Rocket Race 2014


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Rocket Race 2014
Get ready for the age of tea and time machines at the 2014 San Diego Rocket Race!

Saturday, October 18, 2014. 

9:00 am

plaza next to
The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
2508 El Camino Real, Suite F
Carlsbad, CA 92008

$35 per team (of two to four)

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 2014 race is Steampunk'd!


Congrats to the Deep Space Niners for their first place finish in the 2014 Rocket Race! Here's the full list of finalists:
  1. Deep Space Niners
  2. Browncoat on Board
  3. Team Warped
  4. Return of the Big Bang Theory
  5. Buffoonery
  6. 4 to Steam Up
  7. Sudden but Inevitable Betrayal
  8. Hey Verne
  9. Small Bang Theory
  10. Spacely's Sprockets
  11. Inspector Kenji
Teams solved clues around Carlsbad and then went on a photo scavenger hunt of Carlsbad, Leucadia, Olivenhain, and Encinitas.

About the Rocket Race:

The San Diego Rocket Race is a day-long adventure race for teams of two to four players, made up of two components:  
  • In the first half of the race, teams will solve a clue that will lead them somewhere around San Diego, where they will pick up their next clue. When that clue is solved, it will lead to a new location, and the next clue will be given to the team, leading them to the next location, and eventually they will reach the midpoint of the race and a mandatory lunch break.
  • In the second half of the race, the game changes to a photo scavenger hunt. Teams will receive a checklist of clues and 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 finish line before the race 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, alien technology, mascots, magic compasses, sensible footwear and guidebooks. Teams are strongly encouraged to use have access to the Internet in their quest, either by having multiple 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. Top prize is $100, with additional prizes for second and third place.

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 11, 2014) 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 11, 2014 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 October 11.

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 October 11, 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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