Millbrae residents set to scramble, win 

If you had a map with 30 locations marked throughout town, could you hit them all on foot or on a bike in 90 minutes? How about three hours?

Organizers of the second annual Millbrae Street Scramble are extending that challenge to the community as they gear up for this weekend’s dash around town.

Lifelong Millbrae resident Terry Harrah and her partner Eric Bone, both experts in the sport of orienteering, say it’s a great way to learn about an area in a short period of time.

Harrah and Bone are avid orienteering fans and participate in similar events throughout the country. In the absence of a true-to-life forest in these parts, the pair opted to make the sport more accessible for people by giving it an urban twist.

Participants, either solo or organized in a team of two to five, are let loose in the city armed with just a map and their ability to get themselves from one point of the map to another, in separate challenges lasting either 90 minutes or three hours.

"The goal is to give people the opportunity to explore Millbrae," Harrah said. "It’s like a citywide treasure hunt."

Regular orienteering often takes place in the woods, where the goal is to stay on a path and find specific locations scattered throughout. Harrah said that one of the biggest parts of the learning curve is keeping oneself oriented on the map.

"It’s my favorite sport now," Harrah said. "It combines physical activity, usually in nature, and problem solving."

At each location, there will be a question related to the surroundings that can only be answered if the team made it to that spot.

Mayor Marc Hershman, who will count down to the start of the race, also plans on participating this year for the first time. A newcomer to orienteering, Hershman said he’s interested in testing his skills.

"I’m really looking forward to it," Hershman said.

For those seeking to challenge themselves further, another orienteering challenge will take place June 2 with the 16-hour San Francisco Night & Day Challenge spanning all of The City.

The Millbrae Street Scramble will begin at 10:00 a.m. Saturday at Constitution Plaza, 1 Library Ave. Registration and check-in starts at 8:30 a.m. Event fees are $20 general, $15 junior/senior, $5 ages 6-12, $35 maximum or per family.

Full details can be found at or by calling (650) 697-6359.

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