Get ready, set, PokemonGo

POKEMON WALK: Organiser Valerie Staunton (Pikachu) with Jackson (Ash) and Hunter (Pokeball).

POKEMON WALK: Organiser Valerie Staunton (Pikachu) with Jackson (Ash) and Hunter (Pokeball).

PORT Lincoln saw its first ever PokemonGo community walk on Sunday, September 11 with almost 100 Pokemon trainers of all ages and families taking part.

Raine and Horne Port Lincoln hosted the event and sales consultant Valerie Staunton, dressed as Pikachu, led the walk, announcing the challenges along the way, supported by Trish Prout who had the job of walking ahead and setting Poke Lures on PokeStops to attract the Pokemon.

Raine and Horne staff were on hand to take registrations, provide players with maps, water bottle and wrist bands for discounts at local businesses.

The team was met with many thank yous for arranging the walk and one grandparent said how wrapped he was with the game and the walk as “it had the kids out of the house and off of the couch”.

The first lure was set at the yacht club end of the foreshore lawns while registrations were taken, providing a bonus opportunity to catch some more Pokemons before the start.

With kick off at 10am the first challenge was announced – the Lowest CP Pokemon to be caught between the start and the next stop with 10 minutes at the next stop.

After a very short walk to the Henry Houston shelter opposite the Tasman Hotel and 10 quick minutes catching a few Pokemon, six PokemonGo players had caught the same low CP Pokemon. 

A quick Rock Paper Scissors challenge decided the winner for the first prize.

The second challenge was set for the walk to Makybe Diva, the next for the walk to the Fig Tree adjacent Port Lincoln Hotel, where participants were able to have a quick drink while catching some rare Pokemon.

The next challenge was set for the walk and stop at Eyre Park, including a quick stop at the Raine and Horne office to refill water bottles and recharge batteries.

The Eyre Park challenge of the Heaviest Voltorb caught proved difficult but in the dying seconds about half the participants caught the same heaviest Voltorb.

A count back was required to the person with the next highest Pokemon.

The walkers trudged up the hill to the Old Mill, where a group photo was taken.

The challenge of the lowest CP Ekans proved too difficult as no one caught one so it was carried over to the next stop at Pioneer Park with an additional challenge.

The players got to fight it out in the PokeGym at Pioneer Park and the challenge at this stop also proved difficult but was awarded for the highest CP Poison type Pokemon.

The group then took the short stroll down to Flinders Park where the sausages were sizzling.

The bonus challenges for the walk were the first to catch a Squirtle and the most Pokemon caught during the walk, which was 91.

Prizes were awarded for a couple of the best dressed walkers – the Instinct player in the handmade, crocheted MagiKarp hat and Instinct attire and The Mystic delivery boy.

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