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The biggest, muddiest, family-friendliest event this summer is happening in just a few weeks: Loop the ‘Lupe, Seattle’s ONLY urban obstacle course race! Loop the ‘Lupe, now in its second year, will take place June 2, 2018, at Walt Hundley Playfield in West Seattle. More than 300 people participated in last year’s inaugural race—from age 5 to 90, from Kirkland to Tacoma. Building on the success of last year’s event, Loop the ‘Lupe organizers are adding a food & drink area, live music, and a beer garden to accommodate the more than 500 participants expected.
“Everyone wanted to ‘get in the Loop’ last year, and I think that’s because we really had something to offer people of all ages, and something runners or walkers of all skill levels could enjoy,” says Race Director Brian Callanan. Loop the ‘Lupe features a 1K “loop” around Walt Hundley Playfield, where participants race under, over, and through seven obstacles (two new ones added in 2018), including a mud pit, walls, “Squirtgun Alley,” and more. Loop the ‘Lupe has four options to get the whole family involved in a fun day at the park:
Obstacle Course: For ninja warriors who think their skills are up to the task, the Obstacle Course 5K (five loops) begins at 11 a.m.
5K Family Fun Run/Walk: Not ready for the obstacles? No problem! You can pass them by and make this into a family fun run/walk, starting at 11:45 a.m.
Senior Saunter: The “Saunter” is for walkers age 65+ looking for a flat, no-obstacles walk. The turf soccer field at the park is the “race” course. People used their rolling walkers at this event in 2017, so come see how many laps you can complete in 20 minutes! Starts at 12:15 p.m.
Youth Dash: Do you have a child under 8 years old? They can join in the fun, too, by taking one loop around the course (parental help encouraged). The fun begins at 1 p.m.!
Proceeds from Loop the ‘Lupe support the Walmesley Center at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish. The Center has been one of the area’s most utilized facilities for sports and social outreach work since opening in 2012:
More than 24,000 kids/family members participating in athletic programs
More than 10,000 free community meals given to those in need
Annual blood drives/flu shot clinics
Vacation Bible Camps, weddings, cultural events, and more!
Loop the ‘Lupe is teaming up with professional race organizer Fizz Events (SeaFair Triathlon, Fiesta 5K Olé!, & more) to take this event to the next level. “It’s great to be part of a growing event like this that involves so much community support,” says Fizz Events owner Jared Loranger. “So, bring the family and GET IN THE LOOP!”