Race Preview: 2017 Great Salem Race

Grab a couple of friends on August 19 and head to Salem for the fun and creative Great Salem Race. This scavenger hunt race will send you and your team (2-4 members) around downtown Salem for an adventure that is sure to be a blast! Several years ago I managed to convince my husband, a non-runner, to do this race with me and it was so much fun! (Well, to be honest, I’m sure I had a lot more fun than he did – but he was a great sport.)


My husband and I completing a task at the Great Salem Race several years ago.

While it will be a little more challenging if you aren’t familiar with Salem, Google will do the trick in helping you find what you need. You’ll get clues at start time that send you to different locations or have you complete different tasks and take photos. While the Great Salem Race is different every year, our adventure included taking lots of photos around Salem based on things found in specific locations or activities we had to do. We did crazy things like convince someone to let us walk their dog, pick up trash, make a mini movie, rap in a coffee shop, and so much more.

Expect to travel about 3-5 miles (on foot, of course) around Salem for this family-friendly event. Costumes are encouraged and kids are welcome to join in on this event. There is a family division, which will be a shorter “course.”

Stick around after your team finishes for awards and the after party which includes games and food trucks. This affordable team event is put on by the Salem Young Professionals. 

Great Salem Race Details

Date: Saturday, August 19

Start Time: 10:00 A.M.
End Time: 12:00 P.M.

Location: Salem Convention Center, 200 Commercial St., Salem

Entry Fee: $39 for a team of 2-4
VIP Team of 2-4 (designed for businesses wanting to market their company) $150

Race Website: Click Here

About Annette Vaughan (495 Articles)
Annette Vaughan is a runner and personal trainer in Canby, Oregon. She began running at the age of 30 and became hooked after her first race (even though she is a self-proclaimed slow runner.) She enjoys small local races from 5Ks to half-marathons, with a 30K on the books as her longest run ever. She has also become a huge fan of obstacle course races and just can't get enough of them. Annette is a certified personal trainer, who believes in promoting movement since our bodies were designed to move. The more we move, the better we move and function in everyday life.
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