Ballard scavenger hunt to raise money for Parkinson’s research

On Saturday, September 30, there will be a Ballard scavenger hunt and fundraiser to raise money for Parkinson’s research. Known as the Adventure Race for Parkinson’s, the race will cover the community and several businesses in Ballard, with all proceeds going to the Northwest Chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA).

The race was first started in 2013 by a group of volunteers who decided to do something when a friend was diagnosed with Parkinson’s at 42. This year, they hope to raise $75,000 for Parkinson’s research.

Race participants will accumulate points by answering clues and completing challenges, with the top three teams winning prizes.  It starts at noon at the Trident Seafood parking lot (5303 Shilshole Ave NW) and ends with a post-race party at Peddler Brewing Company (1514 NW Leary Way). The race entry is $45 per person; registrations close at 11:59 pm on Thursday, Sept. 28.  Teams may consist of two to four members. Funds from registration fees, raffle, live auction, sponsorships and donations will go to the APDA.

“Ballard residents have a real advantage in this event – they know the neighborhood best! We have awesome prizes and it’s fun for all ages – couples, friends, families – our first year a family pushing a stroller won the grand prize” said Amy Barnes, co-founder of the event and 10-year Ballard resident.

For additional info, contact APDA Northwest Chapter Executive Director Jean Allenbach, at or 206-550-0444.

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