W2NR DC Race 2018
August 4, 2018 W2NR DC Inaugural Event
The W2NR team is proud to share the DC Race route with our blog readers. Buckle up!
We started the Race at Wunder Garten DC, a beer garden in the heart of the burgeoning NOMA neighborhood. Racers arrived between 8:00 and 8:45 a.m., ahead of the 9:00 a.m. start, to check in. The teams would compete to complete the race in under 3.5 hours - any team that did would share a pot of prize money.
(Note: the final prize structure is likely to change for future races.)
After a brief introduction and run down of the rules, the teams faced a small challenge that would lead them to the first checkpoint!
Teams checked in at the Zero Milestone marker on the South side of the White House and received their first clue card of the race.
Teams then rushed to complete the tasks above, getting there by any means necessary. Some ran, others biked. We can't be 100% certain, but we may have even seen a hovercraft in there somewhere too.
After the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial, teams continued to the FDR Memorial where they found a W2NR volunteer waiting for them.
Check out Instagram for some great videos of the racers at the FDR Memorial!
Teams continued on to the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, which was incredibly busy that Saturday. Teams that knew about the entrance on the Mall side of the Museum had an advantage and were able to get in before the teams that tried the entrance on Constitution Avenue NW. (The Museum had only just opened for the day, so the line was almost around the block on the Constitution side.)
Teams had to track down five objects inside the Natural History Museum to unlock the next clue. You can play along by going to our clue portal and typing in the passcode: eleph
Once they had completed the surprisingly difficult scavenger hunt in the Museum, teams had to make it to Eastern Market to find Waldo. He was mixing and mingling with the many vendors around the Market, and teams had to IG a photo with him.
Once they'd snapped their pic, the teams had a (what turned out to be not-so-)difficult choice of either tracking down one of three vendors at the Eastern Market that had our logo hidden in their booth or to purchase some food at the market and IG the purchase.
The teams next challenge was to identify a relatively cryptic photo of a bar somewhere in DC (which turned out to be the Exchange on G Street NW near the White House), where they would have to go and answer trivia questions based off of the previous checkpoints.
After they found the Exchange and answered the questions, teams advanced to the final stop of the day, the Smithsonian National Zoological Park. At the zoo, teams started by locating a special item in the Panda exhibit from which they used their orienteering skills to navigate around the zoo on a crazy crowded day, ultimately locating the final clue for the portal.
That clue, "glass," brought them full circle to the Wunder Garten DC.
Having traveled the full extent of the race, the Nexters could relax, reflecting happily on the experience they just had and perchance to enjoy a frosty brew and/or a snack from one of the vendors on site.
(And if you're curious, only one team managed to complete all the tasks under the allotted 3.5 hours. One other team came a whisker away...)