January 27, 2011
“Around the Market in 80 Minutes” takes game players around the Market in a timed and scored contest for prizes. Team up or go solo in the newest game in town, which takes place one Sunday each month through June from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Players will search high and low for 10 Market destinations based on clues in the “Passport” they receive at the beginning of the game. Passports are free, available on each game day starting at 11 a.m. at the check-in tent near Rachel, the bronze piggybank.
Each player needs to go to at least five of the destinations to qualify. When players arrive at each correct destination, a “Customs Agent” will stamp their “Passport” and give them a randomly chosen sticker that goes on the “Passport.” The stickers play a role in helping participants get the lowest score possible.
That’s right—the person with the lowest score wins a prize!
Each participant turns in his or her “Passport” upon completion. Any tie is broken by the fastest completed “Passport.”
The dates for the other “Around the Market in 80 Minutes” are as follows:
June 26 – the Championship, with previous winners invited to vie for the Grand Prize.
“With all the renovation work happening this winter and spring, we wanted to have fun in spite of the dust,” said James Haydu, Director of Marketing and Programs for the Pike Place Market PDA. “The Market is open during all construction work happening during the renovation. That’s why every participant gets a yellow construction hat when they start the game, while supplies last.”