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$500 ROC Transit Day Treasure Hunt

June 11th, 2015

ROC Transit Day Treasure Hunt [PHOTO: John Derycke, Derycke Motorsports Photography]
By Mike Governale

Last year, as part of ROC Transit Day external link, we planned a city-wide treasure hunt where teams followed a series of clues (for over 19 miles) to be the first to find a $500 cash prize at the end. The only catch: No motor vehicles. All teams were required to use public transit, walk, or bike. (it’s in the rules!)

This year (Thursday, June 18) we’re doing it again. It’s completely free to enter, but you must pre-register here external link before June 17. Right now we only have 6 teams signed up, so your odds would be pretty good; as long as you have a good working knowledge of Rochester.

Still not sure if you’ve got the right stuff? Take a look at the clues from LAST year and see how well you’d fare…

ROC Transit Day Treasure Hunt [PHOTO: John Derycke, Derycke Motorsports Photography]
CLUE #1: At 8:00a (and no later than 10:00a) you’ll begin your great CHASE. For your next clue report to the INFO BOOTH. All ROUTES converge at this place.

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CLUE #2: Look UP, to the large set of WINGS… Take 7 FLIGHTS and your next clue will be waiting for you behind this symbol (shown above).

ROC Transit Day Treasure Hunt [PHOTO: Jessica Hillaire]
CLUE #3: This will be no day at the BEACH. If you want that $500 prize, you’ll need to DIG in.

ROC Transit Day Treasure Hunt
CLUE #4: ¡Ay Dios Mio! What do you say we STOP for lunch? Ask Juan for “El ROC Transit Day especial.”

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CLUE #5: Stay focused on the GOAL, or this might make you RAGING mad: Your next clue is waiting under one of 14,000 seats.

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CLUE #6: Let’s do some window shopping at the coolest little VILLAGE in Rochester. While you’re there, pick yourself up one of these as a souvenir.

CLUE #7: Check-in at the top of the HILL… you’ll be asked to run one lap around to RESERVe yOIR next clue.

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CLUE #8: You’ve searched high, now search low. Head UNDERGROUND and read the writing on the WALL.

CLUE #9: Thanks for visiting the Rochester subway. But your destination is directly ABOVE YOU.

ROC Transit Day Treasure Hunt [PHOTO: John Derycke, Derycke Motorsports Photography]

Last year’s winning time was 5 hours 45 minutes, 19.25 miles.

Only difference this year will of course be the clues. $500 1st prize and $200 2nd prize must be split with a charity of your choice. 3rd prize is a pack of tickets to a Rochester Rhinos 2015 home game.

So get your team together. Register and get your first clue here external link before June 17! The event is next Thursday!

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One Response to “$500 ROC Transit Day Treasure Hunt”

  1. Mittens says:

    The 3rd and 4th clues might’ve tripped me up. Charlotte, right? But where would I dig? And Stop… hmmm… I’m thinking Pizza Stop, but I doubt they serve “el ROC Transit Day especial.”

    After that I could’ve won.

    I’m sad this is on a Thursday though. I’ll have to work. One day later and I definitely would’ve participated. Oh well. Good luck to the teams this year. I’ll see you in 2016 for sure!!!


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