Here are some of the more frequently asked questions about the race:
Why is this not listed as an actual Geocaching event?
Geocaching.Com does not allow the publishing of event caches that are considered an “organized hunt”. This race meets the criteria of a hunt and therefore cannot be published as an event. There will however be a post-race gathering at the finish line (Centennial Park) which has been designated as a Geocaching event. The GC event name is the same as the race name and the GC code to search on is GC30GTG.
Why was there no 2015 race event?
The race was available as part of the M3 mega “lab cache” outing. Instead of having everyone start at the same time, people had the option to see if they could obtain the fastest time in getting the lab caches we had placed. All of the lab caches were inspired by stops on the Race for Cache.
Since the mega was taking place in August, we opted to skip the main race event that year and save it for this year.
Where is the finish line for this race?
Historically, the event has always concluded at the Lions Den Lodge in Centennial Park but this year (2016) we have moved the event to Caseley Park in Riverview.
How much money will the race cost a team?
Each team member must pay a $5 fee to participate in the race. We try to minimize the costs of the race but by it’s very nature, there will sometimes be minor charges for things you need to do. As a general rule, aside from the actual team registration fees, the race activities themselves never cost more than $20 total.
So for a team of four, your costs would be:
- $20 for team registration
- $20 (max) for incidentals during the race
Ultimately, a team of four racers could run the race for $20 so it really depends on how you play. Also keep in mind that the $5/person you are paying covers the cost of all the food you can eat and drink at the finish line.
Here are some prices for other activities in Greater Moncton for a group of four:
- Family day pass (4 people) at Magic Mountain: $85 (no food included)
- Two adults & Two children with consessions for a matinee movie: $70+
- Parlee Beach day pass: $11 (no food included)
Why do I need a cell phone to participate in the race?
A cell phone is the easiest way for the race organizers to communicate with teams in the event that something changes mid-race. By sending out a text message blast to all teams, it is extremely easy to notify everyone that something has changed.
What happens if I go to do a task and can’t complete it? How do I know where to go next?
Your “lifeboat” will save you in this case. When you receive your registration packet from the starting line, you will receive a sealed envelope called the Lifeboat. The lifeboat is meant to address this specific situation. In cases where someone cannot complete a task for whatever reason, whether it be the vendor was not available, a clue was missing, or some other unforeseen circumstance, the lifeboat will help you.
The lifeboat contains a “master clue” which is a complete and total list of all race stops including the coordinates, the clue number, and a description and hint of where it is. If you get stuck at a stop, you can open the life boat and get an answer.
However, opening the lifeboat costs you points. Teams who do not use the lifeboat during the race receive a special point bonus.
Usage of the lifeboat also disqualifies you from winning the First To Finish (FTF) prize.
Why are teams “scored” instead of just having the first team to cross the finish line crowned the winner?
The biggest reason for using a scoring system for this race is to level the playing field for teams which are not as familiar with the Moncton area as others. Teams who live in or near Moncton would have an obvious advantage in knowing the best ways to get to certain locations, how best to avoid traffic, and other “local” secrets about the area.
Also, for teams that are still new to the sport of geocaching, scoring makes it fairer to them by allowing even the most novice geocacher to possibly claim the winning title. In the 2010 race, the winner was actually a team of two geocachers who had only been caching for a few months and they did not even come close to finishing first.
The FTF prize was created to allow the first team to finish to receive their own prize.
How does the race account for team swarming at race stops?
Swarming occurs when two or more teams arrive at the same task at the same time. When many teams arrive at the same task, there is potential for a line-up and wait to occur. Given that this is a race, we do our best to minimize this by utilizing tasks that will not suffer from the swarming problem. We also have previously started the race by giving each team four specific tasks they need to accomplish to solve a puzzle that brings them to the fifth task. These four tasks can be done in any order. Given that teams will choose to do the tasks in different orders, it helps reduce the chances of swarming. Add in typical Saturday traffic, and knowledge of the city, and how to get to a destination, this typically reduces swarming.
However, despite all of that, certain tasks may require teams to wait their turn and thusly, a line up can occur. A team’s registration packet comes with an “EZ Pass” which allows a team to skip any task on the race. However, skipping a task does come at a price. Teams who use the EZ Pass do not qualify for the 1000 point EZ Pass Bonus but they are given full point credit for the task they skipped. Additionally, if a team chooses to use the EZ Pass on any task marked as a “Roadblock”, they do not receive credit for that task.
Ultimately, if a team thinks they will have to wait more than 15 minutes for a task, using the EZ Pass will really only cost them 375 points (since you are docked 625 per 15 minutes you use in the race and the bonus is 1000 points) and may in fact help them to score higher on other tasks.
How much time will this event and race take?
The race itself is about 3 hours long with the BBQ being afterwards. Some teams have completed all the tasks in under two hours while others have taken five hours to complete. It ultimately depends on how well you can decipher and find the clues.
Are teams permitted to share information?
If teams choose to, they are welcome to share whatever information they wish. Cooperation is encouraged but remember that it is a race, and you ultimately want to try and get the best score you can. If you feel this can be accomplished best by working with another team, then that is your option. The only stipulation is that teams may not travel in the same vehicle.
Can we claim finds on gc.com for the caches we find during the race?
You can log an “Attended” for the GC event. If one of your clues provides an actual GC code, then the stop you have made is an actual geocache and you are free to log it as you want.
Our vehicle ran out of gas/got stopped by the cops/broke down/got stuck in traffic/was abducted by aliens. Can we get a time credit for those types of situations?
No time credit will be given for any transportation issues. If you are concerned that your vehicle may be unreliable, we recommend you choose a more reliable vehicle for the race portion of the event, or have a backup vehicle available for use during the race portion of the event.
Where did you come up with the idea for this race?
The idea for the Race for Cache came from how I proposed to my wife. In fact, one of the stops for the 2014 race is the actual park where we met for the first time. I also did something similar for her the year after for a trip to Niagara Falls.
When I started geocaching, I wanted my first event cache to be something different so I took ideas from my previous experiences and turned them into a geocaching event.
How is this race financed?
The race is financed initially by myself, Matthew Klem (Zor). I charge the $5/person fee to cover as much of the costs as possible. We also do a 50/50 draw at the finish line to also help offset the cost of the event. This year (2016) will be the first year that we may have to pay for a facility for the finish line. So although we don’t ask you specifically to purchase 50/50 tickets, the money raised from that draw goes directly to the building we’ll be renting. The registration fee goes towards the food and all other race costs.
Is this a Cache Up NB event?
No. Cache Up NB is a geocaching website and company that promotes geocaching in New Brunswick. Although I do run the operations for that company, this event is purely my own and not an official Cache Up NB event.