Key Information

 

Start/Finish Location:

Saturday, June 29th

Colonel Summers Park near the Pavilion

Portland, OR

Packet pick-up:  10am - 10:45am

Race time: 11am - 3pm

General Veg Quest Rules

If more than one team is present at a challenge location at the same time, the teams will complete the challenge in the order in which they arrived. During the race teams MAY NOT engage in unsportsmanlike or illegal conduct. Verbal or physical aggression towards the public, local officials, other participants or Veg Quest organizers, acts of vandalism, theft or harassment may result in disqualification from the race, at the discretion of the Veg Quest organizers.

 

Veg Quest organizers reserve the right to disqualify any participant or team for any reason at any time upon their discretion. In the event of physical injury, sickness, accident or any other incident which may bring into question an individual's ability to safely complete the race, Veg Quest organizers may disqualify the team. No registration refunds will be given for any reason.

 

During the race every team MUST:

 

Veg Quest will happen in rain or shine!

FAQ’s

The What’s

What is Veg Quest? Veg Quest is a wild urban vegan adventure. Teams solve clues and complete exciting mental and physical challenges while discovering the city in a fresh way!

What is the refund policy?

Unfortunately, we do not offer refunds for any reason. You may pass your entry onto someone else. Just make sure we have your replacements name, or they tell us when they check in.

What if I can't figure out a clue?

You can ask people on the street for help. Call your friends or family for advice. Just don't give up. Remember, each team will be required to complete the core clues.

What if I am on the quickest team and am the best dressed (in my opinion)?

You are awesome! But please keep in mind that teams and individuals are only able to win one prize so that others have a fair opportunity to win something.

What are the prizes?

Within each category, the winning team will have the choice of a prize pack that would include things such as gift certificates, products and other goodies.

What time should I arrive?

You should plan on arriving 15-30 minutes prior to the start of the race (10:15 or 10:30). If you are registering the day of you need to be at the start no later than 10:15am.

What should I bring?

Required:

 

Optional:

What if I can't find a checkpoint?

Don't give up!  Keep looking, ask for help and get creative! Phone a friend or ask a stranger. If you absolutely cannot find a checkpoint then take your best guess.  

What if it rains?

Wear a jacket. The checkpoints won’t melt.

 

What happens if I accidentally miss or go to the wrong checkpoint?

Try to catch this before you check back into the finish otherwise, unfortunately, you will be disqualified from winning prizes.

What if I get hungry?

We encourage you to bring snacks and water, or money to buy something from some of the checkpoints. There may be some food eating challenges, though not full meals by any means, so keep that in mind as well. Finally, there will be some light snacks at the beginning and end of the race

What types of clues will I be completing?

You will be presented with a variety of challenging and unique tasks! Below are basic descriptions of clues you may encounter.

Physical Challenges:   Feed your teammate some tasty food, do something daring, or compete in a game.  

Puzzles:   Think anagrams, word searches, cryptograms and crosswords.

Brain Teasers:  Riddles or tests to tease your brain.

Challenges: Interaction with the general public.

The Where’s

Where is Veg Quest based?

Portland, Oregon

Where do we meet?

Colonel Summers Park near the pavilion, SE 17th and SE Taylor

The When’s

When do we get our clues?

All the teams will get their first clue at the same time immediately following the announcements at 10:45 am.

 

When do we get prizes?

There will only be 3 prizes given for the fastest walking team, the fastest biking team, and the best dressed individual. Teams who finish early must be present at the finale, during the announcement of winners, to take a prize pack home.

The Will’s

Will maps be provided?

No. It is up to each team to provide their own city or public transportation maps.

Besides walking or biking, will this require intense physical activity like climbing walls?

No but remember this event is slated to last 4 hours and will require some forms of exercise- walking/ biking etc.- although none of the exercises required will be strenuous. Veg Quest is not a test of strength, but rather, a test of wits and endurance. This challenge is crafted so that brains are just as advantageous as brawn. Feel free to walk or run the hunt, as long as you have fun and make it back to base.

Will I have to wear matching or coordinated costumes/uniforms?

No, but matching t-shirts/ costumes are STRONGLY encouraged

Will I have to know the city like a tour guide? 

Nope, but it helps if you are somewhat familiar with the quadrants and general N, S, W, E direction. Think on your feet, be ready for anything and you'll have a shot to win. Remember to ask people on the street for help as well!

Will I have to sign a waiver to compete in the race?

Yup. No suing allowed. You will be required to sign one before being able to compete in the race. You can also print out the waiver to sign and initial to bring to the race.

 

Will I have to eat things?

Possibly, but you won't have to eat large quantities of food or gross food. Think slices of pizza, cupcakes or the like. Food allergies are understandable and will be taken into consideration. Be sensible and remember your own food allergies. No one will be forced to eat anything, but someone on the team will have to complete the task for it to be considered complete.

Will I need to visit the checkpoints in order?

No. In fact, you are encouraged to visit checkpoints on the most efficient route possible. We are unlikely to provide the clues to you in the most expeditious order.

The How’s

How much does it cost?

We offer registration at only $10 per person. The day of, registration will be $15 per person and will be CASH ONLY.

How long does it take?

We anticipate Veg Quest taking up to 4 hours. Veg Quest will end at the 4 hour mark (3pm) whether or not all teams have checked back in. At this point, get ready to relax and celebrate a bit.

How many people on a team?

You may have up to 4 on a team. All members must pay registration- remember this is a fundraiser!

How do the clues and challenges work?

Each team will be given an envelope that contains clues ranging in difficulty. The clue, when solved, will lead to a checkpoint on the race.  

How do I get my packet for the race?

Packet pick-up will occur at registration. You must pick-up your materials prior to the start of the race.

How do I know what my time is?

A team's time will be recorded when all teammates have crossed the finish line.

We will announce the top 3 teams by: time (bike team and foot team) and the team with the best costume. Winning teams in each category will be announced and posted on our website the day after the race. The finale will take place at 3:15 and the top team in each category will take home prizes.

How old do I need to be to participate?

Challengers must be 18 years of age or older unless a parent or guardian accompanies the participant to registration to sign the release. Bring ID. Families are welcome and may be be eligible for a varied route.

How do you catch cheaters?

We’ll have our eye on you. Teams are also encouraged to snap a photo if they catch another team being naughty.

The Why’s

Why can't I take a taxi or drive my car?

We want all of our participants to be on the same playing field, thus no cabs, cars etc. Tri-Met, bikes and piggyback rides are encouraged.

The Can’s

Can I register by myself?

Yes. Try and find teammates on our facebook and meetup pages, otherwise we will put together a team for you  at registration.

 

Can I just show up or do I have to register?

You can register on the day of the race- please arrive by 10:15 am to do so.  You are encouraged to register ahead of time on our website at http://tryveganpdx.com and you will save money if you do so.

Can I bring my kids?

VQ is geared toward competitive adult participation but you are more than welcome to attempt the race with kids in tow.

Can information be exchanged between teams?

Sure thing. Keep in mind that it’s not against the rules to lie to each other either. Go ahead and play dirty if it suits you, just don’t cheat!

Can I do this?

Teams can go at their own pace and should be able to complete the course. This is meant to be educational and fun! That said, if your team is trying to win you can expect to finish ready for lots of water and a nap!

My company would love to sponsor the event. What do we do?

E-mail us at info@tryveganodx.com

 

I can't participate, but I'd like to volunteer. What can I do?

Thank you!  We'd love for you to join us. Email us at info@tryveganpdx.com.

I have another question. How do I find the answer?

info@tryveganpdx.com

I registered online.  Now what?

You should receive a confirmation e-mail immediately from the registration site.  You'll also receive one more e-mail prior to the race.  You will not receive anything in the mail.  Your packet will be available at packet pick-up the morning of the race. Everyone will receive their clues by 10:45 am the day of the race immediately following the rules and announcements.

Community and Local Businesses

This event is unique to Portland and organized to promote a connection with our community and the local businesses that serve it. Toward that goal, VegQuest is sponsored entirely by Portland’s own local vegan businesses and Try Vegan PDX. Please support the businesses you visit today, in the future.

 

Health

While we admit that the view of the city from the Marquam bridge is breathtaking, too many Portlanders only navigate the streets via car. VQ is an exciting opportunity to connect with the Portland pavement in a healthful and environmentally friendly way.  

 

Public Transportation

When feet fail, TriMet is there for Portland. Public transportation is an important component of our race, as participants cannot simply rely on their own means, but must patronize a valuable community resource as well. This option is only for walking teams.