Arcata Plaza - Manila Dunes - Dead Man’s Drop - Halvorsen Park
9:00 a.m. to NOON
BEWARE: There will be TWO NOONS!*
Teams enter the Arcata Plaza at H St. and 9th St. then circle the square, subjecting themselves to judgement by experts in important Kinetic Categories like Art, Engineering, Safety, Kinetic Thrills, and Safety. Watch the Pageantry and "Brake Test." Then eventually, the Queen will decide it is "NOON," and set off the SIREN.
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*DUE TO THE HUGE NUMBER OF TEAMS ENTERING THIS YEAR, THE GODDESS HAS DECIDED TO UTILIZE HER ABILITY TO WARP TIME AND SPACE TO DECLARE TWO NOONS. FIRST THE ACE TEAMS WILL START, THEN THE NON ACE TEAMS SO THAT THE FOLKS GOING FOR A SPEED AWARD DON'T GET CAUGHT BEHIND SOME GIANT PIT CREW MEANDERING THROUGH THE ARCATA BOTTOMS. ONCE THE FIRST ROUND OF TEAMS LEAVES THE PLAZA, PLEASE STAY OUT OF THE STREET UNTIL THE SECOND LEMONS START WHEN ALL THE TEAMS HAVE GONE OUT OF THE GATE.
Once they scramble to their seats, Pilots will speed their sculptures around and around the town square until Rampmeister opens the starting gate, and releases the Kinetic Madness on the road to Glory!
Manila Dunes Community Center Kinetic Festival
NOON to 3:00
Where is it: If you are driving from the Plaza to the Manila Dunes, please take 101 to Eureka, then cross Humboldt Bay on the 255/Samoa Bridges. The Racers will be tying up traffic on the 255 between Arcata and Samoa. Parking is extremely limited. We recommend bicycling.
Kinetic Racing Teams will pit stop and take a quick break at the Community Center's Kinetic Festival, then prepare their sculptures to run on sand before setting off into the dunes toward the roaring Pacific Ocean. The Glorious ocean spray and hard packed sand are a brief treat, for soon they will turn inland through June's Dunes, and onto the inevitable Dead Man's Drop ...
Dead Man's Drop
1:00 to whenever the last team passes
There's two ways to get there, it's a hike either way:
Beach Hike- Follow the teams out from the Manila Dunes Fest, over the dunes to the beach, and up the coast for around a mile, then turn inland and try to stay out of the way while the teams navigate the ever shifting, living landscape of the dunes.
Dunes Hike- Alternately, you can bike or drive from Arcata or Manila to the exit of Dead Man's Drop. Park on the side of the 255, and follow the crowd up through the dunes. Some of the best viewing spots are on the trail headed in.
Not so much a sand dune, as a soft sided skyscraper. Teams slog up, sliding backwards the whole time, then gather their wits about them for the white-knuckle ride down the far side. The "Golden Flipper Award" is given to the team which inverts its self most spectacularly under the influence of gravity.
Pro Kinetic Tip: Water & Bug Spray!
Water is wonderful stuff on a hike, and it IS a hike.
Also. in order to prevent small children and pets from being carried away by the legendary Samoa Dunes Mosquitoes, we recommend you arm yourself with some kind of spray, lotion, or full body net suit.
Halvorsen Park Finish Line Party
1:00 until it gets dark
Watch the Kinetic racers scramble across the Day 1 Finish Line after their adventures in the dunes.
See the sculptures up close. Music, food, Beer Garden.