Lace up those running shoes and finish the look with an eye patch, bandana and hand hook — all to raise a few doubloons for a good cause. This year, Seafair is partnering with the Seattle Ronald McDonald House once again with its Michelob ULTRA Seafair Torchlight Run, complete with a 5K and 8K run along the Seafair Parade route, a pirate costume contest for adults and children and a post-race bash with a beer garden and live entertainment. Participants will have the option of teaming with boxing champion Queen Underwood.
The goal is to have each participant raise at least $100 in donations through their own personalized fundraising webpage, and each runner who meets it will be entered in a drawing to win prizes and gift certificates to local businesses. All the donations directly benefit the Seattle Ronald McDonald House, which serves more than 700 seriously ill children who receive medical treatment at Seattle Children’s Hospital and their families; a donation of $25 sponsors covers a one-night stay for a family. You can also make a donation here.
The race will begin at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, June 27 at Seattle Center on Second Avenue and Thomas Street. Participants will go through Pioneer Square to Royal Brougham near stadiums CenturyLink Field and Safeco Field, where those running the entire 8K will make a U-turn. People running either the 5K or 8K will be able to enjoy the beautiful scenic views from the Alaskan Way Viaduct, which include Elliot Bay, the Seattle skyline and the Olympic Mountains. Click here to view the race route map.
After making their return to the Seattle Center, participants can celebrate with a post-race party with free food starting at 7:30 p.m., live entertainment, awards and prizes. Those 21 and older can also access the beer garden, which will be serving Michelob ULTRA and other beverages. The party and beer garden will close at 10 p.m.
One of the runners participating in the fundraiser will be Queen Underwood, a six-time boxing national boxing champion; bronze medalist at the World Games in Barbados; and a gold medalist in the 2012 USA Olympic Trials. She was also a three-sport athlete in track & field, basketball and cross country for Garfield High School, where she graduated in 2002. Participants can register to meet and run alongside her while wearing red, white and blue.
Register online or in-store at Super Jock ‘N Jill, Sound Sports, Run26, Fleet Feet Sports, South Sound Running (Tacoma and Olympia locations), West Seattle Runner, Road Runner Sports (Greenlake, Bellevue and Kent locations) and Born to Run (Seattle and Bellevue locations). To be guaranteed an official 2013 Torchlight Run Brooks Technical Tee, participants must register before 11:59 p.m Thursday, July 25.
WHEN: Thursday, July 27 at 6:30 p.m.
305 Harrison St.
Seattle, WA 98109
*The race begins between Second Avenue and Thomas Street
Registration costs $35 between June 10 through July 26 and $40 July 27; it will be open from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. on the day of the race. Please click here to register.
PARKING: For parking information, please click here.