The absolute best day in computer class was Fridays when we got to play Oregon Trail. For four days a week it was about finger placement, typing speed, and spelling accuracy. But for one glorious half-hour a week, I got to name five friends to try and survive the perilous trek out west. Although typing skills have been more useful than my deer “hunting” ones, those were the days when I learned how cool computers could be. And some kiddos in my life have a handheld version of the game so I know it’s still cool.
This July you can try out the adventure too, but outside of the computer screen. The Oregon Trail Game 5K has you running around Oregon City and making decisions just like in the game. Will you ford the river or take the ferry? Hunt for deer or keep going another day? The goal isn’t just to finish the race but to make it to Oregon without dying in dysentery. Runners receive a timed score and a game score.
New this year is an 8-bit t-shirt so you can show off your gaming and running at the exact same time. And kids can join an adult for the 5K at a reduced price or participate in their own free event.
Come join in the 5th annual race, and then stick around on Main Street for their 10th Annual First City Celebration. Way cooler than the computer game (and less chance of losing a wagon wheel).
Oregon Trail Game 5K (Oregon City)
When: Saturday, July 13. 5K at 9am. Kids Run at 10:15am.
Where: 9th Street & Main Street in Oregon City
Packet Pick-Up: Thursday July 11 4-6pm or Friday July 12 4-6pm at Providence Willamette Falls Community Center (519 15th Street), or Race Day 8-8:45am.
Cost: 5K is $50. $15 for kids (with an adult). Kids Run is Free.