The Seattle Stairway Walks people are getting ready for what they’re calling an “Epic Seattle Solstice Stairway Run” – and, it really is pretty epic.
The 16 hour run starts this Saturday, June 21, in West Seattle at the crack of dawn (5:12am) and works its way to Queen Anne, where the run will end at sundown (9:12pm) at the top of Galer St.
Organizer and Queen Anne resident Michael Yadrick found inspiration in urban stairway treks in other cities such as Los Angeles. The all-day run celebrates the Solstice with 63 miles, 80 stairways, and an elevation gain of 11,500 feet. The list of stairs was created by Doug Beyerlein of publicstairs.com. He’s been working for years to highlight public stairways in Seattle and other cities, and Yadrick credits him with identifying key stairways on the run.
The day-long route is not for the couch potato, but runners of all levels are welcome to join in for all or part of the route. The overall run will be at an ultra pace, 16 hours of running at about a 15:30/mile pace.
Since the run wraps up on top of Queen Anne, you can plan to join anywhere along the route or just cheer the runners on! Here’s the info on the Queen Anne section of the run:
6th Section: Queen Anne! Mile 57 to 63, 15 stairways, 1,533 ft gain and 1,143 ft loss. Estimated start time of the Queen Anne Section at Dravus & 15th at 7:45 PM. Notable sights and landmarks along the way: Queen Anne Greenways, Kinnear Park, Kerry Park, Lake Union, Westlake Stairclimb (4 consecutive stairways, and the biggest and best for last at 536 steps): Sunset.
Here’s the Queen Anne section map (click for a larger view):
If you’re interested in doing the whole Solstice Stairway Run or just joining part of the route, check out their Facebook page. You can post any questions on the page or contact the organizer via email. Photos will be posted on the Facebook page during the run next Saturday, so Queen Anne stairways are sure to make an appearance!