Rocket Race 2012

This year's theme: The Final Frontier
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Get ready for the 2012 San Diego Rocket Race!

Saturday, October 13, 2012.

9:00 am

Westfield North County - back steps below Food Court

Race registration fee: $35 per team of 2, 3, or 4 members.

Prizes: First place: $100; Second place: $35

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 2012 race is The Final Frontier, so be prepared to journey into the black reaches of space - or at least expect a lot of space travel related references!

About the Rocket Race:

The San Diego Rocket Race is a day-long adventure race for teams of two to four players. This year's Rocket Race will continue to use the format used in the past two years. The first half of the race will be like all Rocket Races races: solve a clue that will lead you somewhere around San Diego, where you will pick up your next clue. When that location is reached, the next clue will be given to the team, leading them to the next location. After solving several clues and reaching the midpoint of the race (with a mandatory lunch break), the game will change to a photo scavenger hunt. Teams will have until the end of the race day to find as many places in the photo scavenger hunt checklist as possible and reach the announced finish line before the deadline.

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, mockingjay pins, 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 penalty.


To register, send an email to by the registration deadline (October 8, 2012) 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 October 8, 2012 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 8.

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?
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Help spread the word about San Diego Rocket Race:

If at least one member of your team marks themself as "I'm In" on our Yelp event listing before the registration deadline of Ocotober 8, 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!

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