Nothing can stop this adventure train!
Like true Pacific Northwesterners, we race rain or shine.
Teams are never forced to do anything they don’t want to do, or can’t physically complete.
You can skip around to create your own unique Beyond the Backyard experience using the provided challenge list.
Be comfortable. Dress for the weather and for adventure. Wear supportive shoes.
Wild costumes and/or matching team outfits are encouraged and are guaranteed to improve team camaraderie.
And, don’t forget your mask!
Beyond the Backyard is a high-tech race. Teams are required to take pictures and/or video with a mobile device; potentially make phone calls or send text messages; and possibly utilize the internet to do research and/or send an email during the race. Make sure at least one team member has a fully-charged smart phone or device that can do all the above.
To communicate with race HQ, you will need to download the group texting app, Bonfyre.
It is strongly recommended that team members race with your devices’ power cords and/or back-up power sources. You also may want to get familiar with your camera’s timer function and/or dig out your long-abandoned selfie stick.
It is also recommended that you have a map of your area, a pen or pencil, and something to take notes on. A good understanding of the surrounding communities will give your team an advantage.
We advise carrying your ID just in case, though you will not need it for the event specifically.
You should also have some cash on you for any water or snacks you choose to buy along the way, or in case a challenge requires your team to purchase a small item.
Of course, we recommend sunscreen, water bottles and hand sanitizer.
Most importantly, bring a sense of adventure!
Yes – by you!
Because this is a “race where you stand” event, there aren’t be professional race photos. But you’ll be capturing lots of amazing moments of the race.
We’d love for you to share those images with us! You can find us on most social media platforms, tagging @tacomahabitat. We also encourage hashtags: #beyondthebackyard; #tacomahabitat; #raceforhomes; and #Habitatadventurerace.
Please note that upon registration you sign a waiver and release, providing Tacoma Habitat and our production partner Team Building Anywhere to use and reproduce your race photos and videos for promotional purposes.
As we’re not having a big send off from one spot nor are we having all teams cross a specific finish line, there really isn’t any place to send your people.
The nature of this event is that you race from where you are and that you’re mobile. Even having your own band of spectators trailing you could be challenging, potentially dangerous, and will likely slow you down.
We recommend posting your validation photos and videos to your own social platforms (hello, Instagram Stories!) and/or sharing them in a group text with your donors along the way.