Frequently Asked Questions
- Race Day
Each team will be given an envelope that contains twelve clues ranging in difficulty at the start of the race.
The clue sheet will contain a mixture of clues – some physical and some mental. Teams will have the option to skip one clue, but there may be a clue that is mandatory. Failure to complete a mandatory clue will result in disqualification.
The course is designed so the winners should finish in 1.5 - 3 hours, the majority in 3 - 4 hours, and the race course is shut down after 5 hours. Every city is unique.
The distance of the race depends on the route you take. Think 4-8 miles on your feet or by transit, maybe less, maybe more. It's up to you and depends on the route you choose!
You will be presented with a variety of challenging and unique tasks! Below are basic descriptions of clues you may encounter. Check out the Clues page for specific examples!
Physical Challenges: Feed your teammate some tasty food, do something daring, or compete in a game. Mazes, Segways, Tae Kwon Do lessons, bicycle races, holding huge fish, canoeing and many other activities were used during the 2009 (prior seasons?) season.
Puzzles: Think anagrams, word searches, cryptograms and crosswords.
Brain Teasers: Riddles or tests to tease your brain.
Challenges: Interaction with the general public.
For every incorrect or incomplete clue, a 30-minute penalty will be added to the team's finish time. You must have 11 complete and correct clues to avoid a penalty.Once a team crosses the finish line, teams will not have the option of returning to properly complete any incomplete or incorrect clue.
It is the team's responsibility to bring to the finish line all necessary proof of completion as specified on the clue sheet.
You should receive confirmation email immediately from our registration site. About one month before the race, you'll receive an email from the Great Urban Race staff with the final details. You'll also receive two more emails prior to the race. Your packet will be available at packet pick-up the morning of the race, organized alphabetically by team name. There you will receive your t-shirts and bib numbers. Everyone will receive their clues at 12:00pm the day of the race immediately following the rules and announcements. It's a big time saver to print off the waiver and come with it initialed and signed, so it is ready to go! This will save you and everyone else a lot of time waiting in line. For our super-prepared racers, below is the waiver to download, read, print, initial and sign:
We're unable to offer refunds no matter the circumstance, but you do have the option to transfer your registration to a different person or transfer your registration to a different race in 2012. To switch your registration shoot us a message here! Please send us your confirmation number, city, the name of the original teammate(s) and the new teammate's name, email address and t-shirt size. Teams may not transfer registration to the National Championship race and the transfer may only occur to a race in the current year.
Packet pick-up is alphabetical by team name. You must have a completed waiver covering all teammates and provide your team name to Great Urban Race staff. NOTE: If your team name starts with "the" or "team" your packet will be alphabetized by the next letter. For example, "The Blue Barricudas" would be under "B."
Whatever you're comfortable in! Costumes are always encouraged, but all participants will receive a Great Urban Race t-shirt on race day as well.
Dress for the elements and check the weather in your area prior to the race. You'll be on your feet for the day, so comfortable shoes are recommended!
A team's time will be recorded when all teammates have crossed the finish line.
We will announce the Top 25 teams and all other awards at the awards ceremony shortly after the race ends. All finishing times (after adjusting for penalties) will be posted on the website by Tuesday following the race.