Due to Hood to Coast, the Tualatin Discovery Run was moved to this Thursday, August 31.
The Discovery Run is a very fun, family-friendly, walker-friendly scavenger hunt-style run from the Tualatin Road Runner Sports store in the Nyberg Woods Shopping Center. The run starts at 6:30p, when a large map is revealed with the various checkpoints. Some of them are inside local businesses and some are along the Discovery Trail, in nearby Brown’s Ferry Park, or by the Tualatin Commons (they vary each month). You run or walk to a checkpoint, do a little task (like throwing a water balloon to a target), and then collect a raffle ticket. The run period is open for an hour, at which time everyone returns to Road Runner and turns in their raffle tickets to see if they will win a prize.
I went last month for the first time and had a lot of fun. I met some friends there early to get my “real run” in – we ran along the river in Brown’s Ferry Park – and then walked the Discovery Run with my husband and two kids. We brought the double stroller, as my kids are only 5 and 2, but they both ran a good distance along the Discovery Trail and had a blast doing the various challenges at the checkpoints. Walking, we made it to three checkpoints, and we were back in plenty of time to get settled for the raffle.
During the raffle, those 21+ can enjoy a free beer as participants spread out around the fenced off area of the parking lot. My husband and kids headed to McDonald’s for their reward, as the raffle portion of the event is probably a little boring for such little kiddos, but it was nice to have a chance to sit and talk with my running friends and exciting when one of them won a raffle prize.
This is a really fun event – and it’s free – so I hope to see you there this Thursday!