Part of the fun of the warmer weather is spending more time outdoors with family and friends. One of the things our MRTT group loves to do in summer, is a Scavenger Hunt Run. We invite all the kids and husbands to come on out and join us which always makes for more fun. We are fortunate enough to have the help of our local Road Runner Sports store to organize this with us but you can certainly set up something like this on your own with your running besties. Here’s how to do it:
Location, Location, Location
Ideally you want a starting spot with ample parking and that is close by potential fun spots (running stores, local landmarks, restaurants, yoga studios, gyms) that you can run to. We try to keep our stops within a one mile radius for the runs with the families.
Recruit Local businesses
Local businesses are usually quite willing to help out if you ask them in advance and many will also offer to donate a prize for your raffle. It’s free advertising for them. For example, a spot on your scavenger hunt could be to run a local yoga studio and do a tree pose in front or inside. Gets them some exposure and makes for a fun stop for the kids too. Another idea, run to a crossfit studio and take a pic doing burpees outside.
Map it out
Have a map or cue sheet available to all your runners so they can easily find the stops and visit as many as possible. Decide how many points or tickets each stop is worth and how your friends can keep track of them. Last night we took photos of the various stops on the list, came back to the store and got points for each one.
It’s fun to have a random raffle for running related or local business items. As I mentioned, lots of the small businesses will donate coffee, a free yoga class or discount at a restaurant for your running group. We have found that the mention of prizes get lots of our moms to attend and the kids just love it. Thanks to Road Runner Sports who generously donated a pair of shoes and a shirt to 2 of our members.
We went with the always popular post scavenger hunt pizza last night. It’s easy and all the kids love it. Road Runner hosts monthly Adventure Runs where they offer post run beer.
Summer is the best time to host these fun scavenger hunts that get our member’s families involved as well. Tell me-have you done a Scavenger Hunt run? Do you think your BRF’s would like to organize one?
Fit n Fashionable Friday (Nicole)