OK guys, I'm well on the way with the Chicken Run, the route is finalized, times are set, and we're very close to completed on the clues, so this is the official thread for all things Chicken Run!
For those of you who have never been to the Chicken Run, it's a very unique and fun experience for anyone who is an MR2 enthusiast. You DO NOT need to drive an MR2 to the meet, as long as you're an enthusiast, that's all we care about, however prizes will only be awarded to MR2's. We'll be doing a $50 gift certificate to Twos-R-Us for first place and a $25 gift certificate for second place.
The Chicken Run is a bit different than most MR2 meets, in that we don't do a 'group drive', mainly because they're too dangerous and it's very difficult to keep a large group of cars together. Instead, we do it more like a scavenger hunt in that we give the drivers directions and clues, set the cars off at a predetermined interval, and you have to make it to the finish line within a set time, all along the way collecting clues, answering questions, and competing in challenges. The times are set at the posted speed limit with a +/- 10% error factor. Arriving late will incur a 1 point deductions per minute (rounded up) and each minute you arrive early will incur a 5 point deduction per minute. This is to discourage speeding at any point in the drive and gives you time to enjoy some of the roads we've put together this year. Clues and challenges are all timed, and your total time accuracy along with the additional points from the clues and challenges make up the total points, and the person with the highest total points wins. It's a very good idea to have a driver and a co-driver, but in years past we've had people do it as a driver only with great success.
We'll start out this year at the same place we have for the last few years, The Markets at Shrewsbury, at 8:00am. The Markets open at 8:00am, you can go in and grab some breakfast before you take off for the run. We will have first car out at 8:45am, so be ready to go to the drivers meeting at 8:30am. The address for The Markets is:
12025 Susquehanna Trail
Glen Rock, PA 17327
The reason we're leaving a little earlier this year is because the drive is a bit longer and I want to make sure no one has to go too long before the cookout. The roads that we've picked this year are absolutely beautiful, and the clues and challenges will be awesome.
Also, once again, David Hawkins will be opening his back yard (and grill) up to us at the conclusion of the drive at Twos-R-Us. David will be the grill master, and we'll have burgers, dogs, sausages, and a bunch of sides and drinks, so plan on staying for a little while!
As a side note, we've got some extremely cool clues and challenges this year, and if everything pans out the way I'm hoping, it's going to be hard to beat next year!
This will be the main list for attendees, so please either post in this thread that you're coming and how many you'll be bringing, or you can PM me personally if you don't want to post.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask!
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