Saturday, August 26, 2006

Urban Dare Santa Monica Top Five

It was a beautiful day here in Santa Monica where we started the race right on the beach. That's my kind of urban living - or should be. Many thanks to all of you who participated in today's race.

Congratulations to team Separated at Birth, Ty Buxman and Cheryl Smith, who finished first with a time of 2:09:36.

And kudos to Lauren Wagman and Maya Ramos, Los Dos Dolares, who were the first team to arrive at the finish. They came in second and ran a great race.

Here are the top five finishers:

1 2:09:36 Ty Buxman & Cheryl Smith - Separated at Birth
2 2:11:53 Lauren Wagman & Maya Ramos - Dos Dolares
3 2:18:38 Karen Brochin & John Ratliff - Kar-Rat
4 2:28:53 David Olds & Damian Garcia - Fluffy Bunny
5 2:31:04 Tracy & Mark Dressner

This is the first Urban Dare where all of the participants successfully completed the course, congratulations to all of Santa Monica. It was well represented today.

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Urban Dare Santa Monica - Sat. Aug 26

On Saturday at 11am we will start the Urban Dare Santa Monica. The race will start on the beach next to the Santa Monica Pier on the south side. Look for us in our distinctive light blue Urban Dare shirts. We will do check-in at 10:30. You can register on race day.

This year participants must wear their Urban Dare t-shirt throughout the race. We'll get your shirts to you at the check-in. You should have a cell phone and a digital camera. Maps are also handy.

The Urban Dare start is unique. We will ask multiple choice questions and you will move into A, B, C or D areas depending on your answer. Get a few answers correct and you are on your way. This gives us a staggered start, but we'll be through it quickly. Questions will be based on local trivia and you can't use your phones at this stage of the race.

Once you are out of the starting blocks, you will pick up your clue sheets and be on your way. You can call friends as much as you want for help on clues. For the checkpoints that mention a dare, you must check in with the Urban Dare official, accomplish your task, and get your passport stamped before moving on. On checkpoints that mention a photo, you must get a photo with both team members to show you were both there. This is a team race. You must be together throughout the race.

At checkpoints with dares, you must accomplish a task and get your passport stamped to move on to the next checkpoint. Dares range from throwing a bulls-eye, doing a climbing wall, completing a puzzle or eating something(things people like, not bugs)

We expect the winners will finish the race in less than 3 hours and most of you will finish under 4 hours. We are working to provide a fun-filled day for you, while providing some good challenges.

The winners will receive free round trip airfare and 2 nights hotel for the Champions Race on December 9. They will find out their destination, when they report to the airport on December 8

Check out Urban Dare at

See you on Saturday.