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You've never seen New York City like this! On Saturday, September 20th, you're invited to race through
NYC, competing to win a free seven-day trip to one of the world's most spectacular winter resort
St. Anton, Austria. It's THE BUMS RUSH, and it's our charity benefit for Lambda Legal.

Inspired by the hit TV show "The Amazing Race," THE BUMS RUSH is an exhilarating, fun-filled day where
teams of two embark on a pulse-racing series of challenges tracing through historic sites and undiscovered
corners of the city. The excitement culminates at
The Bums Rush Finish Line Party, a special Avalanche
where the winning team will claim the Grand Prize: a trip with SKI BUMS to St. Anton, Austria. They'll each win
seven nights of hotel accommodations with breakfasts and 4-course gourmet dinners, a six day lift
ticket for the thrilling slopes of St. Anton,
and round-trip airfare from New York City. In addition,
the remaining contestants will
all be entered into a series of additional prize drawings!

Register your team for THE BUMS RUSH >
You should be physically active, and enjoy a fast-paced day of mental and physical
challenges. If you enjoy skiing or snowboarding, you're
already a great candidate!

$45 registration fee per contestant (payable as one payment of $90 per team).

Each team must have at least one
digital camera (with an on-screen display) which will
be used throughout the race to verify that you've performed certain tasks.

Each contestant must have a valid  New York City MTA
MetroCard (it can be a $7
day pass if you like).

To win our Grand Prize, you must attend our
Finish Line Party that evening. The finale will
begin at 9 PM, and you'll have a break beforehand
to get dinner and freshen up.

Contestants must be at least 21 years of age.

In addition, you should have:

- A bag or backpack for the day's materials
- A sack lunch or money for lunch / refreshments
- At least $5 in cash
- A cell phone

The deadline to register is Saturday, Sept.  13th.
Space is limited, so register today!
Two Grand Prize winners will receive a complimentary trip with SKI BUMS to St. Anton,

The grand prize includes:

- Round trip airfare between New York City and Zurich, Switzerland, departing on
     Friday, March 6 and returning on Saturday, March 14
- Ground transfers aboard our own private motorcoach to / from St. Anton, Austria
- 6 day unlimited ski pass to
Ski Arlberg, the combined resorts of St. Anton, Lech,
     Zürs, St. Christoph, Oberlech and Stuben  
View the jaw-dropping trail map >
- 6 night stay in double-occupancy accommodations at the 4-star Lux Alpinae
- Daily breakfast buffet and five four-course gourmet dinners
If a Grand Prize winner is unable to take this trip, he or she may substitute this prize for
another trip within the SKI BUMS 2009 season schedule, pending availability of the
alternate trip (the 2009 SKI BUMS season will be announced in August). Deadline for the
substitution of this prize is November 1st, 2008. This prize is not redeemable for cash or
any other discount. This prize is non-transferable and non-refundable. In the event that
SKI BUMS is required to change the date, destination, accommodations, itinerary or
travel arrangements of this trip due to inclement weather or circumstances beyond our
control, every effort will be made to accommodate all the trip's participants, including our
Grand Prize winners.

The Grand Prize winners will receive a complimentary membership in SKI BUMS for the
2009 season. The Grand Prize winners must officially register as members of SKI BUMS
and sign the SKI BUMS membership liability waiver prior to travel. Contestants do not
need to be prior members of SKI BUMS in order to join the contest.
Step 1:  Register online as a team of two. Simply provide the name, email
address and phone number for each team member. All are welcome to join this contest
-- you don't need to be a previous member of SKI BUMS.
Note: you must provide the
names of both contestants when registering.

Step 2:  Pay the registration fee. You can pay online with any major credit card, or
mail in a check. To make things easier, we're asking for one payment of $90 per team
(it's up to you to settle up). This registration fee is non-refundable.

Step 3: We'll email a confirmation to both contestants. You are not a confirmed team
until we have received your registration
and your registration fee.

Step 4: Your confirmation will contain a personalized web link to collect secure,
online donations for Lambda Legal. In addition, you may collect checks or cash, which
you'll turn in on the morning of the race. Online donations must be received by
Thursday, September 18th to count toward your official total on the day of the race.

The week of the contest, we'll send you emails with all the important info you'll
need for the day (our starting line location, what to bring, etc.). You'll also receive
important clues for you to research beforehand.  
View last year's clues >

On the day of the race: You'll want to arrive at our starting line early to check-in and
meet the other contestants. Our hosts will explain the day, psych you up, then launch
you on a whirlwind adventure through the city that'll have your heart racing!

That evening, we'll be hosting
The Bums Rush Finish Line Party, where all our
will be entered into a series of prize drawings. To win our Grand Prize,
must attend this party (you'll have a break beforehand to get some dinner and
freshen up). The finale will begin at 9 PM, when
our top two placing teams will
compete LIVE to win the Grand Prize!

The locations
of the Starting Line and Finish Line are still T.B.A. They'll be
somewhere in Manhattan, and we'll announce them in a few weeks.
Each team will raise donations for Lambda Legal. The teams that raise the most
money before the day of the race will have an
advantage on the day of the race. The
more money you raise, the easier it will be for you to win the trip to Austria! It's a fun
way to bring the competitive element to a new, good-karmic level!

The more, the merrier. Some of the day's challenges will be interactive -- and
collaborative -- and if you've got friends along for the fun, you'll have an advantage
and an increased shot at winning the Grand Prize!
Talk your friends into
and don't think of them as competition -- think of them as collaborators.
The deadline to register is Saturday, September 13th.
Space is limited.
If you've got any questions before
registering, feel free to
email us.
All donations benefit Lambda Legal, America's
oldest national organization pursuing high-impact
litigation, public education and advocacy on behalf of
equality and civil rights for lesbians, gay men,
bisexuals, transgender people and people with HIV.
To learn more, visit
View pics of the 2007 Grand Prize trip >
Q: Do I need to be in superbly good shape to win this?
No. Of course, it wouldn't hurt... but I also wouldn't hurt if you're terribly intelligent,
refreshingly resourceful, really darn lucky, smart about planning things, and know New
York City like the back of your hand. We've designed a race with an array of surprises
and unexpected twists, and we're going to have a great time leveling the playing field. No
one factor will automatically win out over another.

Q: My employer has a matching donations program for charitable causes. Will
my matched conations count toward my fund-raising total?
We can only add these donations to your fund-raising total if your corporation makes
a donation in the form of a check, which you submit on the morning of the race. You
must have a check with you, in hand, for the donation to be considered part of your
fund-raising total.

Q: I'm determined to win! What should I do to increase my chances of winning?
Recruit your friends to join us, raise money for Lambda Legal, and be sure to read the
pre-race emails, which will contain valuable clues for your research in advance. They'll
also contain the rules, which you'll want to be sure you're following correctly!

Q: If I'm not one of the final two teams, do I need to attend the Finish Line
All our contestants will be entered into a raffle prize drawing, and we want you to
come tell your play-by-play recap of your day to the BUMS! It's a fun time. You should
plan to come, but we certainly won't
force you. ;)

Q: Will you give me hints in advance about this year's clues?
Ummmm.... no. Nice try.
View a "sneak
preview" slide show >