TREASURE HUNT: Street Scrambles sends participants throughout Gig Harbor

Staff reportMay 18, 2014 

Participants prepare to look for clues in the 2012 Gig Harbor Street Scramble. Individuals and teams consult maps before heading out to find as many of the 30 clues as they can within a time limit.

YMCA/COURTESY PHOTO

Participants will be racing around Gig Harbor on Saturday, looking for as many checkpoints as possible as they take part in the Gig Harbor Street Scramble.

The event, which begins at 10 a.m., is touted as is the largest Street Scramble in North America and the only free Street Scramble in the Puget Sound region.

The scramble is like a treasure hunt, in which participants go throughout town, trying to find as many of the 30 locations. People can take part on their own or in teams of two to five people.

Each of the checkpoints has a description such as “sculpture” or “road bend.” Participants can visit the checkpoints in any order, traveling on foot or bike. Use of motorized vehicles is not allowed.

To prove they were at the checkpoint, participants must answer a question such as “What is the second word on the sculpture plaque.”

After finding as many checkpoints as possible, participants return to the finish line before their time is up. Participants can pick 90 minutes or 3 hours to compete.

Organizers said the scramble is meant to encourage exploring; they are not trivia contests. To stay in the spirit of the contests, participants should visit the checkpoints. Wrong answers receive a point penalty.

Skansie Brothers Park on Harborview Drive will serve as the focal point for the scramble. There will be refreshments, music, interactive booths and presentation of awards after the scramble.

The event is free, but pre-registration is encouraged, organizers said. The first 200 to pre-register will receive a T-shirt. Registration also will be available the day of the event, but there is no guarantee participants will receive a T-shirt.

To register, pick up a registration brochure at the Tom Taylor Family YMCA, Gig Harbor Visitor Information Center, 3125 Judson St., or online at ymcapkc.org/streetscramble.

For more information, contact Kirstin Stave at the YMCA at 253-534-7870 or kstave@ymcapkc.org.

Another scramble is scheduled for June 15 at Tollefson Plaza on Commerce Street in Tacoma.

To learn more about what a Street Scramble is, or tp sign up for other events, go to streetscramble.com.

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