Geocache race in Vail this weekend
Vail, CO Colorado
VAIL, Colorado ” The GeoCache Dash scavenger hunt is set for Friday and Saturday in Vail, Colorado.
Participants in the event will use GPS technology to search out random objects via coordinates and GPS units to win prizes and support a Denver-based nonprofit.
The scavenger hunt requires teams to search out secret caches located throughout the town of Vail. Five of the 30 cachesl will have prizes located inside, and teams who find the most caches in the least amount of time will also win overall prizes from Kuhl Clothing, Montrail, Crocs, Mountain Khakis, MountainSmith and Rudy Project.
The event is based on the sport of geocaching, which operates worldwide through a network of participants who both hide and find caches. Using latitude and longitude, GPS units and basic clues, geocaching is growing because of its simplicity, basic appeal and access to the technology.
The event, starting 10 a.m. Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday at the Ski Museum in Vail, is raising money for Denver-based nonprofit Judi’s House, which serves youth who have lost a sibling or parent and are dealing with grief. One program of Judi’s House, called Heroic Journeys, takes these teens onto a special Outward Bound Program as a large group.
The Vail Geocache Dash is supported by the Town of Vail Commission on Special Events and is hoping to draw participants from both the Vail Valley as well as the Front Range. The $25 registration fee pays for the event and a $25 donation goes to Judi’s House to support their programs with teens. Participants receive a goodie bag and prizes if they come in the top three in each category. The event starts at the Vail Ski Museum at the Vail Village parking structure at 10 a.m. on each day.
Participants get a short training on using GPS units before they set off on the course. Teams will be scored on the caches they find, the time it takes them to complete their course and bonuses for finding the most challenging caches.