Sunday, April 13, 2008

World Record Start - DC Sat, April 19

This Saturday's Urban Dare DC will be our first ever Guinness World Record start. We plan on setting the record for the most people participating in a 3-legged race. The race begins at high noon at the Ellipse, which lies right between the White House and the Washington Monument at 15th St and Constitution Ave NW.

I thank the National Park Service for granting us a permit for this prime location.

I'm really looking forward to this day.

We will begin check-in at 10:00 and will be taking registration up to the start of the race. Look for us in the light blue t-shirts.

When I applied with Guinness, they responded that there is no current record. They have created this new category and are awaiting documentation to declare a new record. It should be good fun. If you have any friends or family that may want to help set the record, they may join us for the 3-legged race without registering for Urban Dare.

You must wear your Urban Dare shirts throughout the race, which we will give you at check-in. You should bring a cell phone and a digital camera to show your pictures at the end of the race. A cell phone camera will work. Maps are also handy and you should have someone to call to help look up clues. I also recommend a pen or pencil to take notes.

Urban Dare,, is the race where smarts can beat speed. Teams of 2 solve clues to find checkpoints where they must take photos or perform dares.

Once you are done setting a new World record, 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. You may walk, run or use public transportation to get to checkpoints.

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 about 2 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.

See you at the race.