Monday, March 16, 2009

Urban Dare Austin - Saturday, March 21

Urban Dare Austin begins Saturday, March 21 at Noon. The race will begin and end at Mother Egans Irish Pub, at 715 W 6th Street. Check-in will begin at 11:00am and will be taking registration up to the start of the race.

Proceeds from the race will go towards the fight against breast cancer.

This will be our first race with a family division. I've always allowed kids to race with their parents, but never made an official division. Family divisions can be three or four people and must have one person 16 or under.

We will host 5 events in Texas this year, so we will have a series champion. We will take your 3 best finishes for champion points. The winning pair will get Urban Dare belt buckles. I've always been jealous of belt buckles from rodeos, so we are creating them for the Texas series.

We are relaxing our rule on having to wear Urban Dare shirts. If you have team costumes/uniforms, you may wear those. Otherwise, you must wear the Urban Dare shirts, which you will receive at check-in. There will also be a $50 prize for the best photo from the race. 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 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. 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.

Here is the Texas series schedule. Austin is March 21, Dallas on May 2, San Antonio on Sep 19, and Houston on November 21. We will also add Ft. Worth in the Fall.

See you at the race.