6 Runs to Chase Down This Spring

I started off this month by participating in the Spring Run for Fun at the Redmond Watershed. 

I had never signed up for a run before, but what drew me to this event was the fact that it was a trail run—it wasn’t flat, but hilly, muddy, and full of beautiful scenery. 

I guess I was ultimately hoping that I would be too distracted by the nature around me to even notice the distance.

Typical trail through Redmond Watershed. Photo courtesy of The City of Remond website.  

Typical trail through Redmond Watershed. Photo courtesy of The City of Remond website.  

It was a little colder then expected, and it rained the whole time, but the sense of accomplishment once you are done is amazing.

That being said, I hugely encourage any Seattle runners out there to sign up and participate in the many wonderful local runs happening this spring. 

You can find a complete list of runs within Washington at Running in the USA, but I listed a few here that look fun!  

 

Enthusiastic runners sprint off the start line at last year's St. Patty's Day Dash. Photo courtesy of the St. Patrick's Day Dash website.  

Enthusiastic runners sprint off the start line at last year's St. Patty's Day Dash. Photo courtesy of the St. Patrick's Day Dash website.  

St. Patrick’s Day Dash:

Kick off your St. Patty’s on a high note by participating in this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Dash on March 16, 2014.  This isn’t your typical race, but more along the lines of a celebration—everyone  wears green and is there to have fun.   All the proceeds are donated to four local organizations.  Not only that, but the Post Dash Bash is something you don’t want to miss, featuring live music, a costume contest, and the biggest St. Patrick’s Day beer garden you have ever seen!  So throw on some green and celebrate all that is Irish!

Dizzy Daze (12 hours):

The Dizzy Daze is on March 22, 2014 at Green Lake Park. Now, this isn’t your typical race—this race lasts 12 hours (from 7:00am-7:00pm) and it is all based around the 3.2 mile Green Lake loop.  Runners can circle the loop as many times as they want for up to 12 hours (hence the Dizzy Daze name).  So, if you are up for a challenge, why not go see how many times you can circle Seattle’s picturesque Green Lake this spring!

Whidbey Island Marathon:

Now, for anyone itching to get out of Seattle for the day, why not take a trip out to the beautiful Whidbey Island?  On April 13, 2014 the Island is hosting its annual Whidbey Island Marathon which offers a variety of distances for all types of runners: 1k (kids run), 5k, 10k, 13.1 miles (half marathon), and 26.2 miles (marathon).  So, take advantage of this event and go out and explore this well-known vacation spot just north of Seattle, but don’t leave without visiting the famous and always delicious Whidbey Island Pies & Café.

Photo courtesy of Seattle Magazine's Earth Day 5K Run website logo. 

Photo courtesy of Seattle Magazine's Earth Day 5K Run website logo. 

Seattle Magazine’s Earth Day Run:

This year, why not participate in the very popular Seattle Magazine’s Earth Day Run on April 19, 2014? This racecourse takes you along the beautiful Alki waterfront, and is one of the shorter races, only offering a 5k to the participants.  All the proceeds go directly to EarthCorps, a local organization focused on the Puget Sound.  It is a great cause and a perfect time of year to get out and embrace the warmer (hopefully sunnier) weather!

The Color Run:

The Color Run takes the color part...seriously. Photo courtesy of Sippy Cup Mom blog. 

The Color Run takes the color part...seriously. Photo courtesy of Sippy Cup Mom blog. 

The Color Run is an event that works to combine exercise with fun.  They like to refer to themselves as the “Happiest 5k on the Planet.” The Color Run is[MT1] unique, as it is hosted all across the world.  But, they are as positive as can be, literally turning their race into a festival of color, music, and celebration.  This is something you do not want to miss—sign up and join in the messy fun on May 19, 2014!

Fremont 5k and Briefcase Run:

The Fremont 5k and Briefcase Run consists of two different races.  In the Fremont 5k, participants must take on the course solo; but in the Briefcase Relay, a team of 5 must complete the distance by relaying a briefcase from runner to runner.   This event values fun above all else, and once you are done there is a beer garden to soothe your aching muscles. So, check it out on June 6, 2014 (it’s a Friday night), bring a costume, and just have a great time!

 

-Aryn Higgins, TWIF Blogger