Is the event family friendly?
Yes. Children ages 10 and up are considered team members and need a ticket to participate. A parent or legal guardian must sign a liability waiver on the child’s behalf and accompany him/her during the race. Children ages 9 and under may be with a team during the race but do not count as team members and will not be able to participate in the challenges.
Is there an age limit to enter the event? Who can participate?
Yes. The event is family friendly and children ages 10 and up are considered team members and need a ticket to participate. A parent or legal guardian must sign a liability waiver on the child’s behalf and accompany him/her during the race. Children ages 9 and under may be with a team during the race but do not count as team members and will not be able to participate in the challenges.
Do I need to be in shape?
No. The Adventure Race is designed for all ages and ability levels. You can decide how fast or slow you go from challenge to challenge. Participants will travel approximately 3 miles on foot over the course of the event. The event is family friendly and children ages 10 and up count as team members.
How do I create a team?
When you try to buy tickets the system will prompt you to enter a team name. You may either create a team or search for a team name created by a friend. If you create a team you will be able to invite friends.
Can I update my registration information?
No. If you made a mistake during registration, like entering the wrong t-shirt size for your teammate, please contact us.
Is my registration/ticket transferrable?
No. Ticket purchases are non-refundable and non-transferrable. The event is rain or shine.
What is the inclement weather policy?
The race will take place rain or shine. If extreme weather renders the event unsafe for participants (including heavy storms or thunder and lightening) the race will be canceled via notification of all team captains and posts on social media. Due to the unique nature of the production of the event, refunds will not be issued to participants for an event cancellation due to extreme weather on the day of the race.
Where do I go to pick-up my team race packet?
All team materials should be picked up prior to race day during one of two packet pickup windows:
1) Wednesday, September 14 – 5:30-7:00PM at City Stadium: 3201 Maplewood Ave
*Adventure Race ticket holders get a special rate ($5) for the Richmond Kickers v. Charlotte Independence game at 7PM. Stay for the game and check out the starting location for the race!
2) Thursday, September 15 – 5:30-7:00PM at Coalition Theater: 8 W. Broad St
*An optional info session will be held at 6PM to answer any participant questions and review race rules.
One team member will need to pick up the team packet, which will include t-shirts and race bibs. Individuals must provide event tickets (printed or digital) and a signed event waiver for each team member when collecting their team packet.
Do I have to attend the Thursday info session?
No. The info session is optional. The info session will cover race rules and logistics and answer any questions from participants. Any notable updates will be posted to the Facebook event page and event website by end of day on Friday, September 16. Rules and other details are covered here.
Where can I find the race waiver?
A printable PDF version of the waiver is available here.
Do I need a smartphone to compete?
No, though to earn maximum points, at least one team member should have something to take pictures with – either a smartphone OR a digital camera that can display photos that have been taken.
Do I need a car to compete?
We do recommend using a car and all team members traveling together in the same vehicle. It is not possible to walk from one race zone to another and still complete all tasks during the allotted time. Teams may use bikes instead of a car.
Can my team use bikes instead of a car?
Yes, though use of a vehicle will likely allow for more time for players in each of the race zones.
Where can I read the complete race rules?
A complete list of the rules and other details are available here.
How do teams win or earn points?
Points are earned based on the number of challenges completed, photo scavenger hunt pictures taken correctly, and puzzles answered correctly. In the event of a tie, challenge zones completion times will be added together to serve as a tiebreaker between the highest-scoring teams.
We want everyone to be safe and have fun. The time it takes teams to travel between zones does not factor in at all to your points or the tiebreaker. Please drive safely!
What kinds of challenges are in the race?
The race has three types of activities: challenge stations, puzzles, and photo scavenger hunts. The challenge stations feature unique activities one or more of the team members will need to complete to earn points. Puzzles are inspired by Richmond sites and landmarks in each zone. Photo scavenger hunts require participants to find certain places or perform specific actions while capturing the moment in a photo.
What should I bring to the race?
To earn maximum points, at least one team member should have a smartphone or digital camera to take pictures. You may use smartphones during the event; however, smartphones will not be critical or provide a significant advantage to completing the race. Everyone is encouraged to bring water and snacks to keep players going strong during the event.
What should I wear to the race?
We recommend comfortable clothes and shoes. You will be traveling on foot through each of the three race zones completing challenges, solving puzzles, and taking pictures. Some challenges may have participants completing physical tasks, navigating obstacles, or moving around. Wear clothes that you can comfortably be active in.
Do I need to wear my race bib to the event?
Yes. Your race bib is your ticket to enter the race and participate in challenges. If you lose your race bib before the event please contact us at team@theAVAdventure.com.
Where does the race take place?
The race begins at the Richmond Kickers City Stadium at 3201 Maplewood Ave. There are three zones race activities will take place: Downtown Richmond, the Museum District, and The Fan. No team will be active in more than one zone at a time. Teams choose when to start and stop in each zone by going to the check-in/out station to pick-up and return their race materials. Once a team turns in their materials for a zone they may not go back or make any changes to their answer sheet. The afterparty and awards ceremony will be held at Hardywood Brewery at 2408 Ownby Lane.
What are my transportation and parking options during the race?
Teams need a car or bikes to participate in the race. Teams are strongly encouraged to travel together in one vehicle. The race has three zones. We recommend teams travel to each zone by car and then travel on foot to each challenge station within that zone.
Where are the starting and finish lines?
The race begins at the Richmond Kickers City Stadium at 3201 Maplewood Ave. There is no traditional finish line – teams will complete their race by turning in their final zone answer sheet to their final zone check-in station no later than 6 PM. Teams are then encouraged to head to Hardywood Brewery at 2408 Ownby Lane for the afterparty and awards ceremony.
What prizes are awarded to the winners?
The top three teams will receive trophies during the award ceremony. The first place team will also receive a prize pack full of merchandise and exclusive giveaways from race sponsors.
Where can I contact the organizer with any additional questions?
Feel free to get in touch with the organizers at team@theAVAdventure.com.