Who can take part in the competition?
Anyone. You can be a student or not, a seasoned hitchhiker or a total noob, it doesn’t matter. All that matters is that you are ready for a week-end long adventure!
Does it cost something to take part in the competition? Why?
The participation cost is 10 euros per person. Organizing the race for a growing number of participants requires an important budget (GPS tracking and the software infrastructure, race jerseys, prizes…). We are working hard to have as many sponsors for the race as possible, but this revenue stream is not unfortunately sufficient to cover all our costs. Also, you will keep your racing jersey as a souvenir, in addition to wonderful memories!
Is the winner the team who has traveled the farthest from the starting point?
Not this year. This time, teams collect points by visiting checkpoints located all over Finland and neighboring countries. The winning team is the one having collected the most points.
Am I allowed to arrange rides in advance?
No. Fortune and unpredictability are core features of the race.
Am I allowed to travel by public transportation?
You’re allowed to travel by public transportation only within cities, or the Helsinki capital city area (Helsinki-Espoo-Vantaa-Kauniainen). You can also take a boat to another country, e.g. from Helsinki to Stockholm or Tallinn. However, taking a boat is not hitchhiking, so you should pay for the ferry ticket.
Am I allowed to travel by public transportation between cities if I don't pay?
Can I travel by public transportation to Helsinki after the race has ended?
No, unless you are giving up the race.