Read each clue carefully. Complete each checkpoint accurately based on the description.  You must complete 9 out of the 10 checkpoints.  Checkpoint #10 is mandatory (cannot be your skip), and will need to be completed last, otherwise checkpoints can be completed in any order throughout the race.

Each checkpoint has a set of validation points below the clue that we will confirm for every submission.  Submit your completed clues to our Race Headquarters throughout the race via your Team Bonfyre and we will notify you quickly of the status using one of these simple responses:

VERIFIED = everything is completed correctly

CODE 1 = you are not at the correct location

CODE 2 = all of the requirements were not met  

CODE 3 = all team members were not visible

Our HQ will review your submission almost instantly.  You should see your response very quickly but you do not need to wait around for it, especially if you are confident that you completed the checkpoint correctly. Teams need to stay together throughout the race from one checkpoint to another and each team member (and their body markings when possible) should be visible in every submission unless otherwise noted.

If you have a race-related question during the race you can submit it through your Team Bonfyre.  We will respond quickly and provide you with the information you need as long as it doesn't impact your ability to solve the clue.

We have carefully scouted and vetted every checkpoint but cities are a constantly changing beast so if a checkpoint is inaccessible or you're not able to complete the requirements for any reason let us know right away and we will adjust the requirements if needed and verify accordingly.   


Checkpoint #1

At the northern end of a 19 acre park commemorating a significant milestone in Nashville history stands 50 prominent pillars.  Within the tops of these pillars are bells that form a melodic carillon.  What makes this checkpoint tough is not finding this location, but being there at the right time.  Get your team to the center of this pillar formation and take a video of your entire team while the carillon bells are ringing. Make sure your team is somewhere in the middle of this pillar formation, and not just within earshot of the bells.  

*To record a Bonfyre video you hold down the record button within the app, but be aware that the maximum length you can upload into Bonfyre is 9 seconds.  

- 1 video, all team members clearly visible

- Team is located within the center area of the specified pillar formation

- The carillon bells within the pillars are ringing and audible 

Checkpoint #2

The song below is a cover of a tune that is said to be the beginning of a genre called the "Nashville Sound".  That sound was developed by a legendary guitarist who is playing in the video below, and produced the original version of this hit.  Get your team to the downtown statue of this legend and take a fun picture of your entire team interacting with this Nashville musician.  Sit and listen to him "play", tune his instrument, polish his shoes, be wild country fans, etc.  The best picture will be posted to our social networks after the race!    

- 1 picture, all team members clearly visible

- Specified statue of the Nashville legend is clearly visible  

Checkpoint #3

Nashville is full of things you won't see anywhere else.  However, for this checkpoint there's one other place you can see something similar to what you're looking for.  It can be found at:

Latitude: 37.9715285

Longitude: 23.72671660000003

Get your team to the location in Nashville where you can visit this historic place. It stands as the centerpiece of the park whose name commemorates the milestone one more than the Roman numeral "XCIX". Once there, take a picture of your entire team all jumping in the air with this historic structure clearly visible behind you.      

- 1 picture, all team members clearly visible

- Team member(s) are attempting to jump in the air

- Specified historic structure is visible in the background

Checkpoint #4

Tennessee is known as the "Volunteer State", a nickname earned during the War of 1812 because of the prominent role played by volunteer soldiers from Tennessee.  It's a nickname that not only represents athletics and history, but a meaningful way of life.  Citizens helping other citizens and not expecting anything for it.  To honor this state and what it means to be a volunteer, take a video of your entire team each tying the shoes of a stranger within the maximum 9 second video length you can upload to Bonfyre.  All team members should complete this challenge at the same time so you'll need to find enough strangers to have one stranger for each team member.  Each racer will need to tie both of the strangers two shoes. The shoe laces can be untied when the video starts, but will need to be completely tied by the end of the video.   

- 1 video, all team members clearly visible and completing the challenge

- Each team member is tying both shoes of a separate stranger

- Team members all tie both shoes of their stranger within one video (up to 9 seconds max) 

Checkpoint #5

If it were nighttime we may have you look for Vega, Polaris, or Arcturus.  Today's hot temperatures may feel like you're standing next to an actual one of these, but thankfully the ones you're looking for are embedded in the ground about 5 or 6 blocks east of the "1 Mile Access Radius Clue" location.  There are 61 of these throughout the park but the one you need to complete this checkpoint honors the legend whose legs are shown below.   Find that location and take a picture of your entire team all imitating the pose shown below (up on your toes) next to that legend's location.  If needed, you can send one picture of your team posing, and another one showing a close up of the correct location so we can read the legend's name.           

- 1 picture (or multiple pictures if needed), all team members clearly visible

- Specified legend's "location" is visible and clearly legible 

Checkpoint #6

If you headed due East of where the country band "Big & Rich" recorded their music video about saving something and riding something you'd probably end up in this popular park which includes features such as "The Hollow" and the "Explorer's Trail" (our favorite of course).  Once there, find the tall rock wall (shown below) and take a video of your entire team all on the wall (off the ground), holding onto the colorful "rock" holds, for an entire 9 second video without falling off.  Make sure the video starts with your entire team all on the wall, and not just getting on eventually.  If anyone from your team falls off in the video you'll need to retry.  No one can be held on by another person.  There are lots of holds and all of them are unique so if you're having trouble staying on move to a different spot and find a better grip or foot hold. 

* this park also has a lot of water features and would be a great spot to get a little wet mid-race and cool off  

- 1 video, all team members clearly visible

- Entire team is at the specified rock wall

- Entire team is off the ground and holding onto the "rock" holds 

- Entire team holds onto the wall unsupported for an entire 9 second video without falling off  

Checkpoint #7

Although the historic landmark shown below is also worth a visit, it is NOT the checkpoint you need to get to.  Instead, head to the not-for-profit educational institution found just north of there that's dedicated to igniting curiosity and inspiring discovery in both kids and adults.  Get to the front of this building and take a video of any stranger (kid or adult) explaining the "Meaning of Life" within one 9-second video.  If possible, have your entire team in the video and the front of the building visible as the stranger attempts to explain life's greatest question in 9 short seconds.  If we can't verify that you're at the correct location we may ask you to take a quick team picture with the building clearly visible in the background.  

- 1 video, all team members clearly visible

- Team is at specified educational institution

- At least 1 stranger is visible and explaining the "Meaning of Life" within one 9-second max video 

Checkpoint #8

Our races are tough even under ideal conditions, but having to battle the August heat (in addition to the competition) makes it even tougher.  This type of checkpoint has not only become a tradition for Xplore, but is a favorite when the mercury soars!

 We were recently challenged by Kris Schultz (who is racing in Xplore Nashville today) to the #IceBucketChallenge.  We donated to this great cause and will be recording an epic ice video this coming week.  We will also be donating another $5 for every racer today who completes this checkpoint.  Get your team to the water feature found just south of the street that shares a name with our 9th and 23rd presidents, and is just north of the 200-foot granite map of the Volunteer State.  Once there, have a stranger take your team's picture as each racer stands over a separate sprayer nozzle and leans forward over the stream of water so it hits you in the core/chest region for the picture.  For a better description of the required pose see the image and description below.   

- 1 picture, all team members clearly visible

- Team members are at the specified water feature

- Each team member is standing over a separate sprayer and posing as described in the image below

Stand over the fountain nozzle and bend forward so the water hits you in your core or chest region. To provide more support on your back you can place your hands on your knees as you bend forward. Then look up and smile for the picture! 

Checkpoint #9

Today's race will most likely go down as the toughest conditions we've ever raced in, so you should be proud (and sweaty).  To properly document the conditions you're racing in, take a picture of your team with any digital temperature clearly visible in the background while making your best "tough" pose.  There are tons of places around the city to capture this checkpoint but it can not be on a mobile device such as a smart phone or iPad.    

- 1 picture, all team members clearly visible

- Digital temperature is clearly visible in the background and is not on a mobile device 

Checkpoint #10  



After you have completed 8 total checkpoints and had them verified by our Race HQ, then this checkpoint will be the final one you complete. The FINISH LINE for the entire race!  The brick venue shown in the image below is where you'll need to get to.

Once your team completes your 8th total checkpoint successfully our Race HQ will send you a quick and brief instruction on what your team needs to do at this location.  Once you complete the objective or upload the required submission at this location you will be finished the race and you will instantly receive your finish place and time!  Then you can celebrate with your team, the other fun racers, and some live music at this after race venue (see details below)!      

- All team members present at the Finish

- Team completes the requirement sent by Race HQ