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Santa's Little Messenger Race

December 15th, 2007
Hurt Park, Atlanta

This year saw a great increase in toy donations. The rules were also modified to limit teams to only two members resulting in a much more competitive race. Solo riders and teams picked up and delivered donated toys from our intown neighbors who may not haved the time to deliver the toys themselves. Old-school, pre-radio, messenger-style dispatch race. In all 17 riders, composing 6 teams and 5 solo riders, collected 96 toys for the Atlanta Toys For Tots program.


  1. Registration starts at 11 am. Racing starts at 12 noon at Hurt Park. All riders must be paid and registered by 11:50 am in order to race. NO EXCEPTIONS.
  2. The race is scheduled to end at 4pm because this is when the Georgia State Bookstore closes. The race may run long or short depending on number of toys.
  3. "Toy" and "package" mean the same thing in the remaing rules.
  4. "Index cards", "cards", and "manifests" all refer to the same thing in the remaing rules.
  5. Each toy has an associated index card which will detail the corresponding street address, email adress, telephone number, toy description, points value. The email address will not be pertinent to the race.
  6. As you are about to pick up a package (5-15 minutes before) it is advised that you telephone the donator and confirm that the toy is ready to be picked up. DO NOT ASK FOR DIRECTIONS!. This is your job to find out where you need to go.
  7. There will be a race official handing out index cards at Hurt Park AT THE START OF THE RACE ONLY. Once leaving Hurt Park, riders should only return to the Georgia State Boookstore. After the start of the race, the race officials will move to the Georgia State Bookstore to collect ALL dropoffs and hand out new index cards.
  8. Each toy has an associated points value based on the direct-line distance between pick up and drop off points. All packages will be deliverd to the Georgia State Bookstore ("drop off"). If a toy is 5 miles from the drop off(as calculated by gmaps pedometer) it is worth 5 points.
  9. The manifests will be divided into two catagories: "regular runs" and "long runs". Long runs are toys outside of a certain distance (TBD) and are worth more than their mileage value. Teams will have the option to select from either catagory when drawing index cards.
  10. If a rider/team delivers two toys and each is 5 miles from the drop off, but the total distance the rider travels to pick up the toys is more or less than 10 miles, then the two packages are still worth a combined 10 points. It is possible that a rider may pick up two toys from the same house which is 5 miles from the drop-off. The rider would only have traveled 10 miles (to and back) but recieved 10 points. It is also possible that two toys may be on opposite sides of the drop off, each 5 miles from the drop off. The rider would then have travelled 20 miles to pick up two toys but still receive only 10 points.
  11. Teams of UP TO FOUR (4) riders will compete to earn the most points over the course of the day or until all packages are picked up.
  12. A semi-real-time count of remaining packages will be available at the drop off desk. This way riders will know if the race is going to end early or extend long.
  13. A semi-real-time score board will also be available at the drop off desk. However, updating the score will be a lower priority to receiving incoming packages, passing out new manifests, and unexpected emergencies.
  14. Riders/teams cannot return manifests to the race officials once they have been drawn. Teams are allowed 6 manifests at a time to allow for planning purposes.
  15. If there is a problem with picking up a toy call the race officials. You will be given one (or more) telephone numbers at the start of the race.
    • If the package is bigger or heavier than the requested dimensions.
    • If the toy is not there.
    • If the donator is not responding to your calls.
  16. It is up to each rider to have a way to carry any toy that falls within the required dimensions and size. If a rider is unable to carry such a package then it can not be delivered to the drop off and no points will be rewarded.

Other rules that pertain to most of our races (including this one):

  1. If you see a downed/disabled or otherwise looks like they are hurt rider, you must stop to offer assistance. (If they are just having mechanical problems like a flat you do not need to stop)
  2. Teams are accountable for the whereabouts of their team members.
  3. We race, RAIN OR SHINE.
  4. There are no limitations on equipmnent used to race with the exception that it must be human powered.
  5. Stay positive, have fun, ride bikes!
  6. And finally... Race officials have the last call in all disputes. Let us know if you have any.

Team Totals:

  1. Necesito Ir Al Baño (Christopher R. and Austin C.) 38.6
  2. Seven Tenths (Craig D. and Ben B.) 36.6
  3. Vanilla Milkshake (Jenny W. and Chris S.) 35.6
  4. Team Kong (Gabriel T. and Johnathan A.) 34.3
  5. Smit Übermensch (Pamela O. and Ben S.) 22.6
  6. Life Of Brian (Jake and Michael M.) 15.8

Solo Totals:

  1. Gregg R. 25.9
  2. Kenny R. 25.3
  3. Bryan A. 20.9
  4. Eldon S. 19.0
  5. Lynn J. 10.0


1st place team: $60 gift certificate to Outback Bikes
1st place solo: $40 gift certificate to Outback Bikes
all racers received huge discount on Dogfish Head 60min IPA at Octane Coffee Bar
all donors received coupons for free Sweetwater 420 at Octane Coffee Bar

Kate and Pete at Outback Bikes x20
Vy and everyone at Edgewood Target Pharmacy x15
Carrie Mott x8
Maybury and Raymond Stegall x6
Craig Durkin x5
Austin Crenshaw x4
Julian Goglia x5
Jenny Walsh x3
Bryan Alcorn x3
Jaime Walker x3
Pamela Overman x2
Ben Smith x2
Rebecca x2
Sarah Owings x2
Richard Tillotson
Holly Kelly
Amy Blackwell
Kyle Ary
Atlanta Bicycle Campaign
Brooke D.
Cat Norman
Jeff McMichael
Ben Brian
Nathan Mortimer
Alysia Vrailas Mortimer
Kurt Rampton
Christopher Rampton
Gwyneth Lodge