THE SCI CAN CHALLENGE
2015 SCI CAN CHALLENGE RESULTS
1. 46:01 Right in the Kisser
2. 53:25 Briggs
3. 55:34 Team Lefse My Heart in Decorah
4. 55:50 SCI’s NOT the Limit
5. 57:30 Worst Pace Scenario
7. 1:00:47 Nerd Herd
8. 1:01:02 EleMOOntary
9. 1:01:25 The John House
10. 1:04:21 The Ginger Duo
11. 1:05:22 IHA
12. 1:05:54 Peppy Pixars
13. 1:09:25 Riley’s Nose Knows
14. 1:10:09 Buckeyes
15. 1:10:19 The Hummel’s
16. 1:10:21 Unbearable Market
17. 1:10:53 Taking You to School
18. 1:12:19 Team RamRod
19. 1:14:16 Team Wowzers
20. 1:16:28 Hollijan
21. 1:19:37 In Search of Clue
22. 1:22:00 Pizza
23. 1:27:34 Let if Gogh
24. 1:29:59 2e Fast and 2e Furious
25. 1:30:00 Mouseketeers
26. 1:30:10 Fighting Pandas
27. 1:32:25 Team Swain
28. 1:34:08 SCI CAN Do It!
29. 1:38:07 Hip Chios
30. 1:38:34 Team Good
31. 1:38:40 e – Lemonators
32. 1:40:59 TACOCAT
33. 1:41:51 The Outlaws
34. 1:43:54 Sole Sisters
35. 1:44:53 Super Girls
36. 1:52:59 Meeple People
37. 2:01:50 Juggernot
38. 2:02:30 No Selfie Control
39. 2:02:55 Ying and Yang
40. 2:03:15 Oh Young
41. 2:20:00 The Out of Towners
42. 2:25:53 Smokin’Hot Mamas
The First Ever SCI CAN Challenge urban adventure race is hitting Des Moines on Sunday, September 20th, 2015! Sign up now to raise money for a great cause and have a blast doing it!
The Challenge is a ridiculously fun “Amazing Race” style competition packed into one incredible day. Teams of two or more will dash around the city, racing against other Challengers for immortal glory (and cash prizes!) as they solve tricky clues, strategize the best route, and explore undiscovered corners of the city. First place wins $200!!!
Think of it like a 5K that tests your brains as much as your legs, with bigger prizes and a whole lot more fun–we guarantee you’ll have a blast!
• An amazing, active way to spend a Sunday with friends in Des Moines while raising money for a great cause! — All proceeds from Sunday’s race will go towards the SCI CAN Foundation’s mission of helping persons with disabilities throughout Iowa!
• Don’t worry—fitness is a plus, but you’ll need a blend of smarts AND speed to win this race!
• At the finish line, we’ll welcome you back with cold water, food and drink specials, music, costume contest and awards ceremony for our winners!
If you’re ready to take the Challenge, grab some friends, pick a clever team name and sign up right below!
Still have questions?? See below for an extensive list of FAQs!
What is the SCI CAN Challenge?
The SCI CAN Challenge is Des Moines’ first ever urban scavenger race! September 20, 2015
The Challenge is like a scavenger hunt on steroids! It’s a miniature “amazing race” crafted specifically for the Des Moines area that combines the brain-twisting challenge of clue-solving with the active excitement of a foot race, while having tons of fun with your friends and family along the way!
When the race begins, teams of two or more will compete against each other to solve 11 out of the 12 clues we’ve carefully crafted, each of which will lead you to a unique challenge in a new location in the city. The quickest teams to return to the finish line after completing all the clues will win the cash prizes!!
What is the SCI CAN Foundation?
A 501c3 founded by Chris Norton in 2012, our mission is to promote the long term health, wellness, recovery, and quality of life for individuals with spinal cord injury and other neurological disorders by providing additional funds to facilitate opportunities that would not otherwise exist. To date we have awarded $276,596.00 in grants!!!
Is this awesome?
Yes. Way, way awesome.
Do I need to be really in shape for this? Who can participate?
The SCI CAN Challenge is designed to be a blast for all ages and ability levels–you can choose your speed, whether that’s a mad dash from clue to clue or a more leisurely walking pace, enjoying the urban exploration at a slower clip.
The most important element for success is a winning strategy, so a team with much more brains than brawn is usually quite competitive. In total, an ideal Challenge route you strategize will take your team from 3 to 4 miles throughout the city. All ages are welcome, but anyone under 18 needs a responsible party 18 or older on their team.
How many people can be on a team?
There’s no maximum team size–so sign up as many as you’d like. Just remember, you’ll have to take a picture with everyone at each stop!
We do ask that each team consist of at least two members, no “one-man wolfpack” teams!
What does the SCI CAN Challenge cost? What do I receive?
The early bird entry cost is $35, so make sure to sign up quick! And remember, all proceeds from the SCI CAN Challenge will go towards benefiting Iowans with muscular and neurological deficiencies!
Your entry includes your souvenir race number bib, a temporary tattoo, clue sheet, bottled water, drink specials at the afterparty, costume contest and of course a chance at the big cash prizes and entry to the National Championship for our top finishers!
Is this family friendly?
Yes, the Challenge is a great family activity and is appropriate for all ages (no beer chugging clues!)
Can we run with a stroller? Are small kids free?
Yes, any sort of strollers are fine. Kids 5 and under are free, but 6 and up require a registration. All kids need a waiver filled out by their parent/guardian.
How do I add to an existing team?
To add to an existing team, have the new registrant enter your existing team’s name in the appropriate box when signing up–that’s all they have to do!
When is the registration deadline?
We will be taking registrations online all the way until the race begins. We strongly encourage you to sign up as soon as your team is ready! In-person registrations on race day are limited, so we urge you to sign up online.
When is check-in?
September 20th 12:45 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. at Johnny’s Hall of Fame at 302 Court Ave. in downtown Des Moines
How long does the race last?
The clues are designed to take the fastest teams between 1 hour and 1.5 hours to complete. The average finish time will be around 2 hours and we’ll continue to take finish times for approximately 3 hours after the race begins for those that are enjoying themselves out there!
Can we bring our dog?
Yes, a dog (on a leash) is welcome to run around with your team.
What is the race course?
You make the course! There is no set course from clue to clue–everybody’s route is different.
Where do we meet?
Johnny’s Hall of Fame at 302 Court Avenue in downtown Des Moines
Where does the race end?
Our finish line is back at Johnny’s Hall of Fame where we will check to make sure you have completed each clue correctly!
What should I wear?
Tshirts from The SCI CAN Challenge will be available for purchase in person on race day. You should wear comfortable gear appropriate for the weather forecast–we’ll go forward rain or shine, as long as it’s not hazardous. Running shoes are probably best. If you’re interested in competing in our costume contest make sure to dress up with the rest of your team in your wackiest apparel. Remember, first place costume teams will receive a cash prize!
What happens if it rains?
The race goes forward, rain or shine. Racer safety is our primary interest, so the only exception will be due to extremely hazardous weather, in which case we’ll send an email to all the attendees, post a notice on our website, Facebook and Twitter with further details about a new race date.
Are refunds available?
All registration sales are final and non-refundable for any reason, but are easily transferrable to someone else at any time. In the case of a extremely rare postponement due to hazardous weather, your registration will automatically transfer to a make-up date or the next year’s SCI CAN Challenge.
What do I need to bring with me?
Very little, really. If you’re drinking afterwards, don’t forget your ID, but you won’t need it at check-in or any printouts from the internet–once you register online with us via our Eventbrite registration partner, you’re on our list and all set.
Smart phones are allowed as a tool, and one digital camera/cameraphone per team is required to snap a picture of your team at each stop. You can pretty much bring any resource (all electronics, GPS, travel books, etc) that you want to carry along!
After I sign up, what happens?
You’ll receive an email immediately from Eventbrite, our registration service, confirming your transaction. You can print it for your records if you’d like, but you don’t need to bring it on race day. We’ll send a couple of updates out to our racers, about a week out and then again about a few days out.
How do I participate in the Costume Contest?
This part’s easy! Just make sure you and your teammates wear your craziest costume combinations. The best costume team will be voted on by the rest of the Challengers at the end of the day. There are literally millions of different costumes you could go with. If you want a little inspiration, FOLLOW THIS LINK for an example of a great costume.
Can I use a car? A bike? A taxi? Ride a mongoose around?
Only your own two feet and public transit are allowed. No bikes, no rollerblades, no skateboards, no taxis, no cars, no hanggliders.
Any other rules?
Teams must stick together for each clue photo and cross the finish line together to record a finish time. Teams must complete 11 of the 12 clues, which allows you to skip one clue that might stumping you or becomes unexpectedly unreachable on race day.
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