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Best Running Scavenger Hunt

Five riddled clues were given to a group of about 40 runners on a hot summer afternoon. After taking off down High Street, we darted across town making our way to Sam Bond’s Brewery, the downtown farmers market blocks and the island in the middle of the Alton Baker Park duck pond, where a group of Pokémon-hunting teens asked, “Why are you running?” We didn’t quite make it through our list of destinations, but we stuck around for the raffle and beers that followed our hour-long running adventure.

Run Hub Northwest put together the event that was totally free. Almost everyone won something, and the grand prize was a pair of running shoes. Run Hub does running scavenger hunts right — walkers and all paces are welcome to all of their events, and the staff can answer any of your running questions. After their events, join them for a meal; they usually have an informal dinner at a local spot following runs. 

Lauren Moe with Run Hub says, “We want to be a hub for running events.” Around 50 people have been showing up for Wednesday Night runs, she adds. The idea behind the scavenger hunt events came from a couple of running stores in Salem, Portland and Seattle, where a few hundred people show up to those events. The Run Hub crew wants to provide more of a social connection for people in the running and walking community. The store hosts all levels of running groups, destination runs and stroller runs. “We want to provide something fun for people to come out to do,” 

Moe says. Run Hub will host a few holiday runs and people are encouraged to dress up. Run Hub is located at 515 High Street; see runhubnw.com.