Let’s get a quick overview of the standings, which have seen some changes with yesterday’s points update. The racers are lined up for a race for the top three positions, and it’s going to be an exciting last two months.

The race for first and second place is going on between TB Hummer and Swedish Nerds, with TB Hummer in the lead by only 38 points. It should be noted that accumulated over 20,000 miles of travel as they bounced around the globe. During their visits to four separate continents, these two racers alone have wrapped up visits to the following countries as they battle for that top spot:

  • United States
  • Canada
  • Scotland
  • England
  • Australia
  • Malaysia
  • France
  • Netherlands

Both of these racers are well enough ahead (160 points ahead of third place) that only a last ditch miracle trip will keep them from getting 1st and 2nd place all to themselves.

But they aren’t the only ones battling for position.  KIMO and Woolybugger are currently fighting over 3rd place, with KIMO ahead by 37 points.  This is where the true battle is to be watched as 4th place isn’t a prize winning position.  Both of these racers have over 10,000 miles to their list, built up during travels between two continents.  Their list of visited countries includes:

  • United States
  • Puerto Rico
  • Ireland
  • England
  • Scotland
  • Wales
  • Greece
  • Czech Republic
  • Spain
  • Italy
  • Sweden
  • Denmark
  • Switzerland
  • Germany
  • Poland

These top four contenders have definitely shown us how to fill a passport.  However, there is one sad note amongst these four and that concerns WoolyBugger.  On October, 29th, WoolyBugger was placed in a cache in Northern England.  A few days later, the cache was muggled and WoolyBugger went off the grid.  That leaves KIMO with a clear opportunity to land the 3rd place spot, provided a last ditch effort by Raisin Man doesn’t disrupt the turtle’s pace.  Raisin Man is almost a 100 points behind and currently enjoying his adventure into sampling Norwegian music.  A hope across the ocean might be enough to upset KIMO’s seemingly guarenteed position.

Several other racers are still going strong, attempting to catch up to third place.  But the distant amount of points to be earned will make it hard for anyone else to catch up.  But, we’ve seen large jumps in the past so anything’s possible.

We are currently sitting at just under two months before the end of the race.  There is still a lot of action going on across the field, including some surprise returns from several racers who were believed lost.  One racer was last seen in February before making a surprising return in September.

As we gear up for next year’s race, and as entries pile in from around the globe, continue to check back for updates on the 2009 race.  The prize pool seems certain at this point, but who knows what last minute additions might join the list.

I will also send out a reminder to everyone that there is now a set of three unactivated travel bugs sitting in the prize pool.  These three travel bugs will be awarded in December.  Why so early?  Well these particular travel bugs will be part of the MIA drawing.  If your racer went MIA in 2009, you will be in the running for winning one of these three travel bugs.  You may do what you want with them, but you may also choose to use them to enter the 2010 race at no cost.  I’ll provide the attachment, and all you have to do is activate the travel bug.  A second chance to anyone who went missing.  And since my bug went missing as well, I will be taking myself OUT OF THE DRAWING!  So I can’t be one of the winners.

For those of you who listen to Geocaching Podcast or Podcacher, listen up on upcoming episodes as we work out some advertising for the race.

And don’t forget to check out the 2010 Race tab at the top of the page to learn about next years race, including some of the proposed changes and how to enter.