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Ravenna Weeknight Run #1

RESULTS are posted, as are photos from the trail run  from Louise Lakier Photography.

Thank you Bronsa Swint from On The Ball Fitness for leading a Dynamic Stretching warm up prior to the run!

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Just north of the University District, Ravenna Park is one of Seattle’s most-coveted hideaways.  It’s easy to forget about the city once you enter the woods. Each course will direct runners through the park with trails lined with large trees that provide a lush canopy and along the creek that flows through the park.

There are three course options for this event:

  • 4.1 km (2.6 miles)
  • 8.2 km (5.1 miles)
  • 12.3 km (7.7 miles)

All courses start and finish by the picnic shelter in the meadow adjacent to the South parking lot off 20th Ave NE and NE 58th St. All courses use the same 4.1 km loop, with low to moderate climb (230 feet per loop) and nicely groomed forested trails. There are a few steeper pitches, but most of the course is gently sloping, as the course takes runners up and down the ravine.

Distances were measured using a measuring wheel, and climb was measured using the altimeter function of a Polar watch.

Aid station
There will be an aid station at the start/finish point, so runners doing the 8 km and 12 km distances will pass the aid station once and twice, respectively.

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.

Safety and Trail Etiquette
The trails will be open to other users during the event, including pedestrians and bicyclists (on the main ravine trail only.) Please be aware of other park users, and share the trail, so that we can continue to offer events like this.

Most of the trails are well-groomed and easily runnable, but there are a couple short segments with roots, bumps, or other uneven spots in a few places. As always in a trail run, it's important to pay attention to where you put your feet. There are a couple short boardwalks that may slippery if wet.

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.

Two days before run

Midnight - Pre-registration closes
 
Day of run
5:30 - 6:30 p.m.    Check in/event-day registration
6:10 p.m.    Raffle Announcements
6:35 p.m.    Pre-run briefing
6:45 p.m.    Start
8:30 p.m.    Course closes

The parking lot at Ravenna Park is very small (fewer than 30 spaces), so be prepared to find nearby street parking North (unrestricted, but a bit farther scenic walk) or South (2 hour limit between 7am and 8pm) of the park.

Here is a link to a map of the event location.

From I-5, heading Southbound from North Seattle, proceed South to exit 171.
Take exit 171 (NE 71st St), and stay left to get on the overpass across the freeway.
One long block after crossing I-5, turn right onto Roosevelt way NE.
Go about 10 blocks, then turn left onto NE Ravenna Blvd.
Go a little over half a mile, past the roundabout, then at the stop sign, turn left onto 20th Ave NE.
Proceed one long block, then bear right to enter the parking lot access road.
Check-in will be at the shelter in the meadow by the parking area.

From I-5, heading Northbound from downtown Seattle, SR-520, or I-90, proceed North to exit 170.
Take exit 170 (Ravenna Blvd), and turn right onto Ravenna Blvd NE at the end of the offramp.
Go approximately 0.7 miles, past a couple traffic lights and a roundabout, then at the stop sign, turn left onto 20th Ave NE.
Proceed one long block, then bear right to enter the parking lot access road.
Check-in will be at the shelter in the meadow by the parking area.

From Bellevue via SR-520, heading Westbound, take the Montlake Blvd exit (the first exit after crossing Lake Washington).
Continue North on Montlake Blvd for about 1 mile, which will take you across the Montlake Bridge and past Husky Stadium.
Bear left (you'll need to change lanes to the left) to continue going North onto 25th Ave NE.
After 0.7 miles and a couple traffic lights, turn left at a traffic light onto NE 55th St.
After one long block (the park will be on your right), turn right onto Ravenna Ave NE.
After one block, follow the bend to the left to get onto NE Ravenna Blvd.
After two blocks, turn right at the stop sign onto 20th Ave NE.
Proceed one long block, then bear right to enter the parking lot access road.
Check-in will be at the shelter in the meadow by the parking area.

Transit:
Several bus routes serve the Ravenna neighborhood, including Metro routes 30 and 74. Check Metro's Trip Planner for details. Enter a destination address of "2000 NE 58th St"

To search for a map on the web, enter the address:
2000 NE 58th St, Seattle, WA 98105
That is the parking lot entrance.

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