Update: West Seattleites run 80 Seattle stairways in 1 day!

June 21, 2014 at 10:05 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle people, WS & Sports | 13 Comments

This makes the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon sound like a walk in the park! From Jake Jaramillo of Seattle Stairway Walks:

West Seattleites Michael Yadrick, Doug Beyerlein, and others are running the stairways of Seattle today! Their route covers 100 km and gains more than 11,000 feet of elevation as it traverses 80 of Seattle’s major, 100+ step stairways. They started at Summer Solstice sunrise, 5:12 am in West Seattle at Brace Point. They hope to finish before 10 tonight in Queen Anne.

That’s Michael at right, leading the pack up the Thistle Street stairs in Gatewood/Upper Fauntleroy. Jake adds, “Andrew Lichtman, a stairway trekker from Los Angeles, has come up to walk the same route in two days, camping out along the way.” There’s a Facebook page about the event – see it here.

After hearing from Jake but before writing this, we also heard from Creighton, a friend of Michael, who he notes is a city ecologist mentioned here this spring for consulting on a Fairmount Ravine cleanup. Creighton adds that Michael is tweeting about this at twitter.com/yadrick and that there’s even GPS tracking, expected to work until 4 pm or so. We’ll keep an eye on it for potential updates here. Good luck!

9:56 PM NOTE: Jake reports in comments that Michael, Doug, and company made it within the past hour or so!

13 Comments

  1. They are making great progress, running a bit ahead of schedule.
    What a feat!

    Comment by Nancy Yadrick — 11:15 am June 21, 2014 #

  2. GPS tracking is now current with the runners.
    https://share.delorme.com/JonLumb#

    Comment by Nancy Yadrick — 11:31 am June 21, 2014 #

  3. Wow! Awesome!

    Comment by Bonnie — 12:58 pm June 21, 2014 #

  4. That stairway from Delridge up to High Point is HORRIBLE!! Best of luck climbing it… both for their safety and the incline!

    Comment by Dayna — 2:28 pm June 21, 2014 #

  5. They have been underway for 13 hours now and have entered the (referring to the map above) orange section.

    Comment by Nancy Yadrick — 6:11 pm June 21, 2014 #

  6. Thanks! What an awesome adventure.

    Comment by WSB — 6:39 pm June 21, 2014 #

  7. They made it, sometime just before 9:00 PM. Maybe somebody with them can supply details. Andrew Lichtman will continue tomorrow.

    Comment by Jake Jaramillo — 9:50 pm June 21, 2014 #

  8. Dayna – where are the stairs located on Delridge? I’ve been looking for a good incline type of stairs to climb.

    Comment by RLS — 10:27 pm June 21, 2014 #

  9. end of Charleston street in Pigeon Point/Hill
    https://www.google.com/maps/@47.5703413,-122.3576937,139m/data=!3m1!1e3

    Comment by chas redmond — 11:13 pm June 21, 2014 #

  10. What’s next? A leisurely sprint to the top of Mt. McKinley?

    Comment by Alice — 1:15 am June 22, 2014 #

  11. Stats from the running group yesterday: 55 miles, +8167 feet of elevation gain / – 7357 feet of elevation loss over 66 stairways and 9577 steps on stairways. Total time on our feet was 15 hours 38 minutes (average pace 17 minute/miles). See the data here: http://www.movescount.com/moves/move34234091 (~13 hours before our battery died).

    We did stick to the daylight schedule. It was a tough decision that we made on our feet. We were falling behind our estimated time, and the group skipped several stairways in the NE section and skipped over the NW section completely before heading to Queen Anne.

    Comment by Michael Yadrick — 10:52 am June 22, 2014 #

  12. Congratulations!

    Comment by WSB — 11:20 am June 22, 2014 #

  13. So cool. This is one of those races that proves who has old-fashioned guts and grit. Does anyone know–Will this now be an annual event? Because we want to cheer next time. Not run. Definitely not run.

    Comment by Real Estate Gals — 10:02 am June 23, 2014 #

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