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Organ Trail FAQ

What is The ORGAN TRAIL Adventure?

The ORGAN TRAIL Adventure is a zombie urban adventure where teams solve clues in order to identify locations in downtown Denver where they must go to complete various challenges in a limited amount of time.

Is The ORGAN TRAIL Adventure like a regular race?  How does it work?

The ORGAN TRAIL is a unique urban adventure.  While some teams will choose to run, teams may walk or use acceptable public transportation as described in the RULES.  Once given a clue sheet, teams will solve a number of clues in order to determine the location of challenges.  Teams must go to the indicated locations to complete the challenges.  Challenges may be explained on the clue sheet or in person once a team arrives at the challenge.  The first team to complete the necessary challenges and return to the FINISH line will win.  In order to complete the race, a team must do so within four (4) hours.

What types of challenges are involved in The ORGAN TRAIL Adventure?

Teams will travel around downtown Denver to complete challenges once they have arrived at the indicated locations.  Think of it as a mix between an adventure race, a reality show, and a haunted house.  Some challenges may only require teams to take a digital photo to prove they were there.  In others, teams may be required to complete a task.  Challenges may include additional physical activities, puzzles/games, eating (items that are safe but potentially not appetizing), collecting items, or additional tasks.  Teams may be given items at the challenges that must be returned to the FINISH line.  Remember, each team must complete the required number of challenges (to be announced on race day and stated clearly on the clue sheet).

How much does it cost?

$55/zombie – until Thursday 10/17/13 (online registration closes at midnight)


$75/zombie – race day registration (any time after 10/17/13) IF not sold out

Are teammates required?

Yes.  Each team must consist of 2-6 zombies.

Do I have to be a runner to participate?

Absolutely not.  Although the winning team will likely run from challenge to challenge, many teams will be in costume.  Teams who walk briskly (and use public transportation wisely) will be able to complete the course during the allowed time.

How far will teams travel?

Teams will determine their own routes.  Therefore, no two teams will travel the same distance.  All challenges will be within one-mile of downtown Denver.  During the four-hour race, most teams will travel 3-4 miles (with or without the help of public transportation).

Can teams use ground support or phone-a-friend for help?

See RULES AND REGULATIONS for full details.  In short, teams may use technology (phones, internet, etc.) to obtain assistance from friends, family, strangers, etc.  Teams may not accept assistance from friends, family, or acquaintances in person on the course.  TEAMS MUST COMPLETE ALL CHALLENGES THEMSELVES.

Do we have to have a smart phone?

Yes. Although teams will not be disqualified for not having access to technology, several challenges will require the use of a smart phone. Such a phone should be able to take pictures/videos, access Facebook and Twitter, and scan QR codes. iPhones, Androids, Blackberries, etc. will be sufficient. As the race approaches, watch your email and the ORGAN TRAIL Facebook page for important “Tech Tips.” Only one person on each team needs to have such a device.

What if we don’t complete one of the challenges?  Are any challenges mandatory?

Each team must complete the required number of challenges. This will be made clear on race day and on the clue sheet.  Teams may skip any non-mandatory challenge they cannot find, choose to avoid, or desire to not complete upon arrival.  There is no bonus for completing all challenges.  Failing to complete the required number of challenges will result in a time penalty of 30 minutes per challenge.  Some challenges may be mandatory. Skipping a mandatory challenges will result in disqualification.

What transportation can I use?

Accepted transportation: running, walking, crawling, mall bus, RTD bus, RTD light rail.

Not allowed: private vehicles, taxis, pedi-cabs, scooters, bicycles/B-cycles, skates/blades, skateboards, any other form of transportation not listed specifically above.

What do I get for participating?

All teammates will receive an official ORGAN TRAIL Adventure t-shirt.

Can teams work together?

Yes.  Both making arrangements beforehand and spontaneously deciding to team up on the course are permitted.  However, only one team will be awarded each of the top prizes. Additionally, teams from different waves may NOT work together (besides, the clues will be different for each wave).

Can my company sponsor the event?

Yes, please click here to sponsor the event

Can I volunteer to help with the race?

Definitely.  In order to volunteer, please click here

Where do we meet?

Both the Start and Finish lines are at Skyline Park (17th Street and Arapahoe) in Downtown Denver.  There are a number of nearby parking garages.  Better yet – get familiar with public transportation by taking the bus.

What happens at the start of the race?  How are clues distributed?

Teams will gather at the START line.  Sealed envelopes will be distributed containing the clue sheet. Once all envelopes are distributed (and not before), teams will be signaled to open their envelope and the race begins.

Can teams split up?

No. Your zombie horde must remain together. Teammates cannot be separated by more than 50 feet.

Do we have to wear costumes in The ORGAN TRAIL Adventure?  What should we wear?

Costumes are strongly encouraged (and awesome), but completely optional.  Most teams will be dressed as zombies (then you’re already ready for the world’s largest Zombie Crawl that afternoon…).  Teams may also dress as zombie hunters, as human survivors, or in regular clothes.  Some costumes may be easier to run in than others.  Each team decides how to dress.

The (free) annual Zombie Crawl that follows has a costume contest.  ORGAN TRAIL teams may, of course, participate in this.  There will not be a separate costume contest for ORGAN TRAIL teams alone.

We strongly recommend wearing comfortable shoes and bringing water.  RACE BIBS MUST BE CLEARLY DISPLAYED BY ALL TEAMMATES AT ALL TIMES.

What happens if it rains?

Your makeup will probably run… but The ORGAN TRAIL Adventure will take place, rain or shine.

Is my entry fee refundable or transferable?

No.  All entry fees are non-refundable.  Entry fees are also generally non-transferable.  Exceptions may exist.  Requests for transfer should be submitted to:

What if we can’t or don’t want to participate in a challenge?

Each team must complete all mandatory challenges and the required number of non-mandatory challenges.  Skipping additional challenges results in a 30-minute time penalty (per challenge skipped).  To successfully finish, teams must finish in less than 4 hours. Any team that skips a mandatory challenge will be disqualified.

What if we can’t find a challenge?

Keep looking.  Consider forming an alliance with another team or trading information.  Choose to skip that clue.  If all else fails, take the penalty and get to the finish line.  Watch the clock!

Can we break a rule and take a penalty?

No.  Penalties are assessed for skipping challenges.  Rule violations will result in immediate disqualification.

Will our times be posted?

Yes.  All times (including teams that did not finish) will be posted on the ORGAN TRAIL website during the week following the race.  Winners will be announced and prizes awarded once the race has concluded (at 3pm, before the Zombie Crawl begins…).

Where can I ask questions that are not answered on this website?

For additional questions, please contact us at:

What happens after I register?

Make sure you sign up using an email address you will monitor. We will send out updates, hints, clues, etc. as the race approaches.  You will pick up your packet containing your t-shirt and bib number at our official packet pick-up (4PM to 7PM on 10/18/12 at Arc Thrift Store) or on the morning of the event.  The clues will be distributed on the day of the event (when the race begins). You will be asked to read and sign the waiver upon picking up your packet. (If you prefer, you can download the waiver from the ORGAN TRAIL website.)

How can I invite other people to join my team?

Just have them sign up with the same team name. If you are the first person to register, make sure your teammates know your team name so they can choose it from the pull-down menu. All teammates must sign up individually. At least two people must be on each team, and the team will be full after six people have signed up.

When does online registration close?

Online registration will close at midnight on Thursday, October 17. After that, you can only sign up in person on race day starting at 9:00AM IF the race has not sold out. Be aware of the significant price increase for signing up on race day.

How do the clues and challenges work?

The clues will be distributed to all teams at the same time immediately prior to the start of the event.  The clues will lead you to different locations around the city, at which you will complete either a mental or physical challenge.  The clue sheet will indicate how many of the clues are required to be completed and whether completion of certain clues is mandatory.  Failure to complete a mandatory clue will result in disqualification.  You may complete the clues in any order that you choose.

How long is the race?

The course is designed so that the winners should finish in under 2 hours.  The majority of teams should finish in around 3 hours.  The course will close after 4 hours.

Because you may complete the clues in any order, the distance will depend on the route you choose to take. Most teams should expect to travel approximately 3-4 miles by foot or by public transit.

Do you allow help from people not participating in the race?

To help solve some of the clues, it will be beneficial to have access to the Internet or to have one or more people “on call” and available to assist you on the Internet. Laptops, a GPS, cellular phones, Internet-enabled devices, or other devices are encouraged. Teams may not use a ground support team along the actual course. Team members must complete all events and challenges on the course themselves without any assistance from non-team members.

Is there an HQ (headquarters) this year?

No. In response to feedback from last year that being on the course was the most fun, we decided that each team must remain together during the race. Of course, you can get help from others who are not on the course (see the question above).

Can I use public transportation?

Teams may only travel by foot or public transit, including buses, trains, and light rail. Teams may not use any form of private transportation or accept any rides, including taxis, private cars, motorcycles, skates, skateboards, pedicabs, bicycles, horses or any other form of private transportation. Any teams caught using private transportation will be disqualified.

What if I get one of the clues wrong?

For every incorrect or incomplete clue, 30 minutes will be added to the team’s finish time. Once a team crosses the finish line, they may not return to a clue location to complete an incomplete or incorrect clue. It is the team’s responsibility to ensure that it has the necessary proof of completion of the clues as specified on the clue sheet.  The event staff will have the final say in the determination of whether a clue was completed correctly.

What happens if my team arrives at a challenge and there is already another team there?

Multiple teams will likely be at some of the challenges at the same time. The teams will complete the challenge in the order in which they arrived. If the challenge is crowded, a team may choose to skip it or leave and return. Remember that the order you complete the challenges is up to you and that you only need to complete the required number.

What else should I know prior to the event?

Teams may not engage in unsportsmanlike or illegal conduct. Verbal or physical aggression towards the public, local officials, other participants or staff, or acts of vandalism, theft or harassment will result in disqualification from the race at the discretion of the staff.  Please use common sense, and remember that this is for fun!

ORGAN TRAIL Adventure reserves the right to disqualify any participant or team for any reason at any time at the staff’s discretion.

No registration refunds will be given for any reason.

During the race every team MUST:

  • Obey all local laws, regulations, and traffic laws. Participants are solely responsible for their actions and the consequences of those actions during the ORGAN TRAIL Adventure event.
  • Wear the official bib number at all times so that it is clearly visible.
  • Comply with the directions of staff, local authorities, and property and/or venue owners and managers.