Tacoma Street Scramble

Sunday, June 15, 2013, 9:30 a.m.
Thirty checkpoints are marked on a map... how many can you find in 90 minutes or 3 hours? How far you go and whether you walk, run, or bike is up to you. However you move, everyone gets to turn the neighborhood into a great adventure, and see some terrific gems along the way! 
 
At this Tacoma edition of Street Scramble, you'll discover a unique blend of art, parks, industry, and waterfront. You can wander the Thea Foss Waterway, a grassy picnicker's delight and the Pacific Northwest's newest mixed-use waterfront community. You might also book it by the Tacoma Dome, the world's largest dome (with a wood frame) by volume. Plus there's Commencement Bay, Old Town, the Museum of Glass, and more!
 
DISTANCE
90-minute or 3-hour time limit
Go by foot or by bike
How far you go is up to you!
                
START
Tollefson Plaza
Commerce Street
Tacoma, WA
 
PARKING
There is paid parking nearby at Washington State History Museum, located at:
1911 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98402
 
Weekend rates are:
0-2 hours - $4.00
2-4 hours - $5.00
4-6 hours - $8.00
6-12 hours - $10.00
 
SCHEDULE
8:30 a.m. - Registration and Check-in opens 
9:30 a.m. - Maps issued and Instructions given
10:00 a.m. - Start!
 
Online pre-registration closes Thursday, June 12th at 11:59pm.
 
DAY-OF-EVENT REGISTRATION PRICES
Adults (22+) - $30
Adults w/ team member 12/under - $20
Juniors (13-21) - $20
Youth (6-12) - $10
Children 5/under - FREE
 
 
What is Street Scramble?
At Street Scramble,  participants are given a map with checkpoints circled on it and a short time period (usually 30 minutes) to decide which checkpoints they want to visit and their routes between them. To make it extra interesting- checkpoints have different point values and those who collect the most points are the winners! There are many divisions to compete in, including several family divisions, although you do not need to be competitive to enjoy Street Scramble.
 
Once the planning session is over, the race director gathers everyone, gives a short briefing, and upon shouting, "Everyone, SCRAMBLE!!" the race clock begins! Everyone goes dashing, walking, scooting, and bicycling away in different directions.
 
The checkpoints you're looking for are simply features in the cityscape, such as a statue or plaque. To prove that you've visited a checkpoint, you'll answer a multiple choice question on your answer sheet. 
 
Example Question: What is the statue holding?
Example Answers: A) Fish, B) Basket, C) Sword
 
Keep an eye on your watch so that you'll return to the finish line on time, or risk losing points for every minute you're late! However, one clever work-around if you've signed up for the 90-minute category and you think you'll be late: you can change your mind and participate in the 3-hour event instead!
 
After the finish, stick around. Awards are given out in eleven categories, and it's fun to compare routes and strategies with other teams.
 
More questions on how it works? Check out our What is it Like? page.

 

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