9:41 AM: The first of today’s big events is on! The Float Dodger 5K has left Hiawatha, headed down California SW on the parade route. The West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor)-presented 5K, benefiting West Seattle Helpline, was on hiatus last year, but back this year as an opening act for the West Seattle Grand Parade. After leaving the Hiawatha track, the runners “dodged” the Rotary Club “wheel” float in the street and then headed south. Awaiting them back at Hiawatha: Root-beer floats.
9:49 AM: Above, that’s our video of everyone leaving the start line. Below, runners as they arrived in The Junction:
At left, West Seattle Runner proprietors Lori McConnell and Tim McConnell ran the race in addition to presenting it:
And we can hear the announcement of the first runners arriving back at Hiawatha! Results later – plus more of the pre-race fun, including the costume contest.
ADDED SATURDAY NIGHT: Results for the 300+ timed runners are here.