Everett Street Scramble

Everett Street Scramble routeGreg, Emmett, Elizabeth, Laura, and I did the Everett Street Scramble on a very rainy Saturday. The rain forecast for noon arrived about 8 AM and lasted throughout the early afternoon, so we were quite soaked. Turns out this also reduced the participation in the scramble — there were only 2 teams in the Family / Bike division: Teriyaki Donut, which is Greg and Emmett, and Maybe He’ll Nap, with Elizabeth, Laura, and yours truly.

We decided to do a southern route first, planning on shooting north if we had time. It turned out we managed to forget the cover to the trailer, so we ended up rigging a shield using spare map cases and duct tape. It worked OK, but Laura got very cold and was in some distress, so we didn’t end up going all that fast. At Point 53 (the offshoot about mile 9), we stopped for a bit, dried out the trailer, and make Laura a garbage bag parka. This worked well and made her more comfortable, so we made decent time back up to downtown Everett. We made a few hill mistakes quickly though — the next point was in Forest Park. We went down a huge downhill, and then had to huff right back uphill to Point 41. Then, we circled around on Mukilteo Blvd going down and back up a steep hill, versus staying high and taking Federal due north. But hey, we needed some exercise.

In the end, we arrived about 15 minutes early (so 2:45 total), and had earned 590 points, which was good enough for 2nd place in Family / Bike, and 3rd overall. A solo cyclist was second overall, and Greg & Emmett, the other Family / Bike team, took first with a whopping 920 points. They took a northerly route first, correctly going for a flatter route initially. Then they cruised south and took most of the points.

Overall, I’m reasonably pleased with how we did… I think for any future ones, a map case on the handlebars would be key just to keep track of where we’re going. Plus, extra clothes for Laura — the rain was a killer!

As always, for your enjoyment, the HR stats. Lap markers indicate when we hit a point.

Everett Street Scramble HRM

Street Scramble

From the official Street Scramble site:


Saturday, June 9, 10 AM – Everett

Friday, June 22, 7 PM – Seward Park

Saturday, July 7, 10 AM – Ballard

Saturday, July 21-22, Night & Day at Green Lake

Sunday, July 29, Pike’s Place Market

Saturday, September 1, 10 AM, Puyallup

Sunday, September 23, 10:30 AM, Fremont. Foot only!

Tuesday, October 9, Yakima

Saturday, December 8, 10 AM, Pike’s Place Market. Foot only!

Street Scramble can be enjoyed by anyone who (a) can travel under their own power for 90 minutes – walking, running, biking, wheelchair, skating, or scootering, (b) can follow a street map, and (c) likes to explore.*Map fragmentMap fragmentWhen you arrive at Street Scramble, you will register (or check in, if you pre-registered). Then, a half hour before the start time, you will receive a map with about thirty checkpoint locations circled. Each circle has a number between 10 and 99. The point value of the checkpoint is equal to its number rounded down to the tens; for example, checkpoint 35 is worth 30 points; checkpoint 12 is worth 10 points. You will also receive a scorecard with a description of a feature to be found at each checkpoint, such as “statue of woman” or “public pier”. PlanningPlanningYou (together with your team, if you have a team) will then plan which checkpoints you will try to visit, and in what order. You can visit as many or as few checkpoints as you want, and in any order. Your team will need to stay together at all times. You can change your plan as you go along, but it’s very helpful to at least start with some kind of plan.A few minutes before the start there will be a pre-Scramble briefing where the event director will review rules and safety.There will be a countdown to the start after which you will head out to visit checkpoints. Again, your team must stay together at all times. Checkpoints are found at the exact centers of the circles on the map. When you arrive at a checkpoint location, look for the feature described on the scorecard. You will answer a simple multiple-choice question, found on your scorecard, to prove you were there. Example:

Statue of woman: What is the last word on the plaque next to the statue? (a) Arts (b) Commission (c) Space

Circle the correct answer and proceed to another checkpoint.To participate in the 90 minute option, you must return to the event center within 90 minutes. To participate in the 3 hour option, return within 3 hours. You can decide which option you want while you’re out there. Returning on time requires planning!

The map is usually a USGS topographical map. The map will have only a few street names on it, so it will be important for you to keep track of where you are on the map. Because the USGS updates its maps infrequently, the map will not be completely up to date and you will see streets and buildings on the map that no longer exist– an interesting window into the past.

When you return, you will turn in your scorecard. It is important to be on time because you will lose points for each minute you are late. We will keep your scorecard, but you get to take your map home with you. We will tally your score while you enjoy refreshments, included in your entry fee. After refreshments (40 to 60 minutes after the finish), award ribbons will be given out for those with the highest scores in different categories.

* Strollers and power wheelchairs are OK for those who need them. If you can’t read a map, you can be on a team with someone who can.

Night and Day Street Scramble

Because 2 days of riding last weekend wasn’t enough:

Ruben, Elias, Matthew, (Greg’s) Omar and I went on the Night and Day Challenge http://www.nightanddaychallenge.com/ (a Street Scramble http://www.streetscramble.com/) as the Pastry Powered T(o)uring Machines (although sans jerseys). Greg and Elizabeth did a 7 hour challenge.

I had Elias on our trail a bike, Ruben had Omar (who weights more) on our mountain bike with nobby tires. AND I made him carry the backpack. Still with all that handicap, the guy STILL killed me up the hills.

There was only 1 hill I couldn’t make it up: the 2nd hill up Madison. Just wayyyy too steep. I did make it up from the water to Lake Washington Blvd, not a bad feat!

http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=314159. Turn on the elevation for a good laugh. And then imagine those hills pulling about 70 extra pounds up on a wiggly trail-a-bike.

Now we wound up scoring 640 points (out of 3000, but usually a 3 hour scramble is only out of 1000 points…) and we got with 5 minutes to spare. We took 2nd place. Ok it was 2nd place out of two teams, but I had 3 newbies on my team AND the first place team scores 660. Ruben and I are trying to figure out HOW we could have gotten just 20 or 30 extra points in those last 5 minutes, but we were worried we couldn’t get back up any hills in time (you’re docked 10 points for every minute your back late…)