Throughout all of the races our inaugural year, there was one question that was consistently asked when teams were checking in. It occurred seconds after we handed a racer one of our paper race bibs and a handful of jagged safety pins. "Do we have to wear this...?"
Up until today the answer was always "Yes, you'll need to wear it."
Being racers ourselves, we've never really liked having that annoying piece of paper pinned to us. It gets in your way, it's uncomfotable, the pins damage your clothing, and it tends to deteriorate when racers get soaked or dirty...which seems to happen a lot in our races.
Going forward our racers will use a method that has long been the preferred choice by triathlons and serious adventure races alike. "Body Marking", or having your bib number displayed on yourself, is a durable and effective way to identify that you are in the middle of a fun and competitive race through the city, without having to wear a paper bib and safety pins.
Not only will our racers now be able to spend more time running through city fountains, rolling down a muddy hill, or getting hit with a jelly donut, but we also think Body Marking looks pretty badass too!
There are endless types of durable markers that will do the job, from the standard Sharpie found in your junk drawer, to those specifically for races like this, found at running stores, sporting goods locations, or online dealers like the one found HERE.
No matter what option you go with, all are safe and can be removed after the race using a variety of methods. Some simple ways of removing your body markings are detailed HERE.
Here's how to "Body Mark" yourself on race day:
1. Simply write the word "XPLORE" somewhere highly visible on your body or exterior layer of clothing.
2. Write the 3-digit Race Bib Number that you registered with, somewhere highly visible on your body or exterior layer of clothing. If you forget your 3-digit Race Bib Number you can confirm it by logging into your Eventbrite account and reviewing your registration details. The number you wear will need to match the number you registered with so our race headquarters can verify your team members throughout the race.
*The word "XPLORE" and your 3-Digit Race Bib Number need to be visible at all times, clearly written, and large enough that you can easily be identified by on-course volunteers, partnering businesses, and our remote race headquarters.
*If you prefer to not write on your body you can simply write the two required pieces of information on any exterior layer of clothing, headbands, hats, costumes, etc. Be creative and have fun looking like the true adventure racer you are!
If you have any questions or need more information about our move to Body Marking just send us an email at XTeam@XperienceAdventures.com at any time!