Active City Spotlight: Seattle


Places to Run

Green Lake Park north of downtown is a beautiful urban park, and a popular spot for runners.

The park surrounds Green Lake, and a 2.8-mile well-maintained path circles the lake. That's good enough, but show up for a run and you'll be surrounded by people picnicking, playing tennis and softball, walking their dogs, swimming and more. You truly get a sense that you're experiencing Seattle like the locals do.

Other popular routes:

Downtown: The Elliott Bay Trail is a 5-mile route along the shoreline of downtown Seattle, with separate paths for runners and cyclists. It passes through Myrtle Edwards Park and Olympic Sculpture Park. The views of the Seattle skyline and the Puget Sound are worth it.

Madison Park: The Arboretum Waterfront Trail is a scenic exploration of Washington Park and the famous arboretum within it. It's also close to the campus of the University of Washington if you want to stretch your run out.

Races to Remember

The Seattle Marathon started in 1970 with 38 runners. The 2013 race, on December 1st, will bring more than 15,000 runners to the streets of Seattle.

The race starts and finishes right next to the iconic Space Needle in downtown, goes across the floating bridges into Mercer Island and along the shores of Lake Washington.

The race also has a half marathon and 5K the same day.

Other well-known races include:

  • The Shore Run is in its 36th year and has breathtaking course with views of Mount Rainier, Lake Washington, Mount Baker and more. A 10K and 5K are offered.
  • The Rock 'N' Roll Marathon and Half Marathon takes place in downtown Seattle every June. Seattle's rich music history is celebrated with bands on each mile of the course.

Stores to Check Out

Super Jock 'n Jill (7210 E. Green Lake Drive) is easily one of the more popular running stores in Seattle. The family business has been around since 1975 and is staffed with experts on running shoes, clothes and apparel.

Plus, it's right across the street from the aforementioned Green Lake Trail. Buy some shoes, cross the street and break them in!

Other running stores include:

  • Everyday Athlete, 11829 98th Avenue NE in Kirkland
  • Seven Hills Running Shop, 3139 Government Way, is devoted to trail runners.

One Last Tip

City Running Tours is a local running buddy for-hire. Sign up for a run of any distance and tell your guide exactly what you want to see—the Pike Place Market, the best coffee shops, and the Space Needle are popular choices. Your guide will draw up a route, meet you at your hotel, and run with you—pointing out different interesting tidbits along the way.

More: 6 Tips for Running While You Travel

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About the Author

Ryan Wood

Ryan Wood is an editor for He enjoys a good ride and loves participating in endurance events throughout the year. Follow him on Google+.
Ryan Wood is an editor for He enjoys a good ride and loves participating in endurance events throughout the year. Follow him on Google+.

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