No more guessing! Club repaints Alki Trail mileage markers

(Photo by Dave Howard, courtesy West Seattle Running Club)
Notice something suddenly more visible on the Alki Trail? The West Seattle Running Club has repainted its mileage markers. Club member Melissa Ransdell shares this report:

The mileage markers along the outside edge of the Alki Trail are now easier for runners, walkers and others to spot. Members of the West Seattle Running Club recently repainted them. Four miles of trail are accurately marked off in quarter mile increments beginning at the start of the paved trail on Alki Avenue, continuing north around Harbor Avenue, then heading east under the West Seattle Bridge. The four-mile mark is just before Chelan Café.

The markers were first installed in the late ’90s by West Seattle Running Club members, using an engineer’s wheel for accuracy, to make it easier to calculate distance and pace. City of Seattle provided permission and Salty’s funded the cost of the initial materials. Club members donate time and materials to keep them maintained.

Joggers and runners who are 40 years old and over and looking for year-round motivation and support are encouraged to check out West Seattle Running Club. Newcomers who can jog at least three miles at any pace are welcome. Meet members and learn more on Sunday mornings at 8:30 at the Statue of Liberty (the ¼ mile mark on the Alki Trail) or at

16 Replies to "No more guessing! Club repaints Alki Trail mileage markers"

  • MB June 4, 2012 (11:18 pm)

    about time!

  • knm June 5, 2012 (7:19 am)

    Thanks West Seattle Running Club!

  • Selena June 5, 2012 (7:44 am)

    Thank you, West Seattle Running Club! I’ve been using the mileage markers along the Alki trail since I moved here 2 years ago. I run that stretch almost every day, and I really appreciate knowing the mileage. This is a really amazing service that you provide to runners (and others) in our community. Thanks!

  • JMF June 5, 2012 (8:28 am)

    This is great! I’m a new resident to West Seattle and also a runner, so I’m looking forward to my next run.

  • Amrakx June 5, 2012 (8:51 am)

    Brilliant! Mahalo!

  • ScottA June 5, 2012 (9:04 am)

    Funny that I don’t see the over 40 criteria mentioned on the website. I’m almost eligible! Next, I guess is the AARP!

  • a runner June 5, 2012 (9:21 am)

    Thank you Thank you Thank you!!!

  • NotMe June 5, 2012 (10:07 am)

    That is very cool. Thank you.

  • ad June 5, 2012 (10:13 am)

    Bravo! Thank you.

  • Kate June 5, 2012 (10:24 am)

    Yay! Thank you!

  • curious June 5, 2012 (12:18 pm)

    does any pace mean walking/jogging too?

  • Chris June 5, 2012 (4:18 pm)

    40 and over? really? why?

  • AJ June 5, 2012 (7:09 pm)

    Thank you West Seattle Runners.

  • Dave Howard, president, West Seattle Running Club June 5, 2012 (8:12 pm)

    Thank you all for your comments. Representing our club I want to clarify that all ages are welcome. Because we have been around a long time most of our members have reached that “40+” plateau. And for whatever reason the new folks in that age group are the ones that stick with us. Regarding walking/jogging, yes you are welcome also. All of you are welcome to join us any Sunday morning at 8:30am at the Statue for a run and coffee afterwards. Hope to see you soon. Dave.

  • Erik June 5, 2012 (9:57 pm)

    Great job! I run with/train a lot of out-of-towners on this route and they love the mileage markers, and the scenery too!

  • Running with Scissors June 5, 2012 (11:10 pm)

    It would be fantastic if this group could do the tracks around town like Hiawatha and Madison Middle School so many use these soft surfaces but I have no idea how they measure up in miles.

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