West Seattle Blog... » Health http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Wed, 26 Nov 2014 01:08:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 West Seattle weather: Stage 2 burn ban for King County http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/west-seattle-weather-stage-2-burn-ban-for-king-county/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/west-seattle-weather-stage-2-burn-ban-for-king-county/#comments Wed, 19 Nov 2014 20:18:15 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=292578 As of noon, a Stage 2 burn ban is in effect in King County, and the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency expects to keep it in effect until 6 am tomorrow. It cites “continued weather conditions and air-pollution levels. Here’s what this level of burn ban means:

During a Stage 2 burn ban:

* No burning is allowed in any wood-burning fireplaces, certified or uncertified wood stoves or fireplace inserts. Residents should rely instead on their home’s other, cleaner source of heat (such as their furnace or electric baseboard heaters) for a few days until air quality improves, the public health risk diminishes and the ban is cancelled.

* The only exception is if the homeowner has a previously approved ‘No Other Adequate Source of Heat’ designation from the Clean Air Agency

* No outdoor fires are allowed. This includes recreational fires such as bonfires, campfires and the use of fire pits and chimineas.

* Burn ban violations are subject to a $1,000 penalty.

It is OK to use natural gas and propane stoves or inserts during a Stage 2 burn ban.

Rain is expected to return early tomorrow.

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‘Immediate concerns of patients, businesses, neighbors’ to be addressed at city medical-marijuana symposium http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/immediate-concerns-of-patients-businesses-neighbors-to-be-addressed-at-city-medical-marijuana-symposium/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/immediate-concerns-of-patients-businesses-neighbors-to-be-addressed-at-city-medical-marijuana-symposium/#comments Fri, 14 Nov 2014 00:39:20 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=292043 With at least half a dozen dispensaries in West Seattle, this might be of interest: The city has announced a public symposium one week from today, November 20th, “for those concerned about access to safe medical marijuana and the location of marijuana-related businesses in the city.” This comes as the mayor and council work on “a common-sense regulatory framework to govern where and how these businesses operate in Seattle.” If you’re interested in attending the 5-7:45 pm event at City Hall next Thursday, full details are here.

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Alki X Gym: Welcoming a new West Seattle Blog sponsor http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/alki-x-gym-welcoming-a-new-west-seattle-blog-sponsor/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/alki-x-gym-welcoming-a-new-west-seattle-blog-sponsor/#comments Wed, 12 Nov 2014 22:28:26 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=291917 We’re welcoming one of our newest WSB sponsors today – Alki X Gym, which calls itself an “Anti-Gym” – this video explains why:

Here’s what else Alki X Gym wants you to know:

We are a small “boutique” style training center that never gets overcrowded. In fact, we limit the gym to no more than 3 clients at a time, each with their own trainer for the one-on-one sessions. We also limit the group sessions to 7 people or less and at those times, there are no one-on one clients in the club. Our clients also feel the non-judgmental environment we foster. Everyone is loved, accepted, and coached on their own unique journey according to their own individual goals and needs.

(WSB photo: X Gym’s PJ Glassey)
Our exercise methods are completely unique and designed by us to be the safest way to exercise. These methods also produce the best results in the least amount of time. In only 21 minutes, twice a week, our clients receive about twice the results of traditional training in less than 1/4 the time required. We are also about 1/2 the investment of traditional personal training and now offer group training classes at less than 1/2 the investment of our already low one-on-one rate!

The comment we hear most often from X Gym clients is how fast they feel the strength results. Soon after that, they comment how much more endurance they have and how that allows them to do things they haven’t been able to do for years. The third comment we get is how fast they feel their muscles toning up, getting firmer and more defined. The main thing that keeps them coming back is the results gained to the time invested. After all, we only offer month-to-month memberships, so if it wasn’t working for them, they wouldn’t be coming back. Their lives have changed because their quality of life has increased. Their physical abilities improve of course, but their mind also gets stronger as their mental envelope is stretched from how our program is designed. Our clients literally feel like they are aging in reverse as they feel younger and more vital, both inside and out.

Alki X-Gym is at 3213 Harbor Avenue SW; call 206-938-XGYM (9496).

We thank Alki X-Gym for sponsoring independent, community-collaborative, 24/7 neighborhood news via WSB. Find our current sponsor team listed in directory format here, and find info on joining the team by going here.

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West Seattle Halloween postscript: A Kids Place Too candy buyback nets letters along with treats http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/west-seattle-halloween-postscript-a-kids-place-too-candy-buyback-nets-letters-along-with-treats/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/west-seattle-halloween-postscript-a-kids-place-too-candy-buyback-nets-letters-along-with-treats/#comments Tue, 11 Nov 2014 10:54:55 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=291724

Dr. Keith McDonald and staff at A Kids Place Too! Dentistry for Children (WSB sponsor) are all smiles over the results of their first-ever “candy buyback” – 400 pounds of candy plus 200 letters of appreciation, all to be given to troops.

The candy and letters are going out via Operation Gratitude.

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Fighting Ebola: 2 events tomorrow, one for volunteer mapmakers, one to separate facts from fiction http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/fighting-ebola-2-events-tomorrow-one-for-volunteer-mapmakers-one-to-separate-facts-from-fiction/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/fighting-ebola-2-events-tomorrow-one-for-volunteer-mapmakers-one-to-separate-facts-from-fiction/#comments Mon, 03 Nov 2014 17:04:11 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=290897 Two events of note, both tomorrow night, related to the Ebola fight:

If you have a laptop and time to spare volunteering, that flyer explains how you can be a volunteer mapmaker to help first responders dealing with the Ebola crisis. All this, without leaving your home. The event’s at 6 pm tomorrow (Tuesday, November 4th) at the West Seattle (Admiral) Branch Library, 2306 42nd SW; if you can’t see the embedded flyer, here’s the PDF version.

Second event is not IN West Seattle, but you’re invited by one of your neighbors, West Seattleite Kristen Tetteh, who works with the Washington Global Health Alliance: At Town Hall downtown (1119 8th), an event at 6:30 tomorrow will “touch on the state of Ebola globally as well as how Seattle is preparing.” Medical, policy, education, and humanitarian reps will address “Ebola Facts and Fiction.” Tickets are $10 and available online.

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Student athletes raising cancer awareness: Huling Bowl tomorrow night, volleyball match Monday http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/student-athletes-raising-cancer-awareness-huling-bowl-tomorrow-night-volleyball-match-monday/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/student-athletes-raising-cancer-awareness-huling-bowl-tomorrow-night-volleyball-match-monday/#comments Thu, 16 Oct 2014 23:41:29 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=288894 Two upcoming sports events feature friendly faceoffs between our area’s two biggest public schools – both spotlighting the fight against cancer:

HULING BOWL, FRIDAY NIGHT: The Huling Bowltrophy and all! – is the name of the annual football game between Chief Sealth International High School and West Seattle High School, and you’re invited to this year’s edition at 7 pm tomorrow (Friday), Southwest Athletic Complex (2601 SW Thistle, across from the Sealth campus).

Sealth’s bulletin announces it as a “pink-out,” urging everyone to wear pink to show support for the fight against breast cancer. That will be especially meaningful for Sealth running back Daron Camacho, who e-mailed us overnight asking if we would let folks know that “I dedicate the game to my Godmom Margarita Vidrio, who is fighting breast cancer.” You’ll see Daron on the field wearing #11.

VOLLEYBALL, MONDAY NIGHT: Thanks to Jim Bowe for sharing the announcement:

On Monday, October 20th at 7 pm, West Seattle HS Volleyball hosts Chief Sealth in what is always a great Metro League volleyball match. The WSHS volleyball girls are making this night Cancer Awareness Night. Admission to the event is free. There will be opportunities for people to donate to cancer research if they choose to do so; however, attendance and awareness is really the goal.

The WSHS gym is on the southwest side of the school, right off the parking lot, at 3000 California SW.

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Higher public-health permit fees for farmers’ markets, others? County postpones discussion, continues comment period http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/higher-public-health-permit-fees-for-farmers-markets-others-county-postpones-discussion-continues-comment-period/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/higher-public-health-permit-fees-for-farmers-markets-others-county-postpones-discussion-continues-comment-period/#comments Sat, 11 Oct 2014 02:26:39 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=288397

(WSB photo from last Sunday’s WS Farmers’ Market, by Katie Meyer)
The Seattle-King County Public Health Board has just postponed its planned discussion of proposed permit-fee increases, to take comments for at least two more months. We heard about the controversy over some of the fee increases, thanks to a reader who pointed us to protests from regional farmers-market vendors like organic-meat producer Skagit River Ranch, which called the proposed increases “outrageous” in an open letter posted via Facebook. Businesses quoted anonymously in a county roundup of “stakeholder” feedback had comments including, “It is discouraging for vendors to get higher permit fees for selling healthier food – unhealthy food should pay more.” The county says it hasn’t reviewed fees/rates since 2008 but needs to raise rates to cover costs. Other types of businesses with proposed public-health fee increases include animal shelters and some other pet-related businesses. Whatever your thoughts about the fee changes – which are less dramatic in some categories – the county says it’s taken them off the agenda for next week’s board meeting and will take comments until mid-December (this page explains how to have a say).

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2 local flu-shot clinics for Seattle Public Schools students, staff, families – and community members http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/2-local-flu-shot-clinics-for-seattle-public-schools-students-staff-families/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/2-local-flu-shot-clinics-for-seattle-public-schools-students-staff-families/#comments Thu, 25 Sep 2014 18:02:13 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=286856 (UPDATE: We’re told ANYONE is welcome to come to these clinics – adults must have either proof of insurance or else $28 payment, but no student will be turned away for lack of insurance, says Sealth nurse Alison Enochs)

ORIGINAL REPORT: Just out of the WSB inbox:

Seattle Public Schools is partnering with the Seattle Visiting Nurse Association to provide flu shot clinics for all students, staff, and their families at no charge, with proof of current medical insurance.

According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), the single best protection from influenza is to receive a flu shot each year. The CDC recommends everyone 6 months old and over be vaccinated against the flu.

West Seattle clinic locations and dates:

* Chief Sealth High School: Wednesday, October 8, 4-7:30 pm
* West Seattle High School: Monday, October 20, 2:30-7 pm

Clinics will be open to all Seattle Public Schools children (4 years of age and older) and their families. Please note that students under the age of 18 will need a Patient Consent Form signed by a parent or guardian. Patient Consent Forms are available at the clinics, or click here to download.

All participants will be asked to provide their health insurance information (card) to receive an immunization. SVNA will electronically bill the insurance plan for your flu shot. They bill all insurance plans including Apple Health (Washington State Medicaid) plans. Flu shots are considered preventive care and are not subject to deductibles or co-pays. This means no out-of-pocket expense for participants.

This is happening districtwide – here’s the full list.

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Unneeded/expired prescription drugs? Take-Back Day this Saturday http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/unwantedunneeded-prescription-drugs-take-back-day-this-saturday/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/unwantedunneeded-prescription-drugs-take-back-day-this-saturday/#comments Tue, 23 Sep 2014 16:31:37 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=286619 Keeping unneeded, unwanted, and/or expired prescription medicine around the house is a bad idea for a variety of reasons. Tossing it in the trash or emptying it down the drain is a bad idea, too. So what to do? Get rid of it this Saturday (September 27th), 10 am-2 pm, during the next Take-Back Day. The official local drop-off spot will once again be the Seattle Police Southwest Precinct at Webster/Delridge.

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You can help! Here’s where West Seattle firefighters will ask you to help ‘Fill the Boot’ for MDA this Thursday and Friday http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/you-can-help-heres-where-west-seattle-firefighters-will-ask-you-to-help-fill-the-boot-for-mda-this-thursday-and-friday/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/you-can-help-heres-where-west-seattle-firefighters-will-ask-you-to-help-fill-the-boot-for-mda-this-thursday-and-friday/#comments Tue, 16 Sep 2014 18:17:32 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=285881

(WSB photo from 2011 “Fill the Boot,” taken in Admiral District)
This year’s edition of the International Association of Fire Fighters “Fill the Boot” fundraising drive for the Muscular Dystrophy Association is coming up this Thursday and Friday, 1 pm-6 pm September 18-19, and we asked organizers where in West Seattle you’ll see firefighters joining in. Here’s the list (subject to change) compiled for us by Sandy Elfers of the MDA:

Station #11 – Westwood Village
Station #29 – California and Admiral
Station #32 – California and Alaska
Station #36 – Alki Beach and/or Avalon/Spokane
Station #37 – By the station, 35th/Holden

The IAFF and MDA have partnered for 60 years. Local IAFF members will be among 1,000 citywide participating in the fundraising drive this year.

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Video: New partnership plan saves Greenbridge clinic, moves West Seattle Planned Parenthood clinic http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/video-new-partnership-plan-saves-greenbridge-clinic-moves-west-seattle-planned-parenthood-clinic/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/video-new-partnership-plan-saves-greenbridge-clinic-moves-west-seattle-planned-parenthood-clinic/#comments Mon, 15 Sep 2014 23:07:11 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=285800

At the surface, what brought King County Executive Dow Constantine, County Councilmember Joe McDermott, Public Health acting director Patty Hayes, Seattle Deputy Mayor Hyeok Kim, Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest CEO Chris Charbonneau, and others to White Center’s Greenbridge Plaza at noontime was news that a nearby county health clinic won’t have to close.

Their remarks are all featured in our video of the event, above, as well as what a clinic staffer and client had to say about the importance of saving the clinic. But what they explained in the media briefing wasn’t quite that simple:

*Mayor Murray’s proposed budget will include money for Greenbridge clinic operations (this was mentioned briefly in his Friday announcement about human-services and public-safety spending – the $ mentioned in that news release differs from what’s in today’s county news release, so we’re trying to verify which is correct)

*Planned Parenthood of the Great NW will take over family-planning services at the clinic, meaning layoffs for county-employed family-planning staffers unless they find jobs with PP

*As a result, PP will close its current West Seattle clinic (9641 28th SW) and merge its services into the Greenbridge location (9942 8th SW)

*County employees at the clinic will continue providing other services such as maternity support and Women/Infant/Children (WIC) nutrition support

Though Greenbridge is across the city/county line, it serves many Seattle residents, Constantine said, so city funding is appropriate. (The clinic relocated two years ago from its previous site about a mile south.) His plan for the clinic’s future will be in the budget proposal he presents one week from today.

P.S. The full county news release is part of coverage on our partner site White Center Now.

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Reminder: 1st West Seattle YMCA expansion Q/A meeting today http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/reminder-1st-west-seattle-ymca-expansion-qa-meeting-today/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/reminder-1st-west-seattle-ymca-expansion-qa-meeting-today/#comments Sun, 14 Sep 2014 12:31:35 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=285624 One week after we brought you first word of the West Seattle YMCA (WSB sponsor) expansion plans, the first public Q/A meeting is this afternoon. Anyone interested in hearing/talking about the proposal is welcome – 2-3 pm at the Y’s “Studio 5″ annex, 4518 Fauntleroy Way SW. Two more public meetings are planned, in different dayparts – 6-7 pm Tuesday, 7-8 am Wednesday. The Y has more project info online here.

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West Seattle YMCA announces expansion plan for Triangle HQ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/west-seattle-ymca-announces-expansion-at-its-triangle-hq/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/west-seattle-ymca-announces-expansion-at-its-triangle-hq/#comments Mon, 08 Sep 2014 02:42:38 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=284731

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

Starting with an all-staff meeting tonight, the West Seattle YMCA is pulling the wraps off plans for a major expansion project at its headquarters in The Triangle.

The Y (a WSB sponsor) will be officially filing for permits with the city this week, but has been quietly fundraising for a while. Its Board of Managers has a goal of raising half the cost of the $11 million project, with the Greater Seattle Y board raising money for the other half.

“We’re excited!” exclaimed regional executive Josh Sutton, during our conversation about the plan.

(Rendering of the future northwestern corner)

The West Seattle board already is almost halfway to its goal, before expanding the capital campaign more widely across the community – $2.6 million so far.

It’s been long known the Y would have to expand, with 4,200 member households right now and West Seattle’s population continuing to grow. It has had a Building Committee for seven years, Sutton explained. They mulled options such as moving, or buying another building, and then, about two years ago, started to “coalesce around a specific idea” involving expanding right on their current site between 36th and 37th, Snoqualmie and Oregon.

The Y has hired Miller Hayashi Architects, whose most recent West Seattle projects include the expansion at just-reopened Fairmount Park Elementary and the 4-year-old rebuild of Fire Station 37, and contractor Lease Crutcher Lewis (which built the facility in 1984).

After about five months of work on pricing and plans, “we’ve pretty much finished the schematic phase, but there’s a lot to be decided, still,” Sutton said.

Here are the basics:

*The expansion will be accomplished WITHOUT any closure of the facility: “We’ll stay open throughout, though there may be interruptions of some services”

*It’ll add 50 percent more space – 32,000 square feet now, 47,000 square feet when finished

*The expanded building will face SW Snoqualmie (shown in the rendering atop this story), designated as a “festival street” in the West Seattle Triangle Plan process, and therefore a possible venue for occasional events; the project itself was planned to be in alignment with the overall Triangle plan

*A “healthy cooking” kitchen will be a major new feature, “programmed with nutrition classes” that they haven’t had a space to handle before (and if fees are involved, there will be subsidizing for those eligible) as well as demonstrations

*Family changing rooms will be added, linked to the pool deck

*The pool itself isn’t targeted for major work, but “some daylighting” is on the drawing board, according to Sutton, to remedy the not-so-brightly-lit boxiness of the building’s original 1984 design

*The fitness space will more than double, and will enable the repurposing of some other spaces

*A space will be designated specifically for “tweens,” youth who wind up at loose ends between the services and spaces available for children and for teenagers.

*A 1,000-square-foot community-meeting room will be added (fronting SW Snoqualmie): “The Triangle keeps growing, and people need places to meet; the Y has historically been a place for people to convene.”

*Its small child-care building will be torn down and the front parking lot will be torn down; end result will still be more parking, because of new underground spaces

*A small addition on the northwest corner will replace the racquetball courts,

Also part of the project, some work outside the building, such as finishing the sidewalk on Oregon (a street that will become a more-important connector because of the hillclimb planned on the site of the 4435 35th SW development that’s now under construction). Sutton expects that will be followed by angled parking and city-imposed time limits on what is now a street without them. The street-parking situation after the project is done will be “pretty much a net wash,” he says, some added, some removed, but the Y itself will have 19 more motorized-vehicle spaces (as well as some new underground bicycle parking). That’s a third more parking than they have now, and they expect the facility will be 20 percent busier.

In case you were wondering: No, there won’t be a rate increase to fund any of this; Sutton points out that rates rise every year as part of the Greater Seattle Y’s plan, since membership gets you in to other facilities around the system too. No, this doesn’t involve the Fauntleroy Y – “we’re not trying to consolidate,” Sutton says; the Y has had a presence there since the early ’20s and expects to “continue to do that.” (They’ve made investments in recent years to keep the Fauntleroy facility “up to date and fresh,” in fact, and it continues to be operated with the Triangle facility as one entity.)

Though the Y is a nationally known name, this project is very local – including major donors such as Nucor, which will even be donating some steel that will go into the project.

In all, “This is what the next generation of West Seattle needs,” Sutton said. “Taking the building and updating it – it’s still in good shape, would make no sense to tear it down.” (By the way, this isn’t the Y’s original building; its first one in 1921 was a small building near where Trader Joe’s is now; after a fire there, the Y moved to an old dairy building across the street, where the Franciscan clinic is now.) The work will leave room for future expansion – the ceiling will be high enough that the building could add a second story sometime; for now, it’ll be an “open, light space.”

The Y hopes to break ground next summer, with the project lasting about a year. In the meantime:

WHAT’S NEXT

*The Y expects to file its permit applications on Wednesday

*While the city does accept public comments on projects, this one, Sutton said, will not require Design Review

*Find out more about the project at OurNewY.org, which just went live tonight

*Attend a community meeting at the Y’s “Studio 5″ space (4518 Fauntleroy Way SW):
–2-3 pm Sunday, September 14th
–6-7 pm Tuesday, September 16th
–7-8 am Wednesday, September 17th

*If you haven’t received an invitation to donate, and are interested in supporting the project, contact Sutton via the West Seattle Y.

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Video: Ice Bucket Challenge at Holy Rosary, and who they’re passing it on to http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/video-ice-bucket-challenge-at-holy-rosary-and-who-theyre-passing-it-on-to/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/video-ice-bucket-challenge-at-holy-rosary-and-who-theyre-passing-it-on-to/#comments Sat, 30 Aug 2014 04:27:17 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=284046

That’s the first “Ice Bucket Challenge” clip called to our attention by a local school. This one features the staff of Holy Rosary School and the parish’s pastor, Father John Madigan. HR principal George Hofbauer starts with challenges to other local Catholic schools, and Fr. Madigan adds a challenge to Seattle’s Archbishop Peter Sartain. (In case you’ve missed it somehow, the IBC has been making the rounds for weeks to raise awareness and money for ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.) P.S. First day of school at HRS is next Tuesday.

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Alki Beach 5K 2014 video/photos: Almost 1,100 runners and walkers! http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/alki-beach-5k-2014-almost-1100-runners-and-walkers-this-time/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/alki-beach-5k-2014-almost-1100-runners-and-walkers-this-time/#comments Sun, 24 Aug 2014 16:14:18 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=283476

Almost 1,100 runners and walkers are on the course along Alki as this year’s Alki Beach 5K got under way minutes ago. First, they heard inspirational words from “Warrior Marathon Runner” Carol Dellinger, a breast-cancer survivor who has run 278 marathons, and just keeps running.

The Alki Beach 5K is a benefit for West Seattleite-founded-and-led Northwest Hope and Healing, and a fun time for all.

9:58 AM: Runners and walkers keep crossing the finish line. First one across, last year’s winner Miler Haller, 17 years old:

(Photo by David Hutchinson)
ADDED 12:32 PM: Here’s our video of everyone leaving the starting line:

First-time emcee (whose voice you hear in our video): Shellie Hart from Warm 106.9 radio:

Overseeing everything as always – NWHH executive director Shari Sewell:

The Alki Beach 5K is for a serious cause – helping NWHH help breast-cancer patients – but it’s fun too, and smiles abounded:

Eye-catching outfits, too:

3:59 PM: The results are now available online. In addition to first finisher Miler Haller, shown above, the other top finishers were:
#2 male – Joe Sheeran, 56, in 16:49:

#3 male – Chris Tolonen, 45, in 16:53:

#1 female – Somer Kreisman, 25, in 18:07:

#2 female – Hailey Kettel, 18, in 18:30:

#3 female – Caoline Austin, 23, in 18:46:

(The spellings are exactly as shown on the official results page; please let us know if anything is incorrect!)
ADDED SUNDAY NIGHT: More scenes from race day:

All ages running AND applauding:

Might have to start calling it a run/walk/scoot:

More strollers than ever, this year:

Sightings along the route – Lou Cutler of Pathfinder K-8, where he leads a Make-A-Wish fundraiser run every year:

Perhaps West Seattle’s most visible mascot was of course on his/her home turf:

Lots of last-minute sign-ups, we heard – which kept volunteers mega-busy:

Some participants were on the run even before the 5K got going:

That’s Tim McConnell of West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor), who ran past us as we arrived at Alki pre-race. Finally, an A-board reminding everyone what the Alki Beach 5K was all about:

You can donate to Northwest Hope and Healing any time – just go here.

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