The Rocket Race is an urban adventure competition where teams of up to four will be using their brains to solve science fiction themed clues that lead them by car and on foot all around the San Diego area. The theme for the 2011 race was "Galaxy's Most Wanted" so teams faced off against some of the worst sci-fi and fantasy villains from film, literature, television, comics and more. The Deep Space Niners, winners of the 2010 race, snagged first place again, while The Once & Future Beckers narrowly edged out Ludicrous Speed for the second place position.
The 2011 race had two stages. It started with a puzzle hunt in the morning that led through five fiendish clues from Mira Mesa to Scripps Ranch to Rancho Penasquitos, and finished with a photo scavenger hunt for nine locations in the afternoon, winding through Black Mountain, Poway, Rancho Bernardo and ending in Escondido, with teams trying to reach as many places as possible before the race finish time at 5 PM. At the finish line, there was one final puzzle: to identify the mastermind behind the release of the villains.
Saturday, November 19, 2011
Solving clues might require solving puzzles, using sci-fi trivia, or even visiting local landmarks for information. Teams are allowed to use any material at their disposal, including mobile phones and Internet-enabled gadgets, maps, lightsabers, pens, pencils, crayons, sonic screwdrivers, mascots, Cylon detectors, sensible footwear and guidebooks. Teams are strongly encouraged to use have access to the Internet in their quest, either by having Internet-enabled devices on them, or having a friend at a computer that they can call.
The winner will be determined as the team who has returned to the finish line, with having reached and photographed themselves at the most correct photo scavenger hunt locations, and reached the finish line in the shortest amount of time since the race start.
Each team needs a reliable vehicle for the race, with at least one licensed driver. The vehicle must have a seat belt for each teammate. When traveling by vehicle, all team members must be in the same vehicle. Each team also needs at least one mobile phone that can receive text messages to allow the Rocket Race staff to contact the team if necessary. Messaging will be used to alert teams to the lunch time location if they have not already reached it by a certain time. Any phone or messaging fees are the responsibility of the team. For the photo scavenger hunt portion of the race, teams must provide their own digital camera or camera phone that has the ability to review photographs.
At the midpoint of the race, teams will be given a mandatory lunch stop at a location where different food options will be available. Teams are encouraged to bring money for lunch, and also carry their own snacks and drinks if desired.
How challenging will it be?
Some of the puzzles might range in difficulty, but once solved, they should give you a clear idea of where to go next. Because there are so many fields and franchises in science fiction, the trivia will most likely be at a basic level. There won't be any overly physically demanding activities like climbing, swimming or eating gross things. If you need help, you are always welcome to ask a stranger, talk to another team or phone a friend.
If your crew gets stumped, you can call in to the race organizers for help, but it might cost you a time penalty. Yes or no questions cost a 5 minute penalty. More detailed questions cost a 15 minute firstname.lastname@example.org by the registration deadline (November 15, 2011) with the following info:
* Team Name
* Team captain's name with email address and mobile phone number.
* Other teammate's names (with optional email)
* If you are looking for a team to race with, or would like to invite other fans to be on your team, please so indicate.
All teams registered by the November 15, 2011 deadline will be confirmed as entered for the race. Additional team slots will be available for late registrants, but will be limited in number. To be sure to get a spot for your team, register by November 15.
We will send out confirmation of registration, as well as updates about the game. The race fee is due on race day prior to the beginning of the Rocket Race.
Got any questions?
If at least one member of your team marks themself as "I'm In" on our Yelp event listing before the registration deadline of November 13, your team earns a five minute bonus at lunch. Instead of having to wait the full hour for your mandatory lunch break, your team can leave with your photo scavenger hunt clues five minutes early.
Also, RSVP on our Facebook page to stay in the loop - you never know when we might give a hint for the race!