Pokemon Go and the Athlete

The newly released Pokemon Go game has had much said about the fact that many pasty faced kids have made their way out of the basement and into fresh air to capture and train their pocket monsters.  The popularity can’t go unnoticed as the obvious head down, face in phone walk can be seen in most metropolitan areas.

Well, being the creative I am I took a shot at combining the popularity of this game with the mid week conditioning for the Snohomish Panthers.

Setting a few lures at select parts of town I sent small groups on a hunt for pokemon.  It was a race to get back tied for a requirement to reach specific destinations as well as capture specific pokemon.

40 minutes later the RB group returned reaching all four lures, having more than 15 total new pokemon captured made up of 5 pidgey’s, 3 rattata’s, 2 weedle’s, and 5 miscellaneous. Not too hard, but specific targets that forced the groups to work competitively against each other.

Keys should you want to run your own…

  1. Learn/Play the game.  Yup download the game and catch and train a few.  Ha, I’m level 15 now and still improving.
  2. Remember that lures are only good for half an hour.  Pick your poke stop locations (where you set the lures) carefully so they are not too far apart for you to easily make them set or for the group to run between.  If their not cross country or distance runners, they likely won’t benefit much by sending them for miles of running.
  3. Know which pokemon are most common in your area.  Again play the game.  Different areas of the world (your community) are likely to have certain pokemon and others not so much.
  4. Pick a single person in each group to be the official game player.  While they all may want to use their account to capture pokemon, and they can, there can be only one who’s the official account for the Poke-Run.  Their profile page journal will log the exact time of each capture (so you know they caught it during the race) and when they get it working again, there is a map at the bottom of the individual pokemons card showing where it was captured.  You can decide how closely you want to monitor.
  5. Set up in advance cards for each group telling them the order of poke stops to visit.  Have them all go to them in a different order to keep the streets a little more clear. It also allowed me to make a slightly easier (and shorter) course for the big boys vs the smaller speedy athletes.

In the end it proved to be a good mid-summer change up to the various temp runs we’ve been doing for conditioning.  It also proved to be slightly less work than an all out scavenger hunt.  We’ll likely visit it again.

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