The Geocaching Race Of The Year!

Posted in Travel Bug Race on Oct 16, 2008

Well, the race is on and our entry in the year long HooHaa GeoChallenge race, GoGo T. Urtle, is on his way! He was released (actually, he jumped) into the camoed peanut butter container at The End Of The Lake – GC1EYND at approximately 1:37pm.

GoGo T. Urtle is a winner in every class! He has racing in his blood. His great, great, great, great, great grandfather was the winner of a legendary race years ago (maybe you’ve heard of it?).

The Geocaching Race Of The Year

Since the challenge was made a couple of weeks ago GoGo has been working out, waxing his shell and eating aloe vera and cacti. He has been getting lots of support from his family and friends, especially those from the the ACGA and, of course, us here at Geocaching Online.

When asked what is his strategy for winning this race he simply said:

“Slow and steady is my pace,
Please take me, move me, from this base,
A far-off distance I can face,
A longer trek and I’ll win this race”

Here are some more photos of GoGo taken at a recent pre-race photo shoot:


Here he is giving the other competitors (if you can call them that) a view of what will become a familiar site to them:

The Geocaching Race Of The Year

Here he is showing his colours (that’s C-O-L-O-U-R-S, not C-O-L-O-R-S):

The Geocaching Race Of The Year

And here is a preview of what he what he will look like a year from now:

The Geocaching Race Of The Year

As you can see, GoGo is in fine form for this challenge. He was just a rarin’ to go! It was hard to contain his excitement as we headed for the cache release point.

We held a little pre-race party and there were quite a few people that came from far and wide to see him on his way:

The Geocaching Race Of The Year

As well, a few locals dropped by:

The Geocaching Race Of The Year

Apparently they are quite the race fans…

The HooHaa GeoChallenge Race is a year long race that begins today, October 16, 2008, between 8 Geocaching bloggers and will run through October 16, 2009. The winning Travel Bug will be the one that travels the most distance in that time. You can find out more here.

If you would like to follow GoGo T. Urtle’s travels over the next year click here to put him on your watchlist.

And if you come across him while out Geocaching please give him a lift to his next cache!

Stay tuned for more updates as the race continues!

Keep on cachin’!

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13 Responses to “ The Geocaching Race Of The Year! ”


  1. P.J. -

    Remember…. miles… miles… miles…. none of that kilometer stuff!

  2. go_man -

    Don’t get your drawers all in a knot! We won’t need any fancy tricks to win, especially against someone who can’t even get his horse out of the barn on race day! What’s the prob, afraid the rain will cause it to melt? LOL!

  3. P.J. -

    No, I wanted to give the rest of you suckers a head start… :)

  4. golfgunny -

    Wow. What a “cute” TB. Doesn’t look very durable…wonder how quick it will get stolen? Good luck with that!

  5. go_man -

    Mmmmm… is this a hint of some devious plan, perhaps a conspiracy, in the making?

  6. EMC of Northridge, CA -

    Uh huh…. watch out for my cookie!

  7. dragonflys -

    Saw this guy at the event. He is a cute little feller

  8. HeadHardHat -

    Holy Cow if the race was based on pure cuteness. GoGo would win hands down.

    But the race is not based on cute and cuddely… It’s dog eat dog or should I say Hippie eat cookie or Toothpaste Cap chomping hexigontal metal or something… in any case those little stubby legs are going to get worn fast on the steely, rubber smeared roads of the geo-challenge.

    At the very least get booties for the little guy… look at that face.. add-hem, you’re going down Urtle.

    -HHH

  9. Hick -

    So “Auntie Betty” came out to see your hardback lizard off? How nice. I think GoGo has a better chance of becoming soup than it does winning the race! Hey, Gunny, you hear that, SOUP. I’m getting hungry. I would never be part of a conspiracy now would I??????????????

  10. P.J. -

    I give a headstart and there’s nothing happening… just like a turtle!

  11. tonka_boy -

    Abandon hope all ye who enter this challenge. The Geocats have entered the race!

    The Northwoods Geocats

  12. P.J. -

    I realize turtles are slow…. but holy cow!

  13. go_man -

    Holy cow?! How did you find out about our backup plan?!


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