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Join us For a UNIQUE Downtown adventure

Taking place in downtown Somerset, this is like a scavenger hunt or geocaching but using street maps to explore downtown by foot. You can join as a solo individual, a team of 2-5 person or as a family.

Adventure Begins

August 17th, 2024 8am

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INtroduction

Your team will move from location to location by foot using only a map, accumulating points for each location visited. There is a time limit of 4 hours and no preset route. Your team must decide the route to acquire as many points as you can within the time limit. You can go as far or as close as you want hitting only the points you want to go to. Just be back by the 4-hour cutoff or you will face steep penalties.

URBAN Environment

You will be traveling through an urban environment, so expect to visit checkpoints at local shops, historical sites, and beautiful parks. You might even learn a little history and take awesome photos at some of Somerset’s famous murals and buildings. Most importantly, you will have fun exploring gorgeous downtown somerset by foot.

how it works

At registration, each team is given race instructions and a map with various locations marked on it. The team has to navigate to those locations by only foot (no bicycle, roller blades, scooters, cars, etc).

The team can use the time before the start to plan their route as route choices and time management are important. However, the race director may throw some surprises into the mix so plans should be flexible.

At each location there will be a QR code or special code that they must take a picture with their phone or scan with a special app. Teams will then mark on their passport that they had visited the location. Once the team has visited as many locations as possible, they will return back to the finish area.

Teams are scored based on the point value of the locations visited then by who was the fastest. More will be revealed on this at the race meeting.

registration Cost

Youth 16 and under
$ 25
/person
Discounted rates for those 16 and under. Cost is per person, not team.
  • Cool tech t-shirt featuring our SomerUrban Logo
  • Finisher medal
  • A lot of fun and great memories
Signup
Adults
$ 35
/person
For those 17+ and older. Cost is per person, not team.
  • Cool tech t-shirt featuring our SomerUrban Logo
  • Finisher medal
  • A lot of fun and great memories
Signup

Other Details

Race day Schedule

  • 7am – Check-in opens. Race packets handed out.
    Protip: Arrive early so you can use the time until race start to plan your route and determine how many locations you are going to visit.

  • 745am – Pre-race meeting with final notes and any rule changes.

  • 800am – Race Start

  • 1200pm – Race Cut Off

  • 1215-1230pm – Awards

Things to know

  • Participants will receive a race guide the week prior to the event with critical information.
  • Check-in location announced in your race guide so make sure you receive it.
  • Bathrooms will be at the start/finish.
  • This is a bring your own food and hydration event. We will have some water available on-site but nothing on course.
  • There are stores and other businesses on the course where items may be purchased.
  • It is important to make sure our emails (events at vindura.fit) are not blocked or check back to this page regularly for more information.

Divisions

  • Solo (Male and Female)

  • 2-5 Person Team (Male, Female, Coed)

  • Family: Family teams require someone 16 or younger on race day to be part of the team. We ask that if you are an experienced racer that you do not use the family team division.

Scoring

  • Teams will first be ranked by point value for the checkpoints visited then by time.

  • Checkpoints(CPs) may be visited in any order unless otherwise noted in the race instructions.

  • In order to receive credit for visiting a checkpoint, QR code must be scanned. A backup passport will be provided in the event of a technology failure.

  • There is a 4 hour time limit. Any team/solo arriving late will receive a penalty per minute late. This will be indicated on the race instructions and covered at the race briefing.

Gear Requirement

Per Individual

  • Food/water hydration for the duration of the event.
  • Clothing appropriate for weather conditions (Example: cold weather jacket)
  • Enthusiasm

Per Team/Solo Individual

  • Backpack – We recommend at least per team to carry gear
  • Mobile phone – Fully charged in waterproof or double-ziplock bag
  • Sharpie/marker
  • Waterproof protection for maps – Zip lock bag, map case, etc
  • Compass (optional)
  • Bib number – Provided at race check-in. Must be visible at all times by race staff.

Rules

  1. No trespassing. Stay on public property such as sidewalks, roads, and paths. Do not cut through private property (yards, driveways, etc). If it is questionable, don’t do it.
  2. Use crosswalks when they are available. Some crossings may have stop timer checkpoints to allow you to pause your race clock.
  3. Stay out of prohibited areas as marked on your map. Certain roads will be prohibited from crossing except at designated crossings.
  4. Team members must stay within 30 meters of each other at ALL times.
  5. GPS Devices: Keep all GPS-capable devices out of sight for the entirety of the race. If everyone follows this rule, then we should never get an accusation of a team using such a device to cheat.
  6. Cellphones: May be used for scanning QR codes, taking photos ONLY and tracking your progress for post race review. Under no circumstances may they be for navigation purposes.
  7. Racers must assist any person in danger.
  8. Any person or team withdrawing from the race must notify race staff in person. If one or more members of a team wish to continue the race after a teammate withdraws, they may do so as an unranked team/solo provided that the entire team has checked in with race staff first. Leaving a teammate behind will result in immediate disqualification.
  9. Leave no trace.

Race management may modify these rules. We will inform all racers of any rule changes at the pre-race meeting.

Frequently Asked Questions

We have designed this event for all levels of fitness and ability levels. Some racers will run to reach far out checkpoints. Others will focus on walking to the nearest checkpoints within 0.5 miles of the Start/Finish.

No! In fact, if you think you may even do it solo or with just one person, we encourage you to register sooner than later. This allows our staff to get an idea on the number of teams. We can always add team members up until race morning and change divisions/team names up until Thursday before the race.

We allow for the team captain to register everyone OR Each team member can register using their own account information on RunSignup if they desire.

To register individually, the team captain registers first creating a team under the desired division. The team captain assigns as password. Other team members can then register and select "Existing Team", find their team, and enter the password.  This allows team members to use their own account and billing methods.

Great! Simply create two teams with the same name but with a #1 and #2 at the end. If you wish, you can still use unique names. Simply travel together all day. In fact, we have accounted for this by not including anything in the rules about teams working together. Each team will be ranked separately in results.

No, you travel with all your team members. Sometimes there is a special navigation challenge, in which you can decide to continue on or split to cover more ground quickly.

We have designed this race to be somewhat old school with a splash of tech. Your phone can be used for picture taking and scanning QR codes. However, it is against the rules to use it for navigation. In fact, it really wouldn't help you a whole lot.

Our race is designed for all levels of navigators. In the rare event that you get lost, you can rest assured we will come find you. We will even help you get back on track for a small points penalty.

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