Individuals, families, and businesses with an adventurous spirit, including this editor and the Daily Guide's advertising sales manager, Shannon Reed will be competing in the Waynesville-St. Robert Route 66 Challenge October 29. There is still space available for teams interested in competing in this unique, scavenger hunt style road rally. Don't mistake the Challenge for a race, it's all about earning points and using strategy.

Individuals, families, and businesses with an adventurous spirit, including this editor and the Daily Guide's advertising sales manager, Shannon Reed will be competing in the Waynesville-St. Robert Route 66 Challenge October 29.

There is still space available for teams interested in competing in this unique, scavenger hunt style road rally. Don't mistake the Challenge for a race, it's all about earning points and using strategy.

 

How does it work?

Competitors will be given packets, or Adventure Envelopes, on Challenge Day at registration containing eight "adventures" and options for "detours." Teams earn points by successfully solving trivia questions and completing the tasks in their Adventure Envelopes.

Teams must complete all eight adventures in order to finish the Challenge. Detours are not required, but some of them are worth points, while others are not. Strategizing, for teams, about detours and other things will play a big part in how many points a team accumulates. The Chamber says the game is all about strategy.

In order to participate, teams will need to have either a smart phone or a digital camera and internet enabled device. Additionally, all drivers will be required to show a valid driver's license, proof of insurance and vehicle registration to participate.

The team with the most points at the finish line will win the game and receive $150.00 cash, a memento, keep their car flag, discounted entry fee for next year, as well as a $150 check that will be awarded to the charity of their choice.

The Daily Guide has chosen Good Samaritan of the Ozarks as its charity of choice and will be donating any winnings to that organization.

There will also be prizes for Best Team Theme and the team with the most posts on social media. Lunch will be provided for all paid team members with an awards ceremony following the meal at 1:30 p.m.

 

How do I enter?

Participants can register for the Challenge three ways. For those who would like to do it online, you may visit www.route66challenge.com.

If you're an in person kind of individual, you can stop by the chamber office at 137 St. Robert Blvd. The chamber office is in the lower half of the Pulaski County Tourism Bureau Building. To reach it, park in the rear of the building that faces the hotel.

Finally, entrants can register the day of the race. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and the event starts at 8 a.m. and will begin at Old Towne Antiques near Doolittle and will end at the ARK Community and Sports Center near Buckhorn.

The cost is $45 per team of two and $5 for each additional team member six-years-old or older. There are a limited number of teams allowed to compete so the Chamber is encouraging teams to register early instead of waiting until Challenge day, in order to guarantee a spot in the Challenge.

 

The Daily Guide Newshounds

The Daily Guide has registered to participate in this event and our theme is the Newshounds. Shannon and I will be driving the Newshound Van and hope to win for our charity. If you'd like to follow us during the race, watch the Daily Guide's Facebook and Twitter feeds to see "adventures" and "detours" as well as whatever shenanigans we get up to.

We're planning to provide Facebook Live video when signals allow us to and invite our followers to watch so they can offer advice, encouragement, and take part with us.