Now that spring is officially here and the weather has changed, running season is upon us. Whether you are a hard core marathoner or weekend warrior, there is a new race in Seattle that is destined to grab your attention.
The Seattle Urban Trek, set to take place on April 27, is a new urban adventure race. Adventure racing is a team sport that will run or walk three-member teams throughout the downtown core to complete a series of checkpoints at many of the top tourist destinations in Seattle with fun challenges along the way.
Whether you are a lifelong Seattleite looking for a good excuse to see the tourist destinations in your hometown, a recent transplant looking for a crash course in the downtown core or a tourist looking for a unique way to experience the city, the Seattle Urban Trek will challenge your wit and grit and leave you and your teammates with many great memories along the way.
Teams will meet on the waterfront at Bell Harbor at 8 a.m. on Saturday April 27th. Once there, they will learn the checkpoints and have an hour to plot their course for a 9 a.m. start. This 7-10 mile course stretches from the Space Needle to the North, the Stadiums to the South, the waterfront to the West and I-5 to the East. There are many routes from which to choose to hit all the checkpoints. Some may be longer, some may have more hills, and some may have more pubs along the way so it will be up to individual teams to decide the best route for them.
On Monday, our entire Seattle Sports Commission team took a test run of the course. Hope you enjoy the pictures of us at the checkpoints. Or, are they the real checkpoints? Monday was April Fool’s Day. Did you really think we would tip the checkpoints this early?
Think the Space Needle will be a checkpoint? How about the Smith Tower or the Pike Place Market? Give us your best guess of 10 checkpoints and start plotting your course now.