Here are some important dates you need to know for the April Fools' Day Event!
MONDAY, MARCH 13th - T-SHIRT SIZE CHANGES & NEW ORDER DEADLINEDid you originally order the wrong shirt size? Need to change someone on your registration? Have friends who still haven't registered for the race? We have to submit an order for shirts on this day, so anyone changing after March 13th may not get the size shirt they want. Tell your friends to register now.
MONDAY, MARCH 27th - MAP RELEASE & PACKET PICKUP FOR ALL LOCAL TEAMS Do you live within 20-25 miles of Eustis? You need to pick up your packet on March 27th between 4:00pm and 8:00pm at 1884 Restaurant & Bar at 12 East Magnolia Avenue, Eustis, FL 32726. The race for clues to other challenges begin at 1884 Restaurant, so make sure you get over there. You can pick up a packet for another team if they can't make it. We have been known to make teams complete a challenge at the pickup location to receive their packet, so come prepared. (If you were one of the first 100 teams to register, there is a special gift - a race buff - that will be in your packet as well.)If you live farther than 25 miles away, you must arrive at least 1 hour before your start time on race day at the registration tent to pick up your packet.
TUESDAY, MARCH 28th - FRIDAY, MARCH 31st - CLUES TO THE RACEThis year, you'll have the opportunity to get a jump on the race. Your packet, which you'll pick up Monday, March 27th, will include a list of sponsors and their locations so you can visit them to find a clue that will help you speed through several challenges on the race course. Plan to visit at least a few of our sponsors in the days leading up to the race for help saving valuable time on race day!
SATURDAY, APRIL 1st - THE 4th ANNUAL AMAZING RACE FOR CHARITY PRESENTED BY FLORIDA CANCER SPECIALISTS!!!
RACE DAY PARKING Parking in downtown Eustis is first come, first serve. If you did not get your packet ahead of time, you'll want to check in at least 1 hour before your start time at the registration tent in Fountain Green Park (corner of Magnolia Avenue and Eustis Street where the hospital used to be located).
WHAT TO WEAR- Every racer should wear the race-provided moisture-wicking shirt with a bib number pinned to the front.- We award prizes for best costume and best team spirit, so pull out all the stops and go overboard. We all love cool outfits and fun accessories! - Shoes that can get wet and/or dirty/muddy. This is not the time to bust out the $150 brand new running shoes. Still, we will provide places for you to remove your shoes and socks for wet challenges if you'd like.
WHAT TO BRING Each team will receive a cinch backpack at Packet Pickup. Please bring this on race day with the following items enclosed: - Signed liability waiver (both team members, or a parent/guardian for a minor) - One school supply item per team member (pencils, crayons, paper, notebook, etc.) - $5 bill per team member (will allow you to skip one single, pre-determined challenge on race day. Last year the challenge was wearing old band uniforms and delivering heavy uniforms up three flights of stairs. The event raised $1,600 for band uniforms. This year, we've chosen one even less appealing, so bring your cash). - At least one phone with a built-in camera. You will need the camera portion for at least one part of the race. You will have a place to put your bag for wet challenges, but maybe consider putting your phone in a ziploc bag just in case. - Your ID if you plan to drink beer during the Finish Line Festival. - Your car keys. Don't lock those in the car! - You may want a change of clothes so you can stay and enjoy the festivities and the award ceremony.
AT LEAST 60 MINUTES BEFORE YOUR START TIME If you do have your packet already, you'll have instructions to arrive in downtown Eustis and visit the vendors in the Finish Line Festival. This year, those vendors will be able to help you with clues for the race starting at 8am.
AT LEAST 30 MINUTES BEFORE YOUR START TIME Once you've gotten at least five clues from the vendors at the Finish Line Festival, it's time to get on the bus at the corner of Eustis Street and MacDonald Avenue. The ride to the starting line is just short of 15 minutes. You can also carpool with others to the starting line. Drive to Liberty Baptist Church (2451 Dora Ave, Tavares, FL 32778) and follow the signs for race parking. You will be directed to the starting line.
AT LEAST 15 MINUTES BEFORE YOUR START TIME Arrive at the starting line and follow directions to get into the queue to start. You and your partner need to make sure both your race bibs are pinned to the front of your shirts and that you have brought your signed liability waiver with you. No one will be allowed to start the race without a completed waiver.
AT YOUR STARTING TIME Since we stagger starting times, you can expect that two or three teams will start every minute. If you aren't starting exactly with friends but want to race with them, you can start at your assigned time and then wait a few feet past the starting line for them.
ALONG THE COURSE There will be at least five water stations along the race course. We have also arranged to place mile markers along the course so you know how far you've come (and how far you still have to go). We will also have a big halfway recharge station with drinks and snacks to power you through the second part of the race.
TRAVEL DURING RACE Before and during the race you will be traveling in motorized vehicles. You will also cross some water on a craft. If you have a concern about being transported safely over a body of water, please contact us immediately at 352-242-8111.INSTAGRAM/TWITTER PHOTO CONTEST DURING THE RACE Since you'll have your phone/camera with you during the race, you have a unique opportunity to participate in a cool contest. Post photos from the race (challenges, you and your partner at the starting line, costumes along the course, etc.) on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #ARFC2017 and you will be entered into the contest. Photos must be posted between 8:30am and the end of the race. Our contest judges will choose the best photo and the winner will be announced at the Awards Ceremony on the Finish Line Festival stage. The winner receives a Fuji Instax Mini 26 camera! If that weren't enough, all images uploaded with the #ARFC2017 hashtag during the race will be printed at the eSportsPhoto tent in the Finish Line Festival. See them during the festival to pick up a print of your image! (NOTE: social media profiles set to "private" will not be eligible to participate in the contest, as we will not be able to find, see or print your images.)
SPECTATORS We've also designed this year's race with spectators in mind. For your friends or family who are just watching this year, Fountain Green is a great place to start, as 4+ challenges will be within easy walking distance. The map will also show several other stops for spectators that will give them easy access to ALL of the challenges for their "viewing pleasure."
ROAD RULESAt the starting line, you will be ordered by your starting time. 3 to 4 teams will start every minute, beginning at 9:00 am.
NO ROADS WILL BE CLOSED FOR THE RACE. Please stay on the sidewalk and obey all signals from police officers and crossing guards. Please cross only at a signal or stoplight.
The course may have steep sections or rough, rocky terrain. Please GO SLOW and watch your footing.
You must obey all orders given by Law Enforcement, safety personnel and volunteers wearing race-provided t-shirts.
Pay attention to signs along the race course. Some of them may feature interesting facts that you will want to remember. Others will tell you where you must WALK SAFELY and NOT RUN.
COURSE CLOSINGThe course will close at 2:00PM or when the last racers have finished each station.
AWARDS CEREMONYWe intend to hold the awards ceremony in Fountain Green before 2pm. We will announce the awards ceremony at least 15 minutes before the start so you can gather at Fountain Green in the park. Awards will be given in several categories, including:
Best Dressed Team
WEATHERThe race will be modified to deal with weather issues, but it is considered a “rain or shine” race, so come ready to race in any kind of weather!
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