The Amazing Milwaukee Race #6 will start at 11:00 AM on Saturday, April 25, 2015.

Check In/ Finish Line:

Ale Asylum River House (former Molly Cool's)

1110 N. Old World 3rd St.

CHECK-IN begins at 9:30 AM. Please give yourself adequate time to travel, park, and be ready to go by 10:45. It’s a race; punctuality is a prerequisite. (The Riverhouse will not have the kitchen available at Check-In. Drinks, on the other hand, will be.)

 

PARKING – There are numerous parking garages in the vicinity of the finish line.

 

***BUCKS GAME***  The Buck are in the playoffs, and have a game at the BMO Harris Bradley Center on Saturday at 4:30 PM. The timing of the race starting at 11:00AM, and finishing by 5:00 PM should flow smoothly, but prepare for any parking and traffic headaches.

 

WEATHER – Be ready for anything! Prepare for the worst. It has rained on many an Amazing Milwaukee Race.

 

BUSSING, M-CARDS - The Amazing Milwaukee Race is designed around using the Milwaukee County Transit System. Vast technological improvements have been made to our bus system that may benefit teams on the race.

 

•M-Cards:  Instead of bus tickets, now you can use the M-Card!  The MCTS M•CARD is a reusable plastic smart card that will provide discounted fares, replacing paper tickets. Simply touch your MCTS M•CARD to the orange target on the bus farebox and one fare will be deducted each time you use it. If you are using an M•CARD for both team members, be sure to communicate with the driver you want 2 tickets deducted BEFORE you touch the card to the orange target. The passenger display will show information about your transaction. It’s easy, and most importantly – FAST! Transfers will be automatically stored on the MCTS M•CARD. If a person is paying cash and has an MCTS M•CARD, they can ask the bus driver to place a transfer on the MCTS M•CARD at the time of paying their cash fare.

 

AMR has one free M•CARD for each team racing.  Teams are responsible to load their own value on the card, before the race starts or during.

CASH - You can still pay cash to ride the bus.  Be sure to have $2.25 exact change per person, and ask for your transfers.  Transfers are good for 90 minutes from when you get on the bus.

AMR has copies of the MCTS 2015 Transit Guide for every team.

 

APPS – Transit, MCTS Tracker, Google Maps.  Check out these apps to help you on the race.

CLUE MANIFESTS - We are using a new clue format for this year’s race! Teams will receive a laminated clue “manifest” with the number of clue tasks printed on the side. (No more clue holders and bazillion pieces of paper!) [Same clue format we have used on the Amazing Milwaukee Race on Bikes 2 & 3] Teams are encouraged to bring a lanyard. You do not want to lose your clue manifest.

CAMERA and PHONES - You will need a camera to complete a puzzle for the race. Make sure your batteries are fully charged. If you are using smartphones to take pictures we recommend: •One teammate takes all the pictures, and the •Other teammate can use their phone for the internet and mapping. We would hate to see someone’s phone die while completing their clue task.

CHECKLIST •Teammate (rather essential) •$ for Parking •Cash ($10 per team) •M Cards/ Cash for Bus Fare ($2.25/ person) •CAMERA •Costume Pieces (Optional) •Raingear/ Snowshoes/ Weather Clothes •Backpack/ Bag •WATER/ Water Bottle •SNACKS •PENS/ PENCILS/ Notebook •Money for dinner and drinks •Positive attitude and a sense of humor!

FINISH LINE – The Ale Asylum Riverhouse is a full service restaurant with a great pub food menu and an extensive list of beers and drinks.  Consider sticking around to celebrate and share stories of your Amazing Milwaukee Race Day.

LAST WORDS - In the words of Phil Keoghan (host, The Amazing Race on CBS), “I’m sorry to inform you” that this will be the last Amazing Milwaukee Race. We have loved every minute of putting together 9 Amazing Milwaukee Races, and the incredible people we have met as participants, volunteers, and businesses along the way. We are thrilled that we have exposed over 1,300 people to over 200 purely local businesses, and engaged with fascinating Milwaukee landmarks. We have been able to leave a permanent positive impact on neighborhoods with the Trowbridge Elementary School mural, the Kilbourntown historical marker, food drives, donations to local fundraisers, and this year’s community giveback. AMR headquarters (Lizzy and I) have been given an incredible career opportunity, and will be changing zip codes. We encourage everyone to savor all the flavors of the race, and help us celebrate 6 amazing years of being a vibrant part of the Milwaukee community. -Here we go!

 

Requirements to participate in the race:

All participants must be over 21, have a camera, and have a fun attitude.

The race starts at 11:00 AM, and shuts down after 5:00.  A team’s end time will be recorded when both members have crossed the finish line.  Determination of arrival order is at the sole discretion of the race organizers and staff.

The racecourse is designed around traveling by foot and bus to several areas of Milwaukee.  The course is predetermined, but not designated for the racers. Each clue will tell you the next part(s) of the course.

Transportation

Teams may travel on foot, or public transit to get from one clue location to the next, unless otherwise specified.

Teams may not use any form of private transportation or accept any rides, unless otherwise stated during the race. This includes taxis, private cars, motorcycles, hovercrafts, ferries, in-line skates, escorts, time machines, pedi-cabs, bicycles, helicopters, horses, donkeys, great danes, or any other form of private transportation.

Conduct

During the race every team MUST:

Ø Obey all local laws, regulations, and traffic laws. Participants are solely responsible for their actions and the consequences of those actions during The Amazing Milwaukee Race.

Ø Comply with the directions of The Amazing Milwaukee Race organizers, local authorities and property and/or venue owners and managers.

Competing safely is our number one concern. Watch for all oncoming traffic. Obey all traffic laws.

During the race teams MAY NOT:

Ø Interfere with other teams or block their progress.

Ø Engage in unsportsmanlike or illegal conduct, including but not limited to verbal or physical aggression towards the public, local officials, other participants, or The Amazing Milwaukee Race staff, or acts of vandalism, theft, or harassment.

The Amazing Milwaukee Race organizers reserve the right to disqualify any participant or team for any reason at any time. All rulings of the race organizers will be final.

All participants are required to sign a video and photo release.

Clues

•Teams members must travel together and both must be present to receive a clue.

Clues are obtained in the order the course dictates. Teams will have no idea where they will be asked to go or what they will have to do until they receive their next clue. Teams do not have the option to skip a clue. Keep your clues - All clues need to be turned in to win the race.

Camera – Teams need a working camera (cell phones are fine) for a few of the clue tasks.

Clues will take on different forms- some will be direct, and others will be indirect; some clues will be physical, and some will be mental.   Please see our Sample Clues page.

As previously stated: “The Amazing Milwaukee Race creates an ‘Amazing Race’ experience.” We do our best to provide an experience inspired by the TV show, including:

Route Info: Tells you where to go, sometimes tells you how to get there.

Roadblock: Only one team member is allowed to complete the task.

Detour: A choice of two or more tasks.

Intersection: A task that must be completed with another team.

Fast Forward: A unique task that may give an advantage to be used later in the race.

Scatter: Several linked locations meant to spread teams over an area.

Bunching: A locale or situation that is meant to slow first arriving teams to give remaining teams a chance to catch up.

There may be some frustrating elements along the course- all meant in the best of fun. Just like the TV show, the race is controlled chaos.

Time Penalty: Teams missing any clues will be given a 30-minute time penalty per clue.

Teams will need to check in at various checkpoints. If more than one team is present at a clue site at the same time, the teams will complete the activity in the order in which they arrived. The Amazing Milwaukee Race organizers reserve the right to delay any team until the previous team has completed the activity before allowing the next team to begin.

The Amazing Milwaukee Race Rules:

•Violation of any of these rules, in the sole judgment of the organizer, will result in disqualification- no refunds.

•I am 21 years of age or older.

•I understand & will abide by the rule that all teams are two-person teams that must ride & complete clue tasks together.

•I understand that entering The Amazing Milwaukee Race is a potentially hazardous activity, I agree not to participate unless I am medically able.

•I agree to abide by any decision of a race official relative to my ability to safely complete the race.

•I agree to obey all traffic, civil and criminal laws at all times. I understand no roads are closed for The Amazing Milwaukee Race and I agree to follow all traffic and pedestrian laws at all times.

•I understand and will abide by the rule that no wheeled baby conveyances, or pets are permitted in the race.

•I understand that all entries are final with no refunds.

•I understand that the official race director reserves the right in any event of emergency or local or national disaster to cancel the race or to change the day and/or time to a later day and that in the event of cancellation or change there is no refund of entry fees.

•I understand that participants are expected to exhibit appropriate behavior at all times, including obeying all laws. This includes respect for all people, equipment, and facilities, and cooperative, positive participation. Adam Baus Productions may dismiss anyone whose behavior endangers safety or negatively endangers safety or negatively affects a race, a person, a facility, or property of any type or kind.

•I do hereby fully release and forever discharge Adam Baus Productions, race volunteers and staff, from any and all claims for injuries, damages or loss, including death, that I may have or which I may accrue to me and arising out of, connected with, or in any way associated with these programs/activities, including those arising from negligence of Adam Baus Productions, race volunteers and staff. I further agree to hold harmless any and all businesses associated with the race and/or on the race route.

• Your registration indicates your consent to abide by all rules and directions from Adam Baus Productions.


What is the purpose of the race? •The purpose of the race is to have an amazing Milwaukee experience, solve all the clues, be the first to cross the finish line, have a city adventure with your partner and have fun!

Will I need to pay for things on the race? YES.  Many items and activities on the course will need to be paid for out of pocket by the team members. ~$15-$20.

What you need:

•Cellphone

•Water Bottles – Water will be available at clue stops – but no cups.

•Bike Repair – we will have ride support, it may take awhile to reach you.

•Dry clothes – you might want to change at the after-party. (It will probably rain!)

•Optional: additional water bottles, Video Camera, Snacks, Backpack, GPS, Maps, Guidebooks, Laptop, Pen and paper.

What should I wear? Dress for the elements. The race will take place rain or shine.  •Costumes - Teammates are encouraged to match.  Dress for fun, teams can wear their AMR T-shirts.

I’m out of shape. Can I do this? The race has been designed so that all teams can complete the course;  Consult a physician and use your best judgement.

What if I can’t find a clue?

Do not neglect the resources in front of you.  Talk to locals, use a phone, find the internet, and work with other teams to beat the race.  If you can't find a clue, keep looking, ask for help, and look for other teams moving towards a clue location. The clues are designed to be solved by every team.  Some teams will find certain clues more challenging than others.

I'm registered, but I/my teammate got injured/can't make it. You have the option to transfer your registration to a different person. To switch your registration please e-mail your name, as well as the name of the teammate(s) being replaced, and the new teammate's name and email address.

Do I have to know my city like a tour guide, or what? It helps.  Think on your feet and you’ll have a shot to win no matter what.

Will I have to eat things? Perhaps- nothing we feel you shouldn’t be glad to consume at that point on the race.  We have taken into account dietary needs; No force-fed vegetarians or death by peanuts here.

Can my cousin / co-worker / grandma be my teammate? Yes.  Anyone over the age of 21 is eligible to run the race.

What if it rains? It will.  It adds to the adventure.