At the beginning of the race, each team will be given a sheet of paper with twelve clues. Solve those clues then make your way to the checkpoints indicated by your answers and follow the instructions as to what to do at each one.
At some points you'll complete a challenge, at others take a picture, or you might need to figure out where to scavenge a certain item. All challenges will be completable by nearly anyone and you have the option of skipping one of the twelve clues. Strategy will play a big role in which to skip. Keep in mind, however, that getting all 12 checkpoints correct will not place you above a team getting only 11. Sometimes doing all 12 is a good insurance policy against mistakes. You may also have mandatory clues, which will be indicated on your clue sheet.
To be considered an official finisher, you must complete at least one point, though you will likely complete all or most over the course of the day.
Races may contain one or more Detours, which is a choice between two challenges. Choose the one you think will be fastest or most fun.
Once you cross the finish line, you are done. You are highly encouraged to check your photos prior to crossing the line. ...There's no going back out!
Rankings are determined by who completes eleven or more checkpoints in the shortest amount of time.
Clues must be solved, checkpoints reached, challenges completed
Team: You may have to work through an obstacle, ride a big wheel, build a human pyramid with strangers, blow a bubble larger than a softball, etc.
Scavenge: You may be asked to return to the finish line at the end of the race, with a specific item.
Mental: Puzzles like you might see in the newspaper, Where's Waldo, search a word, anagrams, etc.
Local Knowledge: Questions about your city, and what makes it unique, and "Where is that statue..?" You will probably be taking a picture with it.
Phone-a-friend: The best help you can have is a person (we like to think of them as a Pit Crew) seated in front of an internet connection at home that you can call as necessary. You may need to figure out some unique local trivia, get directions, figure out song lyrics, etc. You can also use smartphones, library internet connections, GPS devices, etc to get the answers to questions you need.