Friday August 18, 2017

Downtown Dayton, Ohio


The Great Dayton Adventure Race is sponsored by:


2 hours of urban trekking on foot only

About the race

Topo Adventure Sports and the Downtown Dayton Partnership is teaming up again to bring another Urban Adventure to Dayton, "The Outdoor Capital of the Midwest!"

This race is a fast-paced scavenger hunt in and around downtown Dayton, starting and ending just East of the Trolley Stop (530 E. Fifth St.) in the Oregon District. You'll experience the city in a whole new way as you weave through downtown. The race will take you to all corners of the downtown area, and you are sure to discover new things about our city! Team up with friends or tackle the challenge solo then check out all downtown Dayton has to offer.

Racers will navigate the city with a map, answering the questions and performing tasks on the clue sheet in this action-packed adventure.


Competitive Teams of 1 to 4 people. 

Cost: $15 for solo, or $30 for a team

Non-Competitive (Just for Fun) Teams of 1 to 4 people.

Cost: $10 for solo, or $20 for a team 

You can register online via Paypal by clicking the registration button above. We will also accept day of registration (cash only).


Competitive Division

1st place: $250

2nd place: $150

3rd place: $100

Non-Competitive Division

Door prizes will be given away at random from all participants that finish the race and turn in their clue sheet by 9pm.


Race Start

Friday, August 18, 2017

5:00pm to 7:00pm  (teams can start at anytime they want in the 2 hour window). 

Registration/Start just East of the Trolley Stop (530 E. Fifth St.) in the Oregon District.

Race Cutoff

Competitive: 2 hours after your team starts

Non Competitive: You simply need to be finished by 9:00pm to be eligible for door prizes

Post race

Join us at the registration table at 9:15pm for a post race gathering. The first, second and third place teams in the competitive division will win cash prizes.  Door prizes will be given away to participants in the non-competitive division, drawn at random. Stay and enjoy the live entertainment, or check out any of the many happenings going on throughout downtown Dayton.

Please note: racers must follow all pedestrian laws applicable to foot-based travel in an urban environment.

For additional FAQ's about the race, click here

Additional Information

At race check-in, waivers will be signed and your team will be provided with the basic information you will need to begin your race.
Each participant/team will be provided with a map of downtown Dayton and one clue sheet.  For the competitive division, your 2 hour clock will begin when you receive your map.  Teams will solve as many clues and perform as many race tasks as they can in a 2 hour timeframe. Penalties assessed if teams are out longer than 2 hours.

The clue sheet will be scored first by number of correct answers and completed tasks, then by time. The winners will be the team that correctly answers the most clues in the shortest time.

Race Rules

1. You may start the race any time between 5:00pm and 7:00pm.  You have 2 hours to complete the race.  For competitive division, a penalty of 3 minutes will be added to your time for every minute you are past 2 hours.

2. Your 2 hour time will begin when you receive your map and clue sheet

3. Scoring will be based first on the number of clues correctly answered, then by time

4. The clues/tasks may be answered/performed in any order

5. For the Competitive Division the entire race must be completed on foot; no bikes or motorized vehicles permitted. Any competitive racers observed using any means of travel besides on foot will have their team immediately disqualified.

Non-Competitive racers may use bikes or other forms of non-motorized vehicles if they wish.

6. Teams must stay together as a group; splitting up to divide and conquer is not permitted.

We will have several course marshals out on the course. When asked, all members of the team will need to check in with the marshal. Failure to do so will result in immediate disqualification

7. Obey all street and traffic laws

8. Upon completion of the race, return to the registration desk to have your end time recorded by a staff member

Any additional information regarding the race will be posted on this website as the race date gets closer.

Please contact us with any questions you may have.