Forming ‘Team Film’ Teams! // IndyQuest Urban Adventure Race
Have you heard about the IndyQuest Adventure Race coming to Indianapolis August 9, 2014? It sounds like a blast! So we are forming Team Film teams and want you to join us as part of a 2- or 3-person team. To voice your interest (it’s not a firm commitment) just add a comment below. (We got it started off for ya.) Team Film will work to pair up women for teams. We can’t wait to see you at the finish line (free beer and food at Fountain Square Brewery after the race)!
Take note: Price is $75 per person until June 30; $85 per person July 1-August 5. Get going…
How fun does this sound!
We asked Jay Newlin, race director and course designer for the event, to share a description of adventure racing and this race in particular. If he is as thorough in his race planning as he is in his emails, this will be a great event! Here’s what he said:
“Adventure racing is a (typically) team sport where the main goal is to find checkpoints throughout the course. Teams are given a map and must follow the map to the checkpoints. In this case, since this is an urban race, the map is essentially a city street map so map reading is pretty easy.
“As for the events, you walk/run (you decide what you do here), bike, paddle, do a ropes challenge and complete a variety of challenges along the way. At each point you’ll encounter either an orienteering flag with a punch hanging down. You simply use the punch on the box marked for that checkpoint—so if you are at ‘checkpoint 12,” you use the punch in box No. 12 on your passport. It provides evidence that you found it. In other cases, the checkpoints are manned, which means people will be there to initial your passport once you’ve completed the task.
“Finally, you may have a clue that you need to write down the answer in the appropriate box. While mountain bikes are required for this race, the only type of bike that really isn’t allowed is a road bike, as this gives too much of an advantage over teams on mountain bikes. In some years we’ve been able to do a little off road biking, but most of the biking is done on city streets.
“As to distances, that actually depends on the team. This race is specifically designed with new racers in mind and while experienced teams enjoy the race, most people doing this race are either new to adventure racing or the only race they do each year is mine. We have a lot of repeat business primarily because we design the race to be challenging but fun and people end up seeing parts of Indianapolis they either haven’t been to or didn’t know existed.
“I typically design two or three loops in my races, and this year is no exception. The first loop is designed so that all teams, no matter how experienced they are, can finish that loop. Then, depending on the team, you see how much of the second and/or third loop you can complete. The winning teams will finish the entire course, but out of say 50 teams, I would expect maybe 5 to do the entire course in a typical year. It is designed this way so that teams get to race for as much of the six hours as possible.
“As to the challenges, they are usually fun stops such as a corn hole challenge, shooting an arrow, completing a giant Angry Birds sling shot game and that sort of thing. For ropes, we often end up with a zip line and we have all the equipment available for teams to borrow. Sometimes we have a rappel instead, and if you haven’t done that it isn’t an issue since we hire people who do this all the time and they walk you through it. Either way, it is usually worth doing but some teams decide to skip the ropes which is fine.
“In order to officially finish the race, you need to finish the first loop. After that, you can skip any checkpoints and just get as many as you want. Some teams go into this racing hard in order to win or place as high as possible, but the vast majority just race for fun and for the experience. So, as to the total distance, if you do the entire race you end up doing about 25 miles on bike, 2 in the canoe and up to 5 miles on foot. But, that total is if you do the entire course, which as I mentioned isn’t something most teams do.
“Hope this helps – and feel free to let me know if you have any other questions.”