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What is Scavenger Dash?

Scavenger Dash is part adventure race, part scavenger hunt and a whole lotta fun.

Two person teams are given a list of twelve clues. Upon solving them, the teams head out to checkpoints around town to take photos, complete challenges, locate points of interest and search for things to scavenge, while laughing all the way for 1 1/2 to 3 hours. Race distance depends on how you set out to get to each checkpoint, but we generally try to keep it to 3-5 miles. Public transportation is allowed. See the RULES for more info.

What do we get?

  1. A great workout
  2. One of the most fun days you've ever had
  3. Every finisher receives a limited edition dogtag

What's the most important resource for our success?

You have many ways to solve clues: Your smartphone, asking strangers, the library, you can even carry a laptop if you don't mind hauling it around. But maybe the most important thing you can do is have a great "Pit Crew" as your phone-a-friend. Calling someone at home who has web access can make a huge difference in solving clues and getting directions to your destination.

Do we need fancy athletic clothes?

Wear whatever you'd typically wear for a day out roaming the streets. Some comfy running/walking shoes will make your day more fun. Matching outfits are encouraged, or better yet, wear some cool costumes!

Do we have to wear costumes?

We've got a prize for the best team costumes in every single city! And when else will you have an excuse to dress up ridiculously and run around the city streets?

Where does this take place?

Sometimes it's in a park, sometimes we start and finish at a local establishment. See the registration page for your city.

If my teammate or I can't make it, can I get a refund?

No refunds for any reason because we prepurchase insurance, race shirts, staff, etc. However, you can switch teammates at any time. Just log in to your Eventbrite account and make the changes to your registration there.

Alternatively, you can switch to any other race by just emailing us your request.

Do I need to be a runner to finish?

If you can walk 5 miles, you will likely be able to complete the event. Keep in mind you can also use public transportation. Winners will probably have run much of it, but that doesn't mean they had as much fun as you did walking. Total course distance done entirely on foot may be longer, but keep in mind you can also skip one checkpoint.

Teams are ranked first by number of checkpoints attained, then by the time it took them to finish. You may skip one of the 12 checkpoints, but getting all 12 will NOT place you above a team getting 11 checkpoints. Sometimes it's just a good insurance policy against mistakes such as your picture didn't take, you ran out of time or you went to the wrong place. If you make it to just one checkpoint, your still considered an official finisher, though most teams will complete all of the required points.

Do I have to be an expert on my city?

No. Many of our participants will be from out of town. Being familiar has its advantages, but a good pit crew as your phone-a-friend is even more valuable.

Maps: Maps are a good idea, and you'll want to bring any you think that might help you.

Do we have to complete the checkpoints in any particular order?

You'll want to pick the route you think is fastest, it's entirely up to you.

There may be a set timeframe in which you must visit a checkpoint. For instance, Checkpoint 7 may only be open from 1pm-3pm but that's part of the strategy!

Will I have to eat bugs?

You may have to eat something, but nothing too creepy. We'll keep it tolerable.

How long is the race?

Time: about 2-3 hours. But plan to stick around for a fun party atmosphere in the afternoon. Distance: we imagine most teams spending around 3-5 miles on their feet, give or take. In cities with great public transportation (Chicago, for example) may cover a longer distance.

When (and what) is race check-in?

Race check-in opens at 11am. In order to speed things up, please print and fill out either this ADULT WAIVER ot this MINOR WAIVER ahead of time. Please arrive by 11:30am at the latest so you can be ready for the pre-race announcements at 11:45am. The race starts promptly at noon.

Do you cancel if it rains?

Heck no! Many of our participants think the rainy day events end up being the most fun! We only ever make changes based on safety.

Who came up with this?

Scavenger Dash is a fun and accessible spin on adventure racing. Sierra Adventure Sports has been hosting adventure races, 5k's, bike races, Mad Mud Run, etc since 2003.

How can I volunteer?

Volunteers are needed from 11am til 3pm. Please email us and indicate which city you are interested in helping out with. Duties may include overseeing a mystery challenge, helping with check-in or handing out
t-shirts. We're saying thanks with a free entry into any of our other races!

Can we see the results after the race?

Yes, your team name, participant names, and time along with any photos we may have will be posted on your city's race page by the Tuesday following the race. Please email us your photos for inclusion on the website.

Will there be any awards?

Yes. Just after 3pm we will have an awards ceremony. We'll have awards for our top three teams, an award for best costume, as well as a raffle for free race entries. At least one teammate MUST be present to win.

Anything else you need to know? EMAIL US!






These items are not required, they can certainly be useful!

-something to snack on
-cell phone charger
-gallon ziplock bag to keep your clues dry in case of rain
-dollar bills/coins in case you need to take public transit or purchase an item
-a bandana in case you encounter a blindfolded challenge and would like to use your own


Are you a local business that would like to sponsor a challenge checkpoint or donate promotional items to our post-race raffle?

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