RACE RULES!

​There will be 2 main Champions in this race:

The trackable with the most miles.

The trackable with the most Visited caches (includes dips).

There will also be a dead man's prize to the trackable that travels the fewest miles upon release.

There are real prizes for the winners, but we are taking donations to make the prizes bigger. Please see link below.

  1. The purpose of this race is to have fun, and have a friendly, no-contact, competition.

  2. This is a free to enter race, but the racers will provide their own Trackable Tag from Geocaching.com. This must be a physical tag, and a physical tracking bug. Discoveries and virtual mileage is not allowed and will lead to disqualification.  

  3. The foundational premise of this race is that once you drop off your Race Bug at the start of the race, you no longer have any control over where the bug goes. It is completely at the mercy of the strangers who pick it up and move it along. It may disappear or it may travel far and wide.

  4. The Race officially starts on Saturday May 23, 2020 at 12:00 am (NOT FRIDAY) which is considered the official beginning of summer. Any racers that jump the starting gun will be disqualified. All trackables will need to be released no later than Monday May 25 at 11:59 pm. Any trackable registered that is not released into a cache by this time is disqualified from the dead man's prize, but can still enter the rest of the race at the owners loss of time.

  5. The race will end on Monday September 7 at 11:59 pm… The official end of summer, Labor Day.

  6. For Race purposes, all stats will be taken from Geocaching.com, including the Distance used will be that given on the Race Bugs’ geocaching.com trackable page.

  7. A geocacher may enter up to 3 Race Bugs, of which they are the owner, in this Race. Travel Bugs tend to go missing, so the more bugs you have in the Race the better your chance of winning a trophy at the end of the year.

  8. All Race Bugs must be registered by the owner, have 0 distance logged, and contain no drop off log entries prior to dropping it off in its starting geocache.

  9. All Race Bugs must be trackable on Geocaching.com, all activities must be logged on Geocaching.com and these logs will be the only source of information for the race.

  10. Please take a good close up photo of your Race Bug and upload it to its geocaching.com page and make it the default image for your Travel Bug (We will be using hypertext links to geocaching.com to automatically display on our race website the photo of your Race Bug, its current mileage, and its current location.)

  11. The Race Bug is the property of the owner. The owner takes responsibility for securely attaching the TB tag to the traveler.

  12. Race Bugs reported missing; muggled, etc. are the responsibility of their owner. The owner will assume responsibility for any potential theft or mishandling during the race.

  13. If a Race Bug goes missing, owners may NOT release a new traveler with a copy travel bug tag. (Only the original traveler is in this race)

  14. After 12:00 am on Saturday May 23rd, 2020 the owner will place all of his Race Bugs in their first geocache, log their drop off online, and he may not touch them again until after the race has ended. Race Bugs may be placed in a Travel Bug Hotel or any other geocache container large enough to hold them. If the owner has more than one Race Bug he may place them all in one cache or he may place them in different caches (Placing them in different caches maximizes their safety if one of the starting caches gets muggled).

  15. Race Bug Owners are NOT permitted to move their own Race Bugs. If they do, then all of the Race Bugs they have entered in the race will be disqualified from the event.

  16. Relatives (spouses, sons, daughters, parents, grand parents, grandsons, granddaughters, aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces, cousins, etc...) are NOT permitted to move their relatives' Race Bugs. If they do, then all of the Race Bugs their relative has entered in the race will be disqualified from the event.

  17. Race Bug Owners are NOT permitted to touch or move any of the other competitors’ Race Bugs. If they do, then all of the Race Bugs they have entered in the race will be disqualified from the event.

  18. All cache type visits and drops count toward a Race Bug’s mileage. Non-Racing Geocachers who pick up Race Bugs competing in this event may drop them off in other actual physical caches. They may also dip them (visiting) in and out of any and all official types of geocaches that they find between picking the Race Bug up and dropping it off. (Dipping/Visiting might increase a Race Bugs mileage).

  19. Owners may contact the geocacher who is currently in possession of their Race Bug in an attempt to influence or promote their Race Bug’s movement and race goals (distance, states, countries, photos) for this race.

  20. Owners MAY NOT contact persons (geocachers and non-geocachers) who do not currently have possession of their Race Bug in an attempt to influence or promote their Race Bug’s movement.

  21. Race Bugs may not travel by mail at any stage of the race or be mailed directly back to the United States. They must travel with/on real persons.

  22. The owner of a Race Bug entered into this race will be assumed to have read, understood and accepted all of the race rules.

  23. Should an issue arise not covered by these Racing Rules, the competitors in the race will vote on a decision to recommend to the Race Director. The Race Director’s decisions and judgments are final and no correspondence will be entered into.

  24. Race Bugs and their owners may be disqualified if foul play is suspected.

  25. By registering a Travel Bug in this race you are acknowledging that you have read and agree to abide by these race rules and by any Race decisions made by the Race Officials, and that you have given permission to have your photo and your Race Bug's photo taken and posted on geocaching.com and on this Race website.

  26. By registering a Travel Bug in this race you are acknowledging that you have read and agree to abide by all of these race rules, by any Race decisions made by the Race Officials, and that you have given permission to have your photo and your Race Bug's photo taken and posted on geocaching.com and on this Race website.

  27. Once the race is completed, you are free to rename, re-purpose it, and do whatever you wish as it has served it’s race purpose and will no longer be tied to any race by this group.

  28. No cheating! Trackable caught cheating will be disqualified. Please see the definitions of cheating attached.

 

 

 

 

NO CHEATING ALLOWED:

Sock Puppets may not be used to move your Travel Bug. Some Cheaters have been known to obtain and use another geocaching account with a different screen name pretending to be a different person. They then use the Sock Puppet screen name to move and log their own Travel Bug during the race. These kinds of geocachers think they are being smart, but are quickly found out because the geocaching paper trail is so easy to follow both online and offline making it easy to determine who is doing this. The Race Officials in conjunction with the Geocaching Reviewer are carefully studying all of the logs associated with your Travel Bug, your geocaching account, and comparing them to those of others caching in the same area as you and your bug. When you get caught we will embarrass you by letting everyone know you were booted from the race for cheating!

Drive-By-Geocachers and Arm-Chair-Geocachers: These are the polite names for those despised scoundrels who lie about finding geocaches which they have never actually found. Why do they do it? The only reason I can think of is to boost their number of finds and gain some sort of perceived fame or glory among the geocaching community. Under normal circumstances, these sad souls are only cheating themselves, because they know that their geocaching statistics are falsified and mean absolutely nothing. Their temporary glory soon turns to shame, because word quickly spreads throughout the geocaching community about these kinds of cheaters, and they lose all credibility.

Under normal circumstances they are only cheating themselves (and the Cache Owners whom they lie to). However, when such a person picks up a Travel Bug that is in a race, and falsely claims to have dipped it in caches which that person has never visited, then that person is cheating every single person who is in the race. He is cheating them of a fair chance to win, because that Race Bug's mileage, states visited, and countries visited have all become grossly exaggerated through the falsified records.

(I'm NOT talking about honest players who cant open a container because it is stuck, or cant sign a log sheet because it is too wet, or the logsheet is missing, or their pen just ran out of ink. Those things happen to all of us sooner or later. And I'm NOT talking about folks who are hunting with a group and see the cache container, but never actually touch it because one of their teammates signed the paper log with the group name on behalf of the group. I am ONLY talking about liars who claim that they found a cache which they did not find. Those that log a cache online which they never found.)

Fortunately, it is easy to catch people who cheat like this, simply by visiting each of the geocaches they have logged online and looking for their physical signature on the paper log. The odds eventually begin stacking up against them and become a preponderance of proof.

The Race Director will accept as proof of such cheating the following: Photographs of all of the pages of the logsheets at 30 different geocaches in which the alleged cheater logged that he dipped a Race Bug in this race, in which the log was not physically signed by the alleged cheater. Additionally, those photographs must clearly and legibly show the physical signatures of the persons who logged online the cache as found immediately before and immediately after the alleged cheater's online log. Additionally, the person checking up on the logs and sending in the photos must verify that they have thoroughly investigated these geocache logs, never saw the alleged cheater's signature, and are formally accusing the alleged cheater of cheating.

If you are notified by the Race Director that the geocacher who is carrying your Race Bug has met the above proof of cheating, then you must contact that Geocacher within 24 hours using Geocaching.com email and ask them to drop off your Race Bug in the closest suitable geocache container. After they do so, you must delete all of the logs that geocacher made with your Race Bug and then click on the Recalculate Distance button. Failure to do so will cause your Race Bug to be disqualified from the race and removed from the race website.

Rules adapted from 'The Great Travel Bug Race 2020' by CaneMaster

This race is a free race (you provide your own TB) but it will have real prizes. If you wish to donate to this race, please use the button below. If enough money is donated, we will likely increase the prizes, and possibly start a new webpage dedicated to hosting more TB Races.

Thank you.

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