Great Dayton Adventure Frequently Asked Questions

Is the race a relay race?

No, all team members must stay together the entire race

How does the Great Dayton Adventure work?

Before the race starts, each team will receive maps with various checkpoints marked on them. Throughout the race, you'll be navigating from one checkpoint to another as you work your way through the course. You will also be provided a clue sheet for the various checkpoints on which we will have a clue with a blank that you'll need to fill in for each checkpoint. For example, the map may indicate that a checkpoint is at the intersection of 5th Ave. and Elm St. The clue for that checkpoint might say something like "On the plaque on the XYZ statue, what year was the statue completed? _____". The clues aren't intended to be overly tricky or devious, but they're intended to show that you were at the checkpoint. You will navigate to the correct intersection, locate the statue and write the answer to the question on your clue sheet. You'll then continue to the next checkpoint indicated on your clue sheet. At the end of the race, you will turn in the clue sheet and then receive the clue sheet for the next section of the race. At the end of the race, the winner is the team that has gotten the most checkpoints. Ties are broken by finish time.

Are streets closed for the race?

No, the race primarily takes place in parks and on sidewalks with no "extra" traffic support at intersections specific to the Great Dayton Adventure. You will move throughout downtown following normal methods.  Because First Friday is considered a large "street party" there will be occasional street closures.

Am I expected to follow all pedestrian laws?

Yes, it is unacceptable to use the race as a reason to not follow appropriate laws, rules, or common sence.  Your behavior is a reflection on the reputation of the race and host organizations and we look forward to a safe and courteous race with your help to serve as a positive ambassador for Urban Racers everywhere.

If I decide to quit during the race do I need to notify anyone?

Yes, you will be provided contact information at race checkin for emergencies or decisions to abort the race.  Of course, for an emergency, dial 911.  After the immediate situation becomes stable, inform the race director of the situation.

What if I'm not from Dayton? Will I stand a chance in this race?

While there's no way to completely eliminate "home field advantage", we have taken steps to minimize the advantage. All maps will be premarked and the major pedestrian trails will be clearly indicated on the maps. The maps are modified street maps of Dayton, so road names and major features will be labeled. If you're not from Dayton, this race will be a great way to see many of the cool things around town!

Why is Dayton the Outdoor Adventure Capital of the Midwest?

Where should I plan to hang out after the race?

The Downtown are is filled with great options for dining and nightlife

Click Here for a full list of options including the Oregon District on 5th Street.

Where can I park?

Street parking is free in the evening, click here for a full list of parking lots.

Can I register the day of the race?

Yes! Teams can start any time between 5:00pm and 7:00pm. Race day registration will be cash only.

What if I still have questions?

Send us an e-mail at with any additional questions you may have.