West Seattle 5K will once again kick off a “car-free” day on Alki

(Photo from “Celebrate Seattle Summer Streets” event on Alki Ave, 5/31/2009)
With the mayoral change and budget cuts, this was by no means a sure thing, but with two months to go till the West Seattle 5K Run/Walk, it’s just been confirmed, according to organizer Jo Bader from the West Seattle High School PTSA: The second annual edition of their successful-from-the-start fundraiser will again be the kickoff to a “car-free day” on Alki – as part of Celebrate Seattle Summer Streets, as the city rechristened the series last year. We don’t know yet about other Celebrate Seattle Summer Streets plans around the city – an official media announcement is in the works. But since the Alki “car-free day” is confirmed, you can mark your calendar for Sunday, May 23, starting with the West Seattle 5K, followed by special events along Alki SW. Here’s our wrapup on last year’s Alki CSSS event; here’s our story on the first-ever West Seattle 5K that kicked off the day. By the way, registration is under way now for this year’s run (WSB is among the co-sponsors for a 2nd year), with an early-registration discount available.

7 Replies to "West Seattle 5K will once again kick off a "car-free" day on Alki"

  • Tami March 18, 2010 (11:19 am)

    I think the 5k run is great but having and paying for another Car Free day is a major waste of money when our streets need fixing. A huge waste of $150,000. for Car Free Days! Just for people to stand in the middle of the street

  • Travis March 18, 2010 (12:43 pm)

    Nothing is good. Everything is bad. Thanks for reminding me, Tami.
    Maybe you should just stay home that day.

  • Tami March 18, 2010 (2:55 pm)

    No Problem Travis would love to stay home and enjoy the view and run my errands when I want on my days off but it is a little hard when a very costly Car Free Day shuts down my street.

  • westside1 March 18, 2010 (3:19 pm)

    TOXIC POLES installed at Bar S Field: I was at Bar S field this afternoon and I watched as the Seattle Parks Dept. maintenance crew was placing old telephone poles as barriers in the parking areas. They were clearly pressure treated with something (perhaps creosote), but fact of the matter is – do you want your kids touching them, sitting or climbing on them? If that gets on their hands and clothes, it WILL get in their mouths and/or your car, furniture…

  • Travis March 19, 2010 (4:16 am)

    So a well attended and positive community event that brings good quality family entertainment to Alki with several thousands of dollars going to local businesses, not to mention the run benefiting the West Seattle High School PTSA should be shut down because it inconveniences you for one day out of the year?
    I’d like to see where you got the information that the event is costing tax payers $150,000.
    You didn’t even go to the event last year did you, Tami? If you had you’d have seen how there was much more going on than a bunch of people standing in the street.
    Maybe you should go down and protest the event or is it easier to sit at your computer and complain to your computer screen?
    Oh wait, its YOUR street so the rest of the city is not allowed to use it unless it works out for you.
    You must be a great neighbor.
    You and westside1 should get together for tea and talk about how the world is against you.

  • Tami March 19, 2010 (3:07 pm)


    Yes I have been to the event and no it doesn’t raise thousands of dollars for the businesses in fact most of them take a major loss and have sent there employees home early!
    Check Your Facts!

    As far as the amount check with the City of Seattle also check the remarks from last years from the Parks Dept and The City of Seattle. It cost far more than $150,000

    For the last two years this huge crowd you talk about (LOL) is all down in front of the beach area.
    There is no reason to shut down Harbor Ave so the boat launch is closed even up to Anchor Park on Alki should be left open.

    If you open your eyes and take a look at the pictures from the last two years of this grand idea all the pictures are and taken right at the beach!

    Harbor Ave and Alki Ave has had many many 5k runs and never had any problems over the years for many wonderful causes and we didn’t have to shut down everything just to stand around in the middle street.

    No I have many things to do unlike you that seems to have nothing or you wouldn’t attacking me at 4am

    So Travis You Need to get a life and get your facts straight!

  • Jennifer March 21, 2010 (3:37 pm)

    I am looking forward to this event. The 5 K sounds like good family fun.

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