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

The name of this venue, which is located about 9 blocks northeast of the Access, would make you think there are a lot of people inside riding stationary bikes.  But actually the sport this location specializes in is the same one Forrest Gump masters while recovering from a gunshot wound he got while in Vietnam.  The address above the front door is the same as the number of minutes in a full NBA game.  Once there, head inside and down the stairs and find a staff member who will instruct your team on how to complete the "Run Around Challenge".  Once you've successfully completed the challenge the staff will guide you to the photo booth where you'll take a team picture and submit it to HQ.  FYI...the photo booth requires you to post the picture onto one of your social networking sites or email it to yourself.  You can do that and then download the picture to your device and send it to HQ.

* If you have trouble getting the picture from the photo booth to your device let HQ know and we'll have you take a backup picture at a designated location inside the venue. 

- 1 picture, all team members visible

- Team is at the specified venue and has successfully completed the "Run Around Challenge"

- The picture submitted is from the venue's photo booth (or at the backup designated location if needed) 

Checkpoint #2

Some of the world's best outdoor basketball, or "streetball" is played right here in the city. One of the more infamous courts sits directly above a subway stop, and is often referred to as "The Cage" because of it's small size and brutally physical competition.  Legends such as Dr. J have battled on this court and there just might be a future NBA star playing on it right now.  Get your team to this location and take a picture of your team all flexing their muscles and making your toughest facial expressions while the court is clearly visible and identifiable in the background.   

- 1 picture, all team members visible

- Team is at the specified basketball court and it is visible and identifiable in the background

Checkpoint #3

This week has been a tough one financially for Wall Street here in NYC.  Everyone's investments have been falling, and then soaring back up, and then falling again.  It's like tossing your money into the wind and just hoping for the best.  In honor of this crazy week and this city's role in it, take a video of your team as you complete the "Stock Market Challenge", as described below:

Send one member of your team to the 2nd level (one above ground level) of any parking garage.  The rest of your team should be located below them outside the garage on the sidewalk or street level.  The racer on the 2nd level should toss one monetary bill of any value (we suggest a dollar) into the air from the garage and any of your team members on the sidewalk below MUST CATCH the bill before it hits the ground.  

*The bill CAN'T be folded, crumpled, or twisted in any way when the racer tosses it from the 2nd floor. It must be flat and smooth.   

If you are racing solo you'll need to recruit a stranger or another racer to be the person in the garage as you attempt to catch the bill at ground level.  

To record a video from within the app, you (or any stranger filming you) needs to hold down the record button for a continuous video. Keep in mind that the max length of a Bonfyre video you can upload is 9 seconds, however you can film a longer clip if needed to make sure you capture the whole challenge and then just trim it down in the app before submitting.

- 1 video, all team members visible

- A team member (or a stranger if racing solo) is located on the 2nd level of any parking garage

- The person located in the garage tosses a flat and smooth monetary bill of any value into the air and any of the team members on the ground level catches the bill before it hits the ground. 

Checkpoint #4

KIND Challenge: To complete this challenge you'll need to find the KIND Jeep first.  It will likely be parked about 5 blocks or so from the Access next to the store whose logo is partially shown below.  Once you've found the Jeep take a full 9 second video (the max that can be uploaded to Bonfyre) of each team member giving a separate stranger a shoulder massage while the KIND Jeep is visible in the background.  Make sure each team member is massaging a separate stranger so you can spread even more love and each do something KIND for others.  Once completed feel free to grab some free KIND bars from the staff at the Jeep to help fuel you for the rest of the race. 

*The KIND Jeep is expected to remain at this location until about 3:30pm.  If you arrive after that time you can just complete the challenge with the designated store location's front entrance in the background. 

- 1 video, 9-seconds long, all team members visible

- Team is at the specified store location and the KIND Jeep is visible in the background (if before 3:30pm)

- Each team member is giving a shoulder massage to a separate stranger for the duration of the 9-second video


Checkpoint #5

If the sun were in the northeast part of the sky the fun playground shown below would nearly be in the shadow of the western hemisphere's tallest building.   Once there, get to the large sphere-like structure shown in the image below and take a picture of your entire team all touching any of the 5 highest grey colored spheres at the peak of the structure (red arrow is pointing to two of them in the picture below).  You'll need to work together as a team to all climb high enough on it that you can touch any of these 5 grey spheres. Capture enough in the picture that our HQ can verify you are all at the correct part of the structure and not just touching one of the many other grey spheres lower on the structure. If there's no one around to take your picture then this checkpoint will really challenge your "selfie" taking skills.   

- 1 picture, all team members clearly visible

- Team is at the specified playground in the specified park

- Team members are all on the specified structure and touching any of the 5 highest grey spheres towards the peak of the structure



Checkpoint #6

With so many options around the city, finding circular manhole covers seems like an easy task.  However, finding two that are on a sidewalk and are within a reasonable distance from each other may take a little more luck.  If you're not lucky, working together with strangers will help you complete this quickly. Take a picture of your team and as many strangers as needed to form a connected human chain between any two CIRCULAR manhole covers that are both on a sidewalk.  The manholes should both be on a sidewalk and not in a street or parking lot (basically avoid anywhere that vehicles drive on).  The manholes should be the circular kind that can fit a human through it, not a grate, small pipe cover, etc.

- 1 picture, all team members clearly visible

- Entire team and as many strangers as needed form a connected human chain between any two separate manhole covers

- Manhole covers should both be located on a sidewalk and should be the regulation-size circular type that could fit a human through it

Checkpoint #7

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!

Get your team to the garden-filled oasis whose name is Spanish for "a grove of trees", which makes sense since it consists of 140 mature London plane trees.  In addition to the beautiful natural views you'll see here, you will also likely catch a glimpse of France's famous gift to our country.  Once there, find the 40-foot-wide granite spiral water feature and 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.  Each team member should be standing over a separate nozzle that is actively spraying water at the time of 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 nozzle that is actively spraying water and posing as described in the image below

Stand over the fountain nozzle and bend forward so the water hits you in the core or your 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 #8

Only one U.S. president was born here in New York City.  Raised in a townhouse just blocks from the Access, he would grow up and later become immortalized on a mountain in the Black Hills of South Dakota .  However, he started life as a sickly yet bright boy who exercised to improve his health and began a lifelong passion for the "strenuous life".  As urban adventure racers, we can appreciate someone who exercises hard and promotes a healthy lifestyle.  Get to this historical figure's childhood home and take a picture of your entire team hugging the building as an act of gratitude for what he stood for.   

- 1 picture, all team members visible

- Team is at the specified historical figure's childhood home and it is visible and identifiable in the background  

Checkpoint #9

In honor of National Dog Day which was this week, and to celebrate the Dog Days of Summer ending soon, take a picture of your entire team doing the Downward Dog yoga pose (see image below) while at least 2 real dogs are with you in the picture.  The dogs (and likely their owners) should be with your team and not just off in the distance.  Only your team needs to be doing the yoga pose, although the dogs and/or their owners are welcome to join!     

- 1 picture, all team members clearly visible

- Team members are attempting the Downward Dog yoga pose

- At least 2 real dogs are with your team and visible while completing the pose

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 Bar & Grill you need to get to, which is found along 2nd 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