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Ballard Street Scramble

Saturday, May 17, 2014, 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. Everyone gets to turn the neighborhood into a great adventure, and see some terrific gems along the way! 

For the first time, Street Scramble Ballard will coincide with 17th Day of May festival, one of the largest Norwegian gatherings in the whole world! Beginning at the Nordic Heritage Museum, you'll see Ballard awash in Scandinavian pride-- flags on every corner, people in traditional dress, food vendors selling traditional treats, music performances, a parade, games, and more. 

Plus, there are waterfront views, shipyards, pocket parks, and many other fun things to see in this neighborhood. 
Also, thanks to our local sponsors, there are a few special checkpoints in store!
PLAY-A-GAME checkpoint by Card Kingdom
The Play-a-Game checkpoint is back, thanks to Card Kingdom! Here's how it works: Visit this checkpoint just like you would any other: navigate to it, then correctl answer a multiple-choice question about a feature in the landscape to prove that you were there, and you will earn points for visiting that checkpoint.
The TWIST is that you will have an opportunity to play a game and earn even more points! Here's the game that you'll be playing:
FUDGE-TASTING checkpoint by Sweet Mickey's
Yum! At this checkpoint, you'll ask a staff person the question that's printed on your answer sheet and their answer will be the one you need to circle. Plus, you can sample their fudge too!
COOKIE checkpoint by Ristorante Picolino's
This is one tasty Street Scramble! Stop by Ristorante Picolino's and show them your Street Scramble Ballard map for a complimentary cookie. There will be a checkpoint here as well.
TEAM PHOTO* checkpoint by Clover Toys 
Capture your team's spirit and stop by Clover Toys to get your picture taken with fun toys and props! We'll post the photos to Facebook and the team with the most creative or enthusiastic photo will WIN free entry into Street Scramble Tacoma (June 15th, 2014) AND a cotton Street Scramble t-shirt for each team member! Hint: showing up in costumes, particularly Nordic ones, will help your chances!
*There will be a regular checkpoint here that does not require having your photo taken. Having your photo taken will not earn you any additional points, though it is a lot of fun and you can win a prize!
KIND Snacks supports KIND acts!
KIND wants to know: what act of KINDness have you committed recently? Share your story on our Facebook page or by e-mailing Rebecca at REBECCA@MERGEO.COM, and your team may be selected to represent KIND for the day and win some tasty KIND swag!
Grab your viking hat, and join us on a Scandinavian adventure!
90-minute or 3-hour time limit.
Go on foot or by bike
How far you go is up to you!
3014 NW 67th Street
Seattle, WA 98117 
*Please find street parking near the venue. Nordic Heritage Museum is located in a residential neighborhood and there is plenty of free street parking in the area. There is a parking lot in front of the museum, but we ask that you leave these parking spaces for less mobile visitors.
Photo courtesy of Nordic Heritage Museum
8:30 a.m. - Registration and Check-in opens 
9:30 a.m. - Maps issued and Instructions given
10:00 a.m. - Start!
Adults (22+) - $30
Adults w/ team member 12/under - $20
Juniors (13-21) - $20
Youth (6-12) - $10
Children 5/under - FREE
When registering, you'll have the option to add a bright and comfy 100% cotton tee for just $10! You can also order a shirt online at

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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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