The racing portion of the race started with everyone else being zip tied into prison, where they had to break out with guards shooting paintballs at them, loud horns going off, fireworks, and the like. While they were going through all that, we took a leisurely stroll up the quarry to the first checkpoint. OK, so it wasn’t leisurely…it was right slow. We basically walked/crawled along the edge of the quarry to keep from being seen by the guards. Used a rope to climb up a massive hill, and then got our first clue partway down a 60’ ladder. Onto Checkpoint 2!! Woo-hoo!!
This seemed like an easy enough challenge….there was a berm on the west side of the prison…we could hide along the west side of this berm and go un-noticed! HA!! Started as planned, but a guard quickly spotted us and started hunting us down. Here is where Team BOR became the uber-sneaky/crafty team. The entire team would hide in a matter of seconds, many times even from other teammates! After a half hour going 200 meters, we finally reached the woods.
Since we were basically lost in this portion, we spent some good quality time hiding in the woods, finding random checkpoints, and deciding where to go next. Mind you, the race was ‘designed’ to be done in order. This naturally meant you had to cross the entire complex between each point, and probably at least 200 guards (Dave number) each time. With our massive speed past guards, this would have been a 7 day adventure race. We opted at first to go to the Paintball course, where apparently we would have been given gear (paintball guns) to fight the guards with to retrieve a flag (not our flag), and then run a gauntlet to return with the flag. This didn’t happen because our course kept moving away from it, and guards (and some other inmates) kept us pinned down. As time was already running out, we moved toward the final obstacle – a double rope walk across the water to FREEDOM!!
Overall, I’d like to do this course again. Screw the red lights. Balls Out Racing would all have maximum light power on at all times to run like the wind to all checkpoints, blinding guards with our massive light output!! Yes, we’d probably be caught. Yes, we’d probably get shot. But….we’re Balls Out Racing!!"