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.

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

Located southeast of the Access, at the corner of a president and a state, this repair shop will get you back on the road again, or maybe on the popular downtown trail located just a few feet away.  Once you arrive, head inside and find the area set up for the Xplore Challenge.  You'll need to remove one of the designated parts from the wall and use the equipment provided to get that part to the necessary "setting".  To figure out what number the "setting" should be you'll need to solve the equation below (hope you remember what PEMDAS stands for).  Once you believe you have the correct "setting" take one picture of your team with the part that you worked on, and then a second close-up picture of the equipment clearly showing the "setting".  

Once HQ verifies you have completed the challenge with the correct "setting" use the equipment (or your hand) to get the part back to it's original low "setting" (approximately) and place it back on the wall so you don't give another team an advantage.  As you leave be sure to take a flyer located at the challenge station in order to get a discount on a future visit!

- 2 pictures, all team members visible if possible

- Team is at the specified repair shop and the designated part is visible and identifiable

- The part has been adjusted to the correct "setting" based on the equation below, and the "setting" is clearly legible on the designated equipment

Checkpoint #2

In 1974 this park was named for Seattle's sister city in Japan, which was 4 years before the NBA star of the same name was even born.  Among this park's treasures are a 200 year old stone lantern (given as a gift by the sister city), and a very steep set of benches.  Get your team to the ground level at the bottom of these benches (shown below) and take a video of your team attempting to climb up all of them within one continuous 9-second video (the max length Bonfyre allows you to upload).  

Because this location is off the beaten path it may be difficult to find someone to film your entire team at once, so you can submit two separate videos with part of your team completing the challenge in one video, and the remaining members completing it in another. Or you can climb up the benches as a group and have someone towards the back of the pack film it, as long as they capture the entire team in the clip.  

- 1 video, or multiple videos if needed, all team members clearly visible

- Team is at the specified park on the designated set of benches 

- Team attempts to climb up the entire set of benches from the ground at the bottom of the benches to the top, within one continuous 9-second video (the max length Bonfyre allows you to upload)

Checkpoint #3

During the Seahawks Super Bowl parade, Beast Mode sat on the hood of this type of vehicle and threw Skittles to the crowd. Although there are plenty of these vehicles around the city, people tend to notice them more when they're full of passengers and moving because of the noise they make.  Finding one isn't too tough, but capturing one while it's in motion, and making the noise back at them will take some good timing, strategy, and strong lungs!  Take a video of any one of these designated vehicles, while it is in motion, and while your team is loudly making the noise that's commonly heard coming from it's passengers.  

- 1 video, all team members clearly visible

- Any one of these designated vehicles is clearly identifiable in the background and is in motion

- Team members are making the noise commonly heard coming from this vehicles passengers

Checkpoint #4

Located only about a block from one of the country's oldest farmers markets is a tiny museum displaying giant objects.  One of the giant objects in the museum was once worn by the "Alton Giant".  In fact, the Alton Giant can be found standing outside the museum.  Once there, take a team picture with the Alton Giant while any member of your team has the tip of their hand at the same height as the top of this "Giant".

Because this giant stands at nearly 9 feet tall you'll need to work together as a team to get one of your teammates high enough to reach the top of it.  You'll likely need to have someone take the picture from far enough away that HQ can see most of the giant and get perspective that one of your teammates was able to reach the top of it.    

- 1 picture, all team members clearly visible

- Team is at the specified museum of giant objects

- The "Alton Giant is clearly visible and identifiable and at least one team member's hand is at the same height as the top of the giant

Checkpoint #5

In 1907, in a 6 by 17 foot office under the original sidewalk of this park, a few messenger boys started what is now the United Parcel Service.  The history of this spot is not the only reason to visit.  It's now a beautiful hidden oasis filled with lush vegetation and a large waterfall. Being a UPS carrier takes lots of strength and focus under tough conditions, which is what you'll need to complete this challenge. Get your team to the edge of the brick patio right at the base of the falls.  Place the back edge of your heels right on the very edge of the patio so that your back is towards the falls and your heels are nearly overhanging the water.  Then take a picture of your team all doing one of the two yoga poses shown below, while the heel of your leg that's on the ground is still right at the edge of the patio. 

Be sure to take a picture that's far enough away that we can verify the waterfall, but close enough that we can verify your heels are all at the edge of the patio.

If needed, you can submit two separate pictures with part of your team completing the challenge in one, and the remaining members completing it in another so that someone on your team can take the pictures and watch any gear that shouldn't get wet.

- 1 picture, or multiple pictures if desired, all team members clearly visible

- Team is at the specified park along the brick patio at the base of the waterfall 

- Team members are attempting either of the yoga poses shown below while the back of their heels are all at the very edge of the patio that overhangs the water

Checkpoint #6

The people of this country are obsessed (dare we say addicted) to their caffeinated beverages. And Seattle has played a significant role in pumping our veins full of it.  Whether it's coffee, tea, chai, or some exotic $20 version of all of them it's fair to say we love the taste of it on our tongues.  But after this challenge that may change.  Get one bag of tea per team member and take a video of each of your team members dumping the entire contents of the bag onto their tongues and holding it there for 5 seconds.  Although the contents of the bag are obviously organic you'll likely want to spit it out immediately after the 5 long seconds, so be sure you find an appropriate place to do so.       

- 1 video, all team members clearly visible

- Each team member uses their own separate tea bag for the challenge

- Entire contents of the bag are poured onto each team member's tongue

- Team members hold the contents of the bag on their tongues for at least 5 seconds

Checkpoint #7

In certain cultures, dragons are a symbol of tenacity and happiness, which is why 11 large and colorful dragon sculptures were placed on various light poles here in the city. Ranging from 12-20 feet in size, weighing 300 pounds each, and having the ability to withstand 90 mph winds, these red, green, and yellow beasts can be an intimidating sight...if you can find them.  Get to any of these 11 beasts around the city and take a fun picture of your entire team acting like it's about to swoop down from the pole and attack you, while the dragon is clearly visible and identifiable in the background.   

- 1 picture, all team members clearly visible

- Any of the 11 specified dragon sculptures on poles are visible and identifiable in the background

Checkpoint #8

The large sphere-like structure shown below is about a block from the southern terminus of the Seattle Center Monorail, and was a block away from the northern terminus of the Central Link Light Rail up until two months ago when that line extended north to the University of Washington. Once you've found it, take a picture of your entire team all touching the highest grey colored sphere at the peak of the structure (red arrow is pointing to it in the picture below).  You'll need to work together as a team to all climb high enough on it that you can touch this sphere. Be mindful of other non-racers using the structure, and if you choose to take a selfie at the top just be sure you capture enough in the picture that we can see your whole team touching the highest sphere, and some background so we can verify your location.

- 1 picture, all team members clearly visible

- Team is on the specified structure at the specified playground

- Team members are all touching the highest grey sphere at the peak of the structure


Checkpoint #9

In 1889 when a cabinetmaker accidentally knocked over and ignited a glue pot, a large portion of Seattle – 31 blocks – burned to the ground.  The fire led to a handful of major changes for the city including the switch to a professional fire department, a city controlled water supply, and an increase in fire hydrants.  The city came together and rebuilt on top of the burned ruins (in some places nearly 30 feet above the original street level) leaving a maze of old building fronts, roads and walkways now known as The Seattle Underground.  Although this secret section of the city is buried below your feet there are plenty of things found above ground that honor this part of the city's history.  Take a picture of your entire team with any sign that has the phrase "Underground" on it.  

The sign should be an actual sign of some sort (a business, directional sign, etc), NOT just the phrase written on a piece of paper or merchandise such as a shirt or mug.       

- 1 picture, all team members visible if possible

- Any sign with the phrase "Underground" on it is clearly visible and legible in the background

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 downtown establishment you need to get to, which is found along 5th Avenue, is shown below.       

Once your team completes your 8th total checkpoint successfully start heading towards this location and our Race HQ will send you a quick and brief instruction on what your team needs to do once you get there.  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 if you'd like, you can relax with your team, some other fun racers, and recover from your adventure at this after race venue!      

- All team members present at the Finish

- Team completes the requirement outlined by Race HQ