A bike and helmet!
Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
If me or my teammate can't make it, can I get a refund?
Sorry, no refunds will be given, however you can switch teammates at any time. Just log back into Eventrbrite and it allows you to change your teammates when needed.
Do I have to be an expert on Mesa?
No. Many participants will be from out of town. Being familiar has its advantages, but a good pit crew like a phone-a-friend is even more valuable and a good street map would be a great asset.
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
No, we'll have you on our roster as long as you signed up here.
What is the refund policy?
No refunds will be given unless the event is cancelled by us.