We’ve already reported that the city’s bringing back a “car-free day” street party to West Seattle this year, after a year off, on September 25th. And now we know that, like six previous such days, this one will include a running event. Today we got first word of the Orca Half, explained by its organizers:
Part of the Orca Running family of races, the Orca Half is a half marathon along the shores of West Seattle, starting and finishing on Alki. The race is brand new for 2016 and is being organized in cooperation with Seattle Summer Parkways to encourage people to take advantage of the city’s largest public spaces – the streets! Runners will enjoy the use of traffic-free roads for the first portion of the run on Alki. Registration opens on June 1st.
According to the race website, registration will be limited to 450 people, ages 15 and up, and participants will have to finish the half-marathon within four hours; it starts at 8:30 am and the course will close at 12:30 pm. We haven’t yet found the exact course on the website but we did find this description: “The course is 100% along the West Seattle waterfront, from Alki to Lincoln Park.” (On September 25th, the road closure will be from 63rd/Alki to Don Armeni, and Seattle Summer Parkways will include other events for which SDOT is leading the planning process.)