Grab a team of friends and prepare yourself for the 5th Annual Great Williamsburg Adventure Race! Teams will race throughout the city, decoding puzzles, solving riddles, and completing unique challenges in a quest for fabulous prizes and ultimate glory.
This is a ticketed event and registration is limited. Current William & Mary students may race for free, courtesy of the City of Williamsburg. Non-students may purchase tickets. Both students and non-students need to register for tickets. Registration is now live!
Are you part of a City of Williamsburg business or organization interested in hosting a challenge site for the 2019 event? Please get in touch via email.
The race takes place on Sunday, September 29, with key events at the following times:
• 1:30 PM – Check-in opens, pick up of team race materials
• 2:40 PM – Pre-race briefing, final reminders on rules
• 3:00 PM – Race start for all teams
• 6:00 PM – Race end (teams may finish before 6:00 PM)
Teams must return to the starting location with their final materials no later than 6:00 PM to be eligible for the grand prize.
The awards ceremony will take place at the Community Building shortly after 6:00 PM. The winning teams and answers to race puzzles will be announced during the ceremony. Here are the full race rules (last updated 8/14/19).
Tickets are available now via Eventbrite. When registering, players book tickets for a complete team (2, 3, or 4 people). Tickets for current W&M students are free, and tickets for non-students cost $20. For more details on ticketing and prices, check out the FAQs below.
How do I purchase a ticket?
Tickets are sold through Eventbrite. Tickets are free for W&M students and cost $20 for non-students.
How do I register a team with both W&M students and non-students?
Please email us at team@theAVAdventure.com for details on how to register a team that includes both W&M students and non-students.
I am a W&M faculty or staff member. Can I get a free ticket?
No. Only students currently enrolled at W&M are eligible for a free ticket.
What is the inclement weather policy?
The race will take place rain or shine. If extreme weather renders the event unsafe for participants (including heavy storms or thunder and lightning) the race will be canceled and no refunds will be issued. The announcement will be made via email and social media posts.
Is the event family friendly? Who can participate?
The event is family friendly, and anyone may participate. All participants are required to register as members of a team. Teams may range from two to four people. Please note completing the entire race includes lots of travel on foot and puzzles that may be too difficult for younger children. Children not participating in the race may not accompany a race team.
Do I need to be in shape to participate?
No. The Adventure Race is designed for all ages and ability levels. You can decide how fast or slow you go from challenge to challenge. Participants will travel approximately 3 miles on foot over the course of the event. Teams that travel quickly from station to station will be more likely to win the grand prize.
Can I bring my dog?
No. Teams will be going in and out of businesses and many do not allow dogs inside so please leave pets at home.
BEFORE THE RACE
Do I need to pick up a race packet prior to the event?
No. There will be a pre-race briefing at 2:40PM and the race will start promptly at 3:00PM on Sept. 29. Check-in opens at 1:30PM and teams are strongly encouraged to arrive early enough to check-in before the pre-race briefing. Teams must turn in a signed Event Waiver (PDF) prior to checking in and receiving race materials. Check-in and the pre-race briefing will take place at the Community Building at 401 N Boundary Street.
Do I need a smartphone to compete?
No, though smartphones are allowed on the race, and may prove helpful in navigating the city and solving puzzles.
Where do I park?
There is no designated parking lot for the race. There is street parking in downtown Williamsburg (be sure to check if there is a time limit). There is also a parking garage at 230 N. Henry Street.
How do teams win or earn points?
Points are earned based on the number of challenges completed and puzzles answered correctly. In the event of a tie, the teams’ race completion times will serve as a tiebreaker. Points will only be awarded for materials that are turned in by 6:00 PM.
What kinds of challenges are in the race?
The race includes challenge stations and puzzles. The challenge stations feature unique activities one or more of the team members will need to complete to earn points. Puzzle challenges are provided at the start of the race, and puzzle answers should be submitted with final materials upon completion of the race.
What should I bring to the race?
Teams are encouraged to bring signed, physical copies of the Event Waiver (PDF) for every team member to expedite the check-in process. You may use smartphones during the event; however, smartphones will not be critical or provide a significant advantage to completing the race for those familiar with the Williamsburg area. Everyone is encouraged to bring water and snacks to keep players going strong during the event.
What should I wear to the race?
We recommend comfortable clothes and shoes. You will be traveling on foot completing challenges and solving puzzles. Some challenges may have participants completing physical tasks, navigating obstacles, or moving around. Wear clothes that you can comfortably be active in.
Do I need to wear a race bib?
Yes. Your race bib is your ticket to enter the race and participate in challenges. Race bibs will be distributed at check-in on race day.
Where does the race take place?
The race begins at the Community Building, 401 N Boundary Street and takes place in the surrounding areas. Teams should return to the Community Building by 6:00 PM for the puzzle answers to be revealed and prizes awarded.
Where are the starting and finish lines?
The race begins and ends at the Community Building, (401 N Boundary Street, Williamsburg VA). All materials must be turned in by 6:00 PM to be eligible for prizes.
What prizes are awarded to the winners?
The top three teams will receive trophies during the award ceremony. The first place team will also receive a prize pack full of merchandise and exclusive giveaways from race sponsors.
Where can I contact the organizer with any additional questions?