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We are super happy that the cell phone scoring system worked without a hitch, and results were produced within about two minutes of the last 3-hour-division team crossing the finish line; awards followed within about two more minutes. Thank you to all who texted—it helps with timely results and awards, and makes the event a more enjoyable experience for all.

Discover a new neighborhood... or one you thought you knew well!!

Street Scramble participants start the race in 2011Santa Cruz Street Scramble
Urban Adventure Hunt

Explore the streets of Santa Cruz, as well as parts of Capitola, Live Oak, Soquel, and UCSC!

Forty-five locations are circled on a map. On foot or bike, how many can you visit in 90 minutes? in 3 hours? or in 7 hours?? Score points by visiting checkpoints in any order, and answer a simple question to prove you were there. Those who score the most are the winners! Be competitive or casual; go team or solo. Fun for families, runners, cyclists, and anyone who likes to explore!! Awards and refreshments at the finish.

I'm learning!Location and Schedule

On Saturday, 19 May 2012, three event durations will be offered: 7 hours, 3 hours, and 90 minutes. You can do either on foot or on bike. The headquarters will be at Louden Nelson Community Center.

This will be the second annual Santa Cruz Street Scramble. Check out the description and our calendar of Street Scramble events!

This event is the fifth in the 2011/2012 Urban Adventure Hunt series, and your last chance to collect points and win a trip to the series Final, the San Francisco Night & Day Challenge.

Event schedule:

09:30  Registration and check-in
       open, Louden Nelson Center
10:00  Maps are available for
       route planning
10:40  Briefing and instructions
11:00  Start, all divisions,
       foot and bike
12:30  Finish, 90 minute division
13:00  Light lunch service starts
14:00  Finish, 3 hour division
14:15  Awards, 90 minute and
       3 hour divisions
18:00  Finish, 7 hour division
18:15  Awards, 7 hour division
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Transit directions: VTA Highway 17 bus or Greyhound to Santa Cruz. Louden Nelson Community Center is a 4 minute walk from the Metro transit center on Pacific Avenue.

You will score checkpoint visits by texting us the answer to the question on your scorecard. Checkpoint visits will be instantly tabulated, and scores available upon the teams' return. If you'd rather not use the cellphone for any reason, you can instead circle answers on the paper scorecard. More details are here...

This is the map that was used for last year's Santa Cruz Street Scramble:

Santa Cruz Street Scramble 2011 map

Our Sponsors!!

This event has been made possible by the following businesses and organizations. We are delighted to offer a sampling of their products as prizes for this event. Please patronize their offerings and services, and contribute to their programs:

The mission of Road ID is twofold: One, to educate outdoor enthusiasts about the importance of wearing ID. Two, to provide these athletes with innovative identification products that they will want to include as part of their gear. The dream of Road ID is to see the day where wearing ID is as common among athletes as wearing a seatbelt is among motorists.

Road ID

o21e makes a line of clothing for the map sport in Los Angeles, California.

Scarborough Orienteering, aka, is a leading vendor of equipment. They carry compasses, SPORTident cards, Inov-8™ shoes, and other gear and produce their own line of o21e suits, club uniforms, and gaiters. also offers map and compass instruction and group outings, including orienteering and team-building training, as corporate offsites.

The best deal on SPORTident equipment!

Seattle's Meridian Geographics is an active outdoor lifestyle company. It produces the Street Scramble, Northwest Trail Runs, and BEAST Adventure Race series. Its showcase events are the annual Seattle and San Francisco Night and Day challenges, and the Three15er and Big Tahoma rogaines.


The Street Scramble Experience

Street Scramble races can be enjoyed by anyone who (a) can travel under their own power for 90 minutes—walking, running, biking, or moving in a wheelchair; (b) can follow a street map; and (c) likes to explore.

(Strollers and power wheelchairs are OK for those who need them. If you can't read a map, you can be on a team with someone who can.)

When you arrive at a Street Scramble event, you will check in (some events don't sell out and allow onsite registration). Then, a half hour before the start time, you will receive a map with thirty-one checkpoint locations circled. Each circle has a number between 10 and 99. The point value of the checkpoint is equal to its number rounded down to the tens; for example, Checkpoint 35 is worth 30 points; Checkpoint 12 is worth 10 points. You will also receive a scorecard with a description of a feature to be found at each checkpoint, such as "Statue of woman" or "Public pier".

You (together with your team, if you have a team) will then plan which checkpoints you will try to visit, and in what order. You can visit as many or as few checkpoints as you want, and in any order. Your team will need to stay together at all times. You can change your plan as you go along, but it's very helpful to at least start with some kind of plan.

A few minutes before the start there will be a pre-Scramble-race briefing, at which the event director will review rules and safety. There will be a countdown to the start, after which you will head out to visit checkpoints. Again, your team must stay together at all times. Checkpoints are found at the precise centers of the circles on the map. When you arrive at a checkpoint location, look for the feature described on the scorecard.

At most locations, you will need to answer a simple multiple-choice question, found on your scorecard, to prove you were there. Example:

35   Statue of woman: What is the last word on the plaque next to the statue?
(a) Arts   (b) Commission   (c) Space

If you are not using the electronic scoring system, circle the correct answer on the scorecard and proceed to another checkpoint. Also write down the time of your checkpoint visit.

As an option, we will offer two electronic ways to record your checkpoint visits. One option will only be available at select checkpoints that are at locations of participating businesses, and only to those entrants who have a smartphone capable of recognizing QR codes, and the necessary phone app. Simply snap a picture of the code and get on your way!
If you don't have the hardware or the app, just answer the multiple-choice question.

The other electronic option is available at all checkpoints, and involves sending us, the organizers, a text message with your answer to the question on the scorecard. For example, suppose you are Team 191 and the correct answer to the question at Checkpoint 35 is (a), "Arts". You will send, to the phone number we provide at registration, a message with the text

I think it's here.
35 A

and you will get back a confirmation message that says

Team 191 Checkpoint 35 Answer A at 10:31:23.

To participate in the 90 minute division, you must return to the event center within 90 minutes. To participate in the 3 hour division, return within 3 hours; and within 7 hours, for the 7 hour option. You can decide which option you want while you're out there, with one exception: you cannot upgrade to the 7 hour option from a shorter course. Returning on time requires planning!

The map is usually an improved USGS topographic map; we also use information from other sources. The map will have only a few street names on it, so it will be important for you to keep track of where you are on the map.

It is perfectly fine to utilize other maps you may bring, or to look at a map on your smartphone. You can also use the phone's GPS; any GPS units, altimeters, and pedometers are all fair game—but please don't get so distracted by the gadgets as to lose track of vehicle traffic!

When you return, you will turn in your scorecard; if you used electronic scoring, your score will be ready and waiting for you. (In case your phone turns out to be less sweat-resistant than you thought, we can handle answers that are partially submitted electronically and partially handwritten.) It is important to be on time because you will lose points for each minute you are late. We will keep your scorecard, but you get to take your map home with you. If your answers are handwritten, we will tally your score while you enjoy refreshments, included in your entry fee. After refreshments, awards will be given out for those with the highest scores in different divisions and categories.

As a minimum, we will award the best men, women, and mixed teams in the following categories: Juniors (each team member must be 20 years of age or younger on 01 January 2012), Masters (40 or older on 31 December 2012), and Open. Awards will also be given to the best family teams; a family team is one that has anyone 20 years of age or younger, and also someone 21 years of age or older.

If you have further questions, you may be able to find answers to them on the Equipment and Detailed Rules pages.

Entry and Registration

Street Scramble shirt designThe first 50 teams to enter get technical-fabric T shirts with the Street Scramble design. That's right, a complimentary shirt for each and every team member! Please select the shirt size during the registration process. These shirts can be obtained at the event only if we do not sell out, or if there are cancellations. If you would rather not have another shirt—even as cool as this—we offer a discount.

The design shown is for the 2011 event. The design for the 2012 event will be very different!

Pre-registration is open. Team members may enter together (be entered by the same person), or separately. If you would like to go with a team, but don't know your teammates' names yet, you can enter yourself and other members can join the team at a later time.

As with all events by Get Lost!!, fees for teams, including families, are capped. Three, four, or five people enter at the team price; each team member gets a map. The fees are:
90 minute event Individual Team        Cal-ARA Team
Enter and pay on or before Monday 30 April $34.00 $64.00 $57.60
Enter and pay on or before Tuesday 15 May $44.00 $84.00 $75.60
Enter and pay on or after Wednesday 16 May $54.00 $104.00 $93.60
3 hour event Individual Team        Cal-ARA Team
Enter and pay on or before Monday 30 April $34.00 $64.00 $57.60
Enter and pay on or before Tuesday 15 May $44.00 $84.00 $75.60
Enter and pay on or after Wednesday 16 May $54.00 $104.00 $93.60
7 hour event Individual Team        Cal-ARA Team
Enter and pay on or before Monday 30 April $49.00 $94.00 $84.60
Enter and pay on or before Tuesday 15 May $59.00 $114.00 $102.60
Enter and pay on or after Wednesday 16 May $74.00 $144.00 $129.60

Fine print: Each team member of the first 50 teams that enter must be entered by the last entry deadline in order to be guaranteed a shirt in her/his size. Because of the lead time involved in printing the shirts, it is not possible for us to provide shirts to late-entering participants.

More fine print: Team member additions after the deadline increase the price, so as to account for the extra cost associated with providing supplies and insurance to the participants at the last moment. Team member substitutions are always free.


Please add $10.00 if you would like us to manually tally a handwritten score sheet for your team.


On top of these prices, we offer the following discounts:

Bay Area OC member registering her/himself $5.00
No shirt(s) $5.00 individual, $10.00 team
Family (at least one participant age 20 or under) $10.00 per team

The BAOC discount only applies to individuals, not teams. That is, a registration for two people who are both BAOC members will cost less than the team price. A three-person team is always best off taking the team deal.


  • California ARA team of 4, standard registration including shirts: $18.90 per person
  • BAOC member going solo, early registration, no shirt: $24.00
  • Family of 3, day-of-event registration, no shirts: $28.00 per person

These discounts are taken and combined automatically by the registration system. Make sure to indicate the team association, individual participant's club membership, and the correct (or at least approximately correct) ages for the team members.

We accept VISA, MasterCard, American Express, and DiscoverWe accept credit cards online through Google Checkout, and cash, checks, and credit cards on site.

Go register!!

Event-Day InformationIn Santa Cruz on 28 April 2012

1. Parking

Free permits are available to Community Center patrons for nearby parking posted with signs saying "LNCC Permit Valid". These permits are valid only during Center operating hours and when attending activities at Louden Nelson. Please inquire at the front desk.

2. Safety

Safety is our first priority. All cyclists must wear a helmet and stop at all stop signs and red lights. The busiest street in Santa Cruz is Mission Street, aka Highway 1. A portion of Highway 1 is a freeway and is out of bounds, and shown so. Places where you can cross it are highlighted with red arrows.

We strongly encourage you to wear a Street Scramble safety vest to enhance your visibility. You can borrow one from us at no charge.

A portion of Pogonip Park is known as Heroin Hill. Conditions may include syringes, hazardous chemicals, and armed men. Do not enter this area; the extent of it is shown on the map.

3. Urban Adventure Hunt series 2011/2012

This event is the sixth and last one in the series. Here is the complete announcement, but in brief, it works this way: Each Street Scramble event is worth a maximum of 1000 points, and Santa Cruz Street Scramble, with its 7-hour competition, is worth 1600 points. We will add together the points from the 2011 Mill Valley, 2011 Berkeley and Oakland Hills, 2012 Los Gatos, 2012 Mission, 2012 Millbrae, and 2012 Santa Cruz events. If your team participates in the 90-minute division, we will multiply its points by 1.5; if it is in the 7 hours, there is no penalty, enjoy all the extra points that a long run or ride in the city entails! In order for event scores to count for the series, your team should keep the same name, compete in the same age/gender category, and maintain at least one common member for the Street Scramble events it participates in.

Prizes: In each category (foot and bike; Open, Masters, and Juniors; Men, Women, and Mixed; and Family), there is a single first-place award to the best team, and it is a free entry to San Francisco Night & Day Challenge in 2012. A team has to participate in at least three Street Scramble events in order to be eligible for the award. But furthermore, we'll combine your points from the Street Scramble events and SFND, and a few very lucky—or fast—teams will win an expense-paid trip to the Seattle Night & Day, which occurs about a month after SFND!! We will showcase one or two categories for this award.

Although current leaders enjoy a strong advantage, upsets are still possible in a number of the categories. We will publish the final standings during the week that follows Santa Cruz Street Scramble.

4. Event rules

Each team must stay together throughout the event. It is not allowed to split up to cover more ground.

Travel under your own power only. It is not allowed to take Metro or cabs.

It is not allowed to look up answers to checkpoint questions without actually going to the checkpoint; in particular, you cannot use Street View, Panoramio, or the likes. Using Street View would be just like driving past everyone in a car at a running race! You can, however, use the map on your smartphone, and GPS. You are welcome to use any and all maps of the area you may bring.

Please stay off private property.

5. Bikes

All checkpoints except one are immediately reachable by bike. For the one, you will have to walk less than 100 meters. Cycling-legal routes between checkpoints may be considerably longer than those for runners and walkers. A mountain bike is strongly recommended at this event—there are some single-track trails.

6. Dogs, skateboards, and scooters

We regret it that dogs are not allowed on most trails or on USCS campus, which will put these areas out of reach for dog walkers. Skateboards and scooters are not allowed on sidewalks, but we believe it's legal to ride them on the streets.

An ultrarunner with a map

7. Map and course notes

The map for this event is at 1:25,000 scale. It is essentially the same map as last year. We have added more trails, made the buildings more legible, and emphasized some—but not all—hard-to-read streets (fainted USGS symbol). The map does not show most street names.

The course (planned by Vladimir with help from Lani) has 39 checkpoints worth 1600 total points. The optimum actual distance to travel on bike to collect all checkpoints is over 60 km (and most likely over 40 miles). It is possible to get to all checkpoints on bike under the 7-hour limit.

The late penalty is 10 points for each minute, or fraction thereof. Remember, you can switch from the 90-minute division to the 3-hour division at any time, even while you are on the course. Please check with us if you would like to switch to or from the 7-hour division.

In most places that the map shows green or white, it's safe to assume you (1) are legally allowed to pass, and (2) can physically get through. The exceptions are Neary Lagoon (legal but impassable), Pogonip Park (no off-trail travel), and several wooded areas between neighborhoods (passable but illegal). We showed the latter with crosses. In general it is fastest to stay on trails and streets; if in doubt whether a planned shortcut will work, ask us at the pre-start briefing.

The rule of thumb is that you can't pass through most blocks shown in purple and pink. Sometimes there are exceptions; we didn't show some large parking lots. Entrances and access points are shown with red arrows that point to where you can enter a block.

The train tracks are mostly inactive. Sometimes it makes sense to follow them, and you can ride along on a mountain bike. However, going along the tracks that pass by Heroin Hill exposes you to the dangers mentioned above.

We are using different symbols to show multipurpose trails, on which bikes are allowed, and foot-only trails. In the original USGS map symbols, roads bounded by dashed lines are firetrails; bikes are not allowed on these. Conversely, bikes are OK on all roads shown with solid lines, as well as on trails shown with the special symbol. One trail on campus is a bike-only trail (pedestrians are not allowed). Notes to this extent are posted at the two ends of this trail, but we didn't make a special symbol for it.

8. Cellphone scoring

Cellphone scoring will be offered for this event, and here's a short tutorial.

T commandOur receiving phone number is +1 503 567 8924. (It spells out LOST X24. Hope you aren't.)

Start with registering your team's cell phone number. You can send us answers from more than one cell phone. We don't pull the phone number information from your registration, so this step must be done for at least one phone. From this phone, send us a text message that says T followed by your team number. You will find out your team number at check-in, or if you would like to complete this step early, e-mail us and we'll let you know your team number. For example, if your team number is 142, text

T 142

You will receive a short confirmatory message. It may take a few seconds for the system to issue a confirmation to each of your commands and answers, sometimes up to about half a minute, more if your phone moves in and out of coverage.

Q commandAfter you have registered your team number, you're clear to head out on the course! One of the neat features is the ability to retrieve checkpoint questions and answer choices as you go. Just say Q? followed by the checkpoint number, like this:

Q? 42

Checkpoint answerAnd now to the most important part—sending us answers to checkpoint questions! Just send us the checkpoint number and the answer choice, in this order or answer first, with or without a space; the answer (as all commands) is case-insensitive. For each answer, you get a short confirmatory message.

Please take care in answering the questions. Sometimes, teams give a literal answer, for example if the answer choices are (A) 1; (B) 2; (C) 3, a team can text 2. This answer will not count as a wrong answer and the system will simply ask you to try again. Only the first valid answer choice counts. If you send in a wrong answer choice, for example if the correct answer is B and you say A, the mistake cannot be corrected.

S commandYou can find out how many checkpoints you have visited, and how many points they are worth, by texting S?. This score is not graded; that is, the points are calculated without take into account whether your answers are correct or not.

The full command set is

Q?  R?  S?  T/T?  U

We already went over most of those. The remaining commands are: R? tells you how long your team has been on the course; T? replies with your team number on record; and U is used to unsubsribe the phone number.

The system is currently on Eastern time. We may or may not be able to fix that before the event. Finally, if you encounter an error message, please let us know after the event.

Please do not send praise, comments, blame, bug reports, missing checkpoint notes, or status updates to this number—they are all quite welcome, but use +1 971 998 0321 instead. They will all be read and acted upon.

We will not be using QR codes at this event.

9. Pen-and-paper scoring

When you mark your answer, please also make sure to write down the time you visited each checkpoint. Doing this is not mandatory, but allows for some entertaining post-event route analysis. Your finish time will be taken when you hand in your score sheet.

10. Many thanks to...

... Alpha Phi Omega, UCSC Chapter, who will be helping us with this Street Scramble event!

Event staff:
Lani and Vladimir

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