This is how the Circumglobal Trophy Dash works:
We'll send you the complete set of maps and the book of round-the-world instructions on September 1, or as soon as we receive your entry if between then and Columbus Day.
And last year, for the first time, we included an optional set of Online Maltese Challenge questions, whose answers are dependent on your online research.
For instance: What name is above the clock on Kiev's passenger railway station?
You may enter any time before the entry deadline, Columbus Day - October 12.
You'll travel, at your kitchen table or wherever you want, an hour or two at a time whenever you want, on a continuous course around the world, all on maps, along highways and bush tracks, over mountains and across the seven seas.
Usually there's a challenge involved. Alertness counts. Along the way, you'll be asked questions to see if you're on the correct course.
You have until October 20 to send in your answers. Then custom-designed awards go to the top circumnavigators, those who've done the best in avoiding the bushwhackers and snares.
What kinds of instructions and questions? Here's an example from last fall's competition:
In Leeds, England:
20. After you've gone 405° around the roundabout, exit, then turn north.
Question: Do you see The Nookin when between Instructions 20 and 21?
21. Turn left.
[The answer was Yes: traffic at roundabouts in England goes clockwise; we enter the roundabout heading north, so 405° later we're at the southwest point, then exit going west, then turn north and see The Nookin.]
[And, if you wondered about the name above the clock on Kiev's passenger railway station, it's ВОКЗАЛ -- the Cyrillic equivalent of VOKSAL.]
Where would you like to go this year?
We'll take you around the world! We're going to Costa Rica, then to Accra on the Gold Coast of Africa, then to the capital of Malta, then to Stonehenge and back down to Switzerland, then to the southeast coast of Australia and the capital of Papua New Guinea, and finally home again!
In 2013 we went to Port of Spain [Trinidad], then to Gozo [Malta] in the Mediterranean, then to Leeds [England] and down to Turkey, then to Russia (to visit the site of the 2014 Winter Olympics at Sochi - to help design the bobsled run!) and Chiengmai [Thailand], then home.
In 2012 we went to Ecuador and Peru, then from South America to the Ivory Coast, then up to Romania [Transylvania!], then to Mandalay, Australia, and Papua New Guinea, then home.
In 2011 we went to London -- to help check out the Summer Olympics venues and to run the marathon course. From England we went to Austria, then to Malaysia and Japan, then home.
In 2010 we went to Honduras and the Ivory Coast, to the Levant, to Australia and Papua New Guinea, then home.
In 2009 we went to Panama and Morocco, then to Spain and England, then to the Arabian desert and onward to Australia, then to the site of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver (where you devised a new Olympic event, the One-and-a-Halflon -- a 1-myriameter cross-country skiing course with a half-end of curling at its midpoint), then home.
To the top competitors go custom-designed Circumglobal Trophy Dash awards.
Plus, local champion certificates go to the best from each state, province, and country.
To sign up now for this fall's event, send a check (payable to 'Trophy Dash') for the entry fee to: Circumglobal Trophy Dash, P.O. Box 53, La Cañada, Calif. 91012.
The entry fee is $55. If in Canadian dollars, it's $55 as well. For the U.K.: £38. Continental Europe: 48 Euros. Other overseas: $63 U.S.
Circumglobal Trophy Dash
P.O. Box 53
La Cañada, California 91012
- - and we'll be glad to enclose a gift announcement for you
in the competition package if you'd like
to give an entry as a gift