Saturday, June 3rd, 2017
11:00am - Festival Opens/Teams Arrive
12:00pm - Race Begins
Start getting ready for The Chase Race by using the Pre-Race Briefing information below! Please read through it carefully and let us know if you have any questions so you and your team are ready to have an incredible experience!
To prepare for the race you'll need to download the Bonfyre app (free) on any and all Apple or Android devices you plan to race with. It will enable your team to communicate directly, and privately, with our Race Headquarters, get your picture and video submissions verified in real-time, and answer any questions you may have throughout the entire experience.
You can click on the buttons below from your mobile device to download the app or simply search for "Bonfyre" in your device's app store. Once you're logged in you can click on the "Account" icon and then "Help" to access tips on how to use the app.
When creating a Bonfyre account, please use the same email address that you provided when registering for the race. In the days leading up to the race you will notice 2 race groups have been added to your account(1 for all teams, and 1 for only racers on your team). Once they have appeared in your account you can join them and begin using them.
What To Expect
The pre-race festivities kick off at 11am at the Canton Waterfront Park located at 3001 Boston Street. Come and enjoy some live music, great food, and hang with other fun teams before the race starts at 12pm.
Right at the start of the race our HQ will send a message to all teams at exactly the same time within the mobile app. That message will include a link to the list of challenges your team will be completing throughout the race.
During The Race:
You will have up to 2 hours to complete as many of the challenges as possible and submit them to your private Team Bonfyre as you go. Each challenge will likely fall into one of these 4 categories: Physical, Skill, Fun, and Find.
The two big components of The Chase Race strategy will likely be "which challenges should we focus on completing" and "what's the fastest and most efficient method of travel and route to get to the locations where we can complete each challenge".
Teams need to stay together throughout the race from one challenge to another and each team member should be visible in every submission if possible, unless otherwise noted.
The only time team members are typically able to split up momentarily is if you all get to a location and it requires you to search for something. For example, you all get to a sculpture garden and you need to find a certain type of statue. You can split up within the garden to find the statue and then will need to regroup to take the picture. Some challenges may only require one racer to complete it, and in order to be verified we'll likely need to see the racer complete it and the rest of the team in the same general area whether it's a picture or video. They can be working on another challenge in the background but they should be in the general area so they can see the challenge get completed and cheer on their teammate.
During the race your team is only allowed to travel on foot or using public transit.
Please note public transit does not include such services as Car/Bike Share programs, Uber, or Taxi. There may be some challenges that won't require you to stray far from the starting point, and others that may require some travel depending on where you think the best location to complete it is. If any team is found to have used private modes of transportation they will be disqualified from the event.
Our Race HQ will be verifying all of your challenges remotely, and in real-time. As you complete a challenge you will submit your picture or video through the Team Bonfyre (which is the group within your mobile app that is private and only consists of our HQ and your team members) and we will respond almost instantly letting you know if it's verified, or if something else is needed in order to complete it correctly.
We strongly recommend having anyone who expects to submit pictures/videos during the race to submit some test pictures and videos into your Team Bonfyre during the week leading up to the race. It's a very simple app but it's better to be comfortable with it before race day and figure out any issues you're having, learn how to trim down a longer video into one that is less than 15-seconds (the max that can be submitted into the app), etc.
When submitting a picture or video be sure to include the 3-digit challenge number .
Each challenge will be labeled with a 3-digit Challenge Number. When submitting your picture or video through the app click in the "Add a caption" box, type the 3-digit Challenge Number and then click the Upload Photo or Upload Video link (see picture as reference). This will help HQ reference the correct requirements for that challenge and get it verified for your team quickly.
We will also be keeping track of the number of challenges every team has completed throughout the race, in real-time.
Our HQ typically responds in less than a minute but if you're confident you have completed it correctly keep racing and work on another challenge while you await verification. Any race-related questions you have before, during, or after the race can be submitted into your Team Bonfyre and our HQ will follow up with you. It's recommended that you also keep track of which challenges your team has successfully completed so you don't waste any time in figuring out which ones you have remaining. Just remember we only count the challenges that have been submitted properly and were successfully verified by our HQ so if you complete one and forget to submit it, or you submit it but our HQ responded as "Invalid" for whatever reason then we can't count it towards your total. You can attempt a challenge as many times as needed to successfully get it verified (unless otherwise specifically noted in the challenge description).
Finish positions will be based on the total number of challenges you complete and when you submitted your most recent challenge.
Our HQ will be keeping track of how many total challenges you've completed and what time you completed your most recent challenge. The most important factor in determining your final ranking will be how many total challenges you completed successfully within the 2 hour timeframe. If any submissions are received after the 2 hours they will not be verified and will not count towards your total. HQ will also be keeping track of what time your team completed their most recent challenge. That time will constantly be updated throughout the race as you complete challenges and will be used as a tie breaker in final rankings if needed. For example, if Team A completed 26 total challenges and they completed their 26th challenge at the 1 hour 42 minute mark, and Team B also completed 26 challenges but didn't complete their 26th challenge until the 1 hour 53 minute mark then Team A would have a better finishing position than Team B. But if Team C completes 27 challenges, even if they didn't complete their 27th challenge until the 1 hour 56 minute mark, they would beat both Team A and B.
After The Race:
After the race ends your team can head back to the Canton Waterfront Park (3001 Boston Street) for some post-race festivities, live music, great food, giveaways, and an awards ceremony.
How To Display Your Bib Number
When you registered, you assigned yourself a 3-digit race bib number which you will use to identify yourself on race day. If you forget what number you assigned yourself you can log into your Eventbrite account and click on "View Order" and then scroll down to see the number you chose. If you can't find it for some reason you can let us know by commenting in your Team Bonfyre in the week leading up to Race Day and we'll confirm it for you.
For race day identification we are now using the preferred method of most triathlons and adventure races called "Body Marking". Body Marking, or having your bib number displayed on yourself, is a durable, safe, and effective way to let everyone around you know you're in the middle of a fun and competitive race, without having to wear a paper bib and safety pins, or wait in long registration lines the morning of the race.
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 and sporting goods locations.
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 words "CHASE RACE" 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.
* The words "CHASE RACE" 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 our Race HQ, our on-site race staff, any local businesses we partner with as checkpoints, and everyone in the city.
* 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!
Look for more information via email in the days leading up to the race. If you have any questions you can contact us at XTeam@XperienceAdventures.com