Cincinnati Urban AR Frequently Asked Questions

Is the race a relay race?

No. The race uses the standard adventure racing team format where all team members must complete all events of the race together.

How does an urban adventure race 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. For each section of the race, we will provide 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 that section 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.

Four hours seems like a long time. What if I don't think I can race for that long?

Four hours isn't as bad as it may sound. First of all, you'll be doing at least two different events in the race, so you'll often be switching from one event to another to keep things interesting. Second, you'll be reading the map and navigating to the various checkpoints in the race -- this definitely occupies your mind and makes the time go by quickly.

What kind of bike will be best for the race?

You are allowed to use any type of non-motorized bike in the race. The majority of the riding will be on roads and paved bike trails, so a road bike or hybrid bike should work fine for the race. Of course, a mountain bike gives you the best flexibility if you see an opportunity to take a shortcut on a trail or across some grass.

Besides the required gear, what other gear should I bring?

Food! While we are providing a post-race meal, you'll definitely want to take in some calories during the race. Also, you'll want to watch the weather and pack clothing as appropriate. A waterproof jacket, in particular, may come in handy if the forecast calls for rain. Other gear you might consider includes sunglasses, biking gloves, and compass.

What if I'm not from Cincinnati? 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 bike trails will be clearly indicated on the maps. The maps are modified street maps of Cincinnati, so road names and major features will be labeled. If you're not from Cincinnati, this race will be a great way to see many of the cool things around town!

Are Ziploc bags acceptable as a "dry bag for cell phone"?

Yes. However, we recommend using at least 2 or 3 Ziploc bags if you choose to go that route. Whatever "dry bag" you choose, keep in mind that it might be the only thing between your phone and the rain!

What if I still have questions?

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