Not sure how to subtitle a blog post, but if I could it would be subtitled “The overly detailed, please stop over thinking everything guide to the unofficial PAX 5K.”
On Saturday Beth and I headed into Seattle to test out our 5K route. Us not really visiting Seattle much, we didn’t really know if there would be anything weird or anything we would have to worry about. We didn’t get there until later, so I am just going to assume it will be less crowded 2 hours earlier in the morning. As is, it wasn’t too crowded, it only got bad around the cruise terminal because people we trying to get on the boat. But even that was runnable if you didn’t mind dodging through people. There was also only one cross walk for the whole route!
So the starting point, it turns out that it is right in front of the Seattle Aquarium, and they had a big fountain! So that will make it easy for people to find.
From there, we run along the sidewalk/boardwalk for about 0.8 miles until you get to the trail. The road turns right, but there is a big fountain in front of you.
There is a asphalt path on the right hand side. Sticking on that looks like you get to avoid people standing and looking out over the water, but either way the paths meet back up. Basically from here on out take the trail next to the water. There are some amazing views out over the water, and a couple good views of the Space Needle as it pokes out between the buildings. At about 1.4 miles the trail has collapsed and there are some fencing around it. It is a rather small section, so you can just run around the fenced in part and get back on the trail.
From here there isn’t much left, you are almost at the turn around point, two small piles of rocks.
This might technically be a little further out than a 5k, but there is only so much precision we can give. Just turn around and retrace you steps. It should be fairly easy since it is basically and out and back with no turns and most of the choices you do have basically will end up connecting you back with the other choices. The run is also FLAT! Well, about as flat as your could expect. My Garmin said that we had a total of 80 feet of elevation gain.
This run showed me how out of shape I have gotten. It felt much harder than I remember 5Ks being during marathon training, but it was beautiful and fun with get to run with Beth. See you there!
UPDATE: Apparently the overly detailed entry had everything except for when the 5K would take place. It is Saturday the 31st at 8:30am.