Explore 200 square miles of the highlights of the expansive Silicon Valley by foot or bike with a dash of transit! With your included transit pass, you can "teleport" between groups of checkpoints on the map while your legs recoup. In teams of 1 to 5 people, you'll find up to 80 historic, scenic, and bizarre checkpoints ranging from high in the hills to the marshes by the bay. Choose your own adventure, and upon return to Sports Basement, enjoy refreshments and your 10% store discount.
Preregister for a discounted entry fee.
Duration: 6 hours, 12 hours, or 24 hours
Checkpoints: About 80 spread over about 200 square miles
Gender Divisions: Women, Men, Mixed
Age Divisions: Junior, Open, Masters (average age 40+), Family (juniors and adults)
Travel Divisions: Foot, Bike (and all participants are allowed to take public transit.)
Team Size: 1 to 5
Cities with checkpoints: San Jose, Sunnyvale, Los Gatos, Cupertino, Alviso, Santa Clara, Mountain View, Campbell, Saratoga
Sample maps from a similar event last year, "Discover the Bay"
What terraloco provides you for the event:
A VTA system map and a VTA bike map, both marked with checkpoints
A VTA day pass good for all buses and light rail (Caltrain fares not included!)
An online Google map of all the checkpoint locations. You can use the directions feature!
What you can bring and do: Anything - phones, tablets, laptops, any maps, GPS, atlases, encyclopedias. Full Internet access allowed. Pinpoint your location by GPS. Prepare maps ahead of time. Whatever food and drink you want to take, and you may also purchase food and drink along your adventure. If you're on the 24 hour, you might even go back and catch some sleep at your apartment or in a hotel.
Transit links: VTA | CalTrain | 511.org
It's a good idea to familiarize yourself with the transit system maps and schedules and figure out which lines run on Saturdays and which lines have more frequent or rapid service. Usually for buses, those lines will serve busier streets such as El Camino Real.
Paying Fares: A VTA day pass is included in your entry fee. You must pay your own CalTrain fares. A Clipper card is a quicker way to pay fares for CalTrain, although each station has a ticket machine that accepts credit cards.
Bicycles: VTA buses and light rail and CalTrain allow bikes. With the buses, you are limited by the 2 or 3 slots on the rack in the front of the bus. I've been turned away from buses before that had full racks.
Not biking? There is a foot division for the results. On foot, a good strategy for the course is to look for clusters of checkpoints you can get to on foot, and find the checkpoint that is closest to a frequently running transit line.
How do I record each checkpoint?
Answer a simple multiple-choice question which can only be answered when you are at the checkpoint. Google StreetView will not help you!
Location: Sports Basement, 1177 Kern Avenue, Sunnyvale, CA 94085
From U.S. Highway 101, take the Lawrence Expressway exit. Head south towards El Camino Real. After less than half a mile traveling south on Lawrence, make a right onto Kern Ave. Then make the next right turn into the Sports Basement parking lot.