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Summer Series SEWARD PARK

Summer Series: Seward Park
4.2mi & 10k
Tuesday, August 12

Seward Park

Situated on a peculiar peninsula, Seward Park provides perhaps one of the greatest contrasts in Seattle: 100+ acres of old growth forest, just minutes from the city center. The event follows a loop that is almost entirely in the forest, so there is plenty of opportunity to enjoy views of the majestic old-growth forest-- with graceful Western Red Cedar and towering Douglas Fir-- that make Seward Park distinctive. The Friends of Seward Park affectionately dub this the "Magnficient Forest."

The Summer Evening Trail Series takes place on 6 Tuesday evenings in some of the most verdant running destinations that are conveniently located within the Seattle and Eastside areas. Distances are short, ranging from 4k to 10 miles. 

This trail run is the fifth of six events in the Summer Trail Series.



4.2mi: $20 / 22 / 25 / 30
10K: $23 / 26 / 30 / 35
Super early registration prices end April 1st at 11:59pm.
Early registration prices end July 23rd at 11:59pm.
Regular pre-registration prices end Sunday, August 10th at 11:59pm.
Day-of-event registration is available. We can accept payment by cash or check payable to MerGeo or Northwest Trail Runs.
Day of run
5:30pm -- Day-of-event registration opens
6:30pm -- Start
8:15pm -- Course closes
The loop route starts out on the wide and smooth main trail, which is flat-to-rolling before dipping downhill toward the tip of the peninsula. Just before the main trail emerges from the forest onto the waterfront promenade, the course takes a left turn onto the smaller trails that climb and traverse the Western side of the peninsula. A few-hundred-meter segement of this return stretch features a twisty-turny section, with several fmall fallen trees to leap over and some roots and other bumps to negotiate. This will give most runners a breather as they slow down a bit before the trails get wider and straighter again toward the end of the loop.
Aid/Refreshments There will be an aid station adjacent to the start/finish point, so 4.2-mile runners will pass it once during their run, and 10km runners will pass it twice.
The aid station will have at least water and some sort of carbohydrate-rich food, such as pieces of bagel, fruity candy, fig bars, cookies, and/or bananas. There will likely be a few choices of these foods, along with electrolyte-replacement drink.
Here are directions to Seward Park by bus and by car provided by Seattle Parks & Recreation. (opens in a new window)
Parking is available at the park. Here is a Google Map showing the location of the parking lot at Seward Park. Registration will be just to the West of this parking lot and the start/finish will be just to the north of the parking lot. See the course map for clarification.
Safety and Trail Etiquette

The trails will be open to other users during the event, including pedestrians with pets.

Participants are responsible for their own safety while participating, and the organizers are neither qualified nor equipped to render medical care in the event of a serious injury. In case of an emergency, call 9-1-1. You are encouraged to bring a cell phone with you as a safety precaution, if you wish.

Where the trails are narrow, please let other participants pass you if they want to get by. It is a passing runner's job to tell the person in front that they wish to pass.



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