Rocket Race 2009

Superficial Intelligence                                     November 7, 2009

Congrats to the twelve teams who came out to play in the 4th annual San Diego Rocket Race, and challenged their human wit and speed against the computer and robot revolution!

Check out the Race Results here!

About San Diego Rocket Race 2009

Starting Information:

Coronado Tidelands Park

9:00 AM, Nov. 7, 2009

Teams of two to four will be racing by car and on foot around the San Diego area, solving clues and testing their sci-fi trivia in a fun-filled day-long adventure.

This year's race has the theme of Superficial Intelligence- so be prepared for an adventure pitting your team of mere mortals against the greatest robots and computers from all of sci-fi! 

Prizes: $100 to the first place team, and $30 for second place! 

Register your team (or sign up to be put on a team) by the registration deadline or get more details by emailing

We strongly encourage teams representing different local fan groups to compete and have fun in this adventure!

Race Information:

  • Saturday, November 7th
  • Start time: 9 am (so show up at 8:30 to get signed in)
  • Start location: Grassy Area near the playground and Bayshore Bikeway, Coronado Tidelands Park, Coronado
  • Entrance fee: $30 per team of 2, 3, or 4 sentient beings.
  • Registration deadline: Monday, November 2, 2009.
Map of the starting location:

Visit Google Maps with the starting location 

When crossing the Coronado Bridge (CA-75), turn right on Glorietta Blvd, then enter park at Mullinex Road at Glorietta Blvd, and go to the end lot for parking. Race registration will be in the grassy area between the parking lot and the bay.

Registration Information:

To register, send an email to by the registration deadline (November 2, 2009) with the following info:

  • Team Name
  • Team Captain's Name with phone and email
  • 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. 
  • If you are representing a fan group, which group is it?

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.

What is the Rocket Race?

The San Diego Rocket Race is a day-long adventure race for teams of two to four players. Each team will be solving clues, which will lead them to another location in the San Diego area. When that location is reached, the next clue will be given to the team, leading them to the next location, until the finish line is reached.

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, paranoid androids, pens, pencils, crayons, sonic screwdrivers, mascot, 14.4 fax machine, 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. 

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. Each team also needs at least one mobile phone to allow the Rocket Race staff to contact the team if necessary. When traveling by vehicle, all team members must be in the same vehicle.

Partway through 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.

Want an idea about what to expect in the clues? Check out clues from last year's race.

Got any questions? Email us at

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