Outdoors

Gig Harbor Street Scramble set for May 23

The Gig Harbor Street Scramble, a treasure hunt through the community, will return to Skansie Brothers Park on May 23.

The street scramble takes participants to 30 locations marked on a map, handed out 30 minutes before the event starts. Each of the checkpoints has a description such as “sculpture” or “road bend.”

Participants can go to the checkpoints in any order, but must do so on foot or bike. Using a motorized vehicle is prohibited.

To prove participants were at a checkpoint, they must answer a question such as “What is the second word on the sculpture plaque?” The questions are meant to be a means of exploring the community, and are not trivia questions.

Individuals and teams have 90 minutes or three hours to get to as many checkpoints as they can and return to the starting park. You earn points for each checkpoint successfully visited.

The free family event serves as the kickoff for summer outdoor season in Gig Harbor, according to Karen Scott, community spokeswoman. She said the Gig Harbor event is the largest street scramble in North America and the only free event in the Puget Sound region.

Other events will be held in Ballard, Redmond, the Fremont Oktoberfest, Kirkland and Seattle.

The Gig Harbor event will start at 10 a.m. at the park, 3207 Harborview Drive. While the event is free, preregistration is encouraged. The first 200 to preregister receive a T-shirt. Registration will also be available at the event, but no T-shirt is guaranteed.

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