Below you can find the rules of the race. Please read them through carefully as they have been slightly altered for the 2019 edition!

  1. Participants join the race in teams of two people.
  2. The race begins on June 14th at 6 pm from the outdoor amphitheater of the Helsinki Opera House.
  3. Teams have to hitchhike to a secret destination, that will be disclosed at the start of the race.
  4. On their way to the secret destination, teams have to pass checkpoints of varying difficulty and value.
  5. Teams have to hitchhike at least 3 rides for at least 100 kms.
  6. The winning team will be determined based on their time of arrival to the secret destination and the checkpoints they have completed.
  7. Teams not reaching the secret destination by Sunday noon will be disqualified.
  8. Both team members must always travel using the same vehicle.
  9. Teams are not allowed to pre-arrange rides.
  10. Using public transportation is allowed ONLY inside a city, and within the Helsinki capital city region (Helsinki-Espoo-Vantaa-Kauniainen).
  11. You are allowed to travel by sea, but it won’t help you much.
  12. You are not allowed to pay for your ride, except in situations mentioned in rule 10. Don’t break any laws.
  13. The participation fee is 30 euros per person.
  14. Behave well, be fair and show respect.
  15. Be honest and don’t cheat. The whole concept of the race is based on trust and good will.
  16. You are responsible for yourselves. Don’t take any unnecessary risks.
  17. Think also of the drivers’ safety when looking for hitchhiking spots.

If you have any questions about the rules of the race, please don’t hesitate to contact the organizers: info(a)hitchball4000.fi.