How long does the race last?
The duration of the race may vary greatly from race to race. Generally speaking though, races last an average of four or five hours.
Are races cancelled due to bad weather?
Rain or shine, we do our best to make sure that the race happens regardless of weather. However, inclement weather may affect the ability to carry out certain challenges. When Mother Nature throws surprises our way, we adjust the race as needed and press on. Only if weather poses a threat to safety do we cancel, so participants should be ready for the elements.
What do I need to bring?
You're not required to bring anything, but the following items will make life easier for you as you complete the race: cell phone, camera, a few dollars for public transportation, comfy shoes, snacks and water.
Can we use a cell phone or internet to help solve clues?
Yes. Unless you're Ken Jennings, you'll likely need some help. A smartphone is an acceptable tool. Siri, Alexa, and Google are all on your team.
Are there specific things that we cannot use during the race?
Yes. You are not allowed to use personal automobile or taxi. In rare circumstances, challenges allow for the use of taxi or ride shares. However, typically all travel must take place by foot or on public transportation.
How much ground should I expect to cover?
Distances vary largely depending on the event. However, participants should expect to be on their feet for a substantial portion of the day, and will likely cover between two to five miles by foot during the race. That being said, the event is not a foot race. The intent of The City GRACE is to provide challenges that maximize where your energy gets spent. We want you to see the awe-inspiring parts of your city, but - rather than send your running aimlessly around town - we'd much rather challenge you to prep meals at a food kitchen, teach life skills at a community center, build a community garden for the local elementary school, and leave a lasting impact in your community. The ground you cover is intentional, and we believe that we strike a nice balance so that you can finish the race feeling accomplished and with the energy to properly enjoy the post-race celebration.
What if we get stumped by a clue?
Ask another team, make friends with a stranger, or call mom for some help. The goal of The City GRACE is to expose you to your community. That means means not only serving others while completing the challenges, but also utilizing your neighbors for help when you need it. A phone number will also be provided to you at the start of the race, so you have a lifeline if you really end up stuck.
Are there prizes for first place?
Prizes vary based on race, but generally the champions will receive an awesome swag bag, free food at the post-race celebration, and a donation (made in their name) to the charity of their choosing. Side bets among teams (loser buys tacos?) are highly encouraged.
What do we do after we finish?
Celebrate! With each race, we strive to partner with a fun local restaurant so that race participants can mingle with other teams after the race while enjoying discounted food and drinks. Once all the teams finish, we host an awards ceremony and crown the day's champions.