This is a race in the spirit of one of Aesop’s classic fables. In this event two stuffed animals, one a hare and the other a tortoise, were dropped off in Phoenix, AZ with the mission to get back to Western New York State as quickly as possible. While this is a race it is designed to get kids involved and offers an award to those children who have helped the winning toy.
Cachers are urged to help as much as they can by moving these rival contestants from cache to cache and state to state northeastward toward Rochester, NY where they have many geocacher friends who can get them to the finish line at Gibsonville in Letchworth State Park.
Rule 1 Rules of travel – Neither racer is to cross more than one state line before finding rest at another cache site. This is sort of a “Touch all the bases” rule and restricts the possibility of long distance mailing or air flights. After finding a racer in one state, he must be placed in a cache of that state or in a cache of one of its neighboring states. If this rule is violated (intentional or not) the racer must return to the last valid state prior to the skip or to one of its neighbor states
Rule 2 Finding a racer – The good news is that these racers are not necessarily swap out items. They have nothing to give you and certainly do not want to be a burden to you. So, if you can give them a ride East, North or anywhere they are more likely to win this race, just take them. To swap out would still be a nice gesture. If you spot one of these racers coming your way do your best to help them out. Take the children to find them.
Rule 3 Taking a racer – Everyone helping a racer is to provide updates here at the “Navicache.com” website. After some time, there may be many children watching this race and hopefully other cachers will not let them down.
Rule 4 A child’s involvement – On the travel record attached to the racer is where the name and age of children between the ages of 4 and 12 will be entered. Only the children listed on the record that gets to the finish line first will be eligible for awards. Only one name per cache per household is allowed. Any child may share, with brothers, sisters or friends any award that they may receive.
Rule 5 Time to enjoy – After entering a name, the child can use a week to take the racer to school or scout meeting and share the experience with friends. To keep the race fair and to give the child time for show & tell, anyone who enters a child’s name on the report must hold the racer for a minimum of one week before placing it into another cache. NOTE – any pictures, reports describing scout or school involvement, or tales of other related events can be mailed or e-mailed to one of the addresses given at the bottom of the page. Such reports showing up at the forum are always welcome.
Rule 6 The Finish Line – At this time the finish line is the “Gibsonville Doublet” cache box located at N 42° 42.095’ W 077° 56.355’. Notify the race commissioner before heading for the finish line with a racer. There may be a need to revise the exact coordinates or to use an alternate cache site. Any questions or comments can be channeled through the race commissioner via his addresses listed below.
Race Commissioner: Roger Safford (AKA Road Kill), 15 Safford Ave., Perry, NY 14530.
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(Edited by Road Kill at 7:56 pm on Oct. 16, 2001)