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Ah, Venice (VENICE, FL) Pop-Up Invisible Scavenger Hunt Run
August 14, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - August 30, 2020 @ 10:00 pm$20.00
WHO – Venice and southwest Florida area runners, walkers, friends, and families. No experience necessary!
WHAT – Pop-Up Invisible Scavenger Hunt Run, RIOYO (“Run It On Your Own”)
WHERE – 200 W Venice Ave, Venice, FL 34285 (Centennial Park parking lot)
WHEN – TWO WEEK WINDOW – Go Any Time – Course opens Friday, August 14th at 5:00 pm and closes at 10 pm Sunday night, August 30th.
WHY -Why not?
HOW – Locate as many of the 21 invisible checkpoints as you can, in any order, using just a self-printed paper map and/or compass. A smartphone app running silently in your pocket tracks your score and keeps time and results. This is a navigation race — no GPS navigating allowed! While this race is timed, there is no cut-off time — you can take as long as you like.
HOW MUCH – Adults are $20, accompanied kids are free. Ticket includes PDF map to download for self-printing (put it in a Zip-lock bag!) and instructions on how to use the UsynligO app for tracking, scoring, and results.
Trailhead Ultras and Northline Navigation are proud to present the Invisible Scavenger Hunt Run, which will take place between August 14 and August 30th.
This is a unique event that respects everyone’s personal space in the era of COVID-19 social distancing, allows us to all run (or walk, hike, shimmy, Prancercize, etc) the same course and then compare results (and routes)… except, not all at once.
How it works — Upon registering, you will receive an email with specific instructions. Then you will use a free smartphone app called UsynligO (which means, “invisible orientering” in Norwegian,) a printed paper course map that you print at home, yourself. The Start/Finish is the parking lot of Centennial Park in Venice. You can go ANY TIME during the TWO WEEK Event Window to RIOYO (“run it on your own.”)
When you launch the UsynligO app and begin the activity, the clock is ticking and you’ll travel to as many checkpoints marked on the map as fast as you can. The triangle symbol is the Start, and the double circle symbol is the Finish, and they’re in the same place near where you parked. Checkpoints are marked as circles at specific features in the landscape. When you arrive at a checkpoint, the app (running silently in your pocket) senses your position via GPS and marks your visit with a snazzy little tune to indicate that you’ve FOUND IT. High five yourself, and carry on to the next one!
Can you get them ALL? If so, who can do it the FASTEST?
All along the way, UsynligO records your track (just like Strava-type apps) and keeps score of how many (and which) points you have collected. Once you get all the checkpoints (or not… you don’t HAVE to get them all… and failing to get them all is NOT a DNF,) and your return to the Finish, your score is displayed on the leader board, visible inside the app. You can also share your GPX route to yourself for uploading to Strava, or whatever social training platform you use.
So, put on your running shoes or bike helmet, your thinking caps, and your adventure outfits. Take lots of pictures, share your experiences with others, and spread the word because Invisible Scavenger Hunt Runs are here, and they’re here to stay!
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