• At least one member of each team must be 18 years of age or older.
• Race/LA is a physically active event. Players should be in reasonably good physical shape. You don't need to be an athlete (or an L.A. trivia expert) but you should be able to think and act quickly, and work together as a team. No special skills or abilities are required. Running is optional, but often can be advantageous.
• Each team needs their own car, although only one driver per team is required.
• Each team may bring a printed map, however no other types of travel books or guides are allowed.
• With the exception of cameras, players may not use any types of electronic devices including cell phones and in-car or portable GPS at any time during Race/LA. Using a printed map and/or asking strangers for help is permitted and encouraged!
• There may be locations where running or excessive noise are not permitted. Failure to follow this rule may result in elimination from the race.
TRAVEL. Race/LA may occur anywhere within Los Angeles County. Each race typically covers about 25-40 driving miles from start to finish. Players will not know in advance exactly where they will be traveling. However, you will never be asked to travel to any unusually dangerous locations or perform any unusually hazardous activities.
Teams travel primarily by car and on foot, but also occasionally by other methods. Your car will be nearby at the end of the race.
Team members must travel together at all times and may not split up or separate unless specifically told to. No one is permitted to be in your car other than the two members of your team. Traffic laws must be observed at all times. This is not a road race. Speeding or reckless driving is not permitted.
REST STOP. The rest stop gives teams a chance to relax, eat and mingle with (or strategize against) other teams. When arriving at the rest stop, both team members should first check-in with a monitor to be clocked in and begin the rest period.
COSTS and REGISTRATION. The cost is $230 per team of two. Payment in full is required at the time of registration. Players can also expect to spend an additional amount during the race (usually around $10-$15 per person), primarily on parking.
Cancel at least 7 days prior to the event date:
full refund less $15 cancellation fee.
Cancel less than 7 days prior to the event date:
ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE. If you get stuck on a clue or find yourself lost, you will be given a phone number to which you may make any number of Roadside Assistance calls during the race. You will be given a generous hint that will help you move forward. However, your team will be given a 10-minute time penalty for each call you make that will be deducted from your finish time.
CLUES are in usually sealed envelopes. Teams often have to perform a certain task or activity before receiving their next clue.
ONE WAY. Clues marked ONE WAY contain a task that only one member of your team will perform. You will receive a hint about the task, and then must decide which team member will perform it before opening the complete clue. Once your decision is made, it can't be changed.
INTERSECTION. Clues marked INTERSECTION give you a choice of two different tasks, with different advantages and disadvantages to each. You will receive complete information about each task before you make your decision, and you're free to change your mind at any time (but of course, this could cost you extra time).
FAST LANE. Several FastLane cards are hidden inside clue envelopes. If you find a FastLane card, you will skip the next destination in the race. The clue inside the envelope with the card will be for the following destination. Simply follow the instructions on that clue.
PENALTIES AND DISQUALIFICATION. Time penalties will be given for failure to perform a task as instructed in a clue, so be sure to read clues slowly and carefully! Players will be disqualified and asked to leave the race for intentionally cheating, or abusing/harassing race monitors or other participants.
FALLING BEHIND. If your teams falls significantly behind, it may not be possible for you to continue in the race due to the citywide logistics involved in moving from place to place with a large number of people. There are typically one or two locations in each race that will serve as checkpoints, meaning that your team must arrive at each of these locations by a certain time. We'll try our best to let you continue, but in most cases this will mean skipping one or more tasks and locations for penalites.
WINNING. The first team whose players both reach the Race/LA mat at the finish line is the winner. The winning team will receive a cash prize of $250, and eternal fame and recognition as part of our website's Winners Circle.
What's the difference between CityRace and Race/LA?
We hold two different types of events:
Race/LA, held once or twice yearly, is a day-long, citywide event for teams of two.
CityRace Urban Adventure Hunts are 3-hour, neighborhood specific clue-solving hunts for teams of 2, 3 or 4. CityRace hunts are held throughout the year.
CityRace clues focus more on using brainpower, research and puzzle-solving skills whereas the clues in Race/LA often involve more navigation around the city and physical activities.
The rest of this FAQ is for Race/LA. For the CityRace FAQ, go here.
When are the next races?
Race/LA is usually held once or twice a year, either in the spring or in the fall. To be first to hear about new races and registration, send us your name and e-mail and we'll add you to our newsletter list.
How far in advance can I register?
Registration usually begins about 3 months before each event.
How much does it cost?
$230 per team of two. Because space is very limited for Race/LA, you will not find any discount offers or coupons for this event on other websites.
How long is Race/LA?
The race begins at 8:30 am and usually finishes between 2:30 and 3:00 pm. Most races are divided into two legs, separated by a brief rest stop around lunch time.
Can children participate?
Race/LA is not recommended for children under the age of 15.
Does Race/LA include dangerous or high-risk tasks?
No. The tasks in Race/LA are open to almost everyone, require no special skills and are not unusually hazardous. However, players should be in reasonably good physical (and mental!) condition.
Can I change my team partner after I've registered?
Do the winners get prizes?
The winning team receives a cash prize of $250. However, the focus of Race/LA is not on awarding large prizes - it is on providing a fun and unforgettable experience.
I'm not sure if this type of event is for me - any advice?
Good navigation skills, regardless of whether you're familiar with the area, are helpful. Choose a teammate that you communicate well with. Although you definitely don't need to be an athlete, you should be in reasonably good physical shape. Running is never required, however it is often advantageous.
If you're not especially interested in competetive activities, you're just looking for a day of unusual sightseeing, or you're already planning where you'll eat lunch... then this might not be the event for you!
Is every race different?
Usually, but sometimes locations or activities from previous races are repeated.