We're running a relay along the Link 1 line to celebrate the opening of the Northgate Extension. You're invited.
The relay will start at Angle Lake station and follow the entire operational line to Northgate, with exchanges and selfies at each station on the way. More than one runner will be assigned to each leg.
|Leg||Time||Start Station||Miles||Pace||Elev. Gain||Runners|
|0||9:30||Angle Lake||1.8||8:00||47||Ellis, Nick|
|2||10:05||Tukwila International Blvd||6.6||8:00||590||Ellis, Johanna, Nick|
|3||11:03||Rainier Beach||1.1||12:00||74||Swati, Yuxuan|
|4||11:21||Othello||1.6||12:00||37||Brett, James, Jennifer, Lancelot, Max, Sameer, Sidd, Swati, Yuxuan, Zach|
|5||11:45||Columbia City||1.2||12:00||23||Brett, Ethan, James, Jennifer, Lancelot, Max, Sameer, Sidd, Swati, Yuxuan, Zach|
|6||12:04||Mount Baker||0.8||12:00||251||Ethan, Lancelot, Sidd, Swati, Yuxuan, Zach|
|7||12:18||Beacon Hill||1.3||12:00||11||Ethan, Lancelot, Sidd, Swati, Zach|
|8||12:38||SODO||0.7||12:00||12||Ethan, Jingwei, Lancelot, Sidd, Pratyush, Zach|
|9||12:51||Stadium||0.8||12:00||38||Ethan, Jingwei, Lancelot, Pratyush, Zach|
|10||1:04||International District/Chinatown||0.3||12:50||25||Ethan, Jingwei, Lancelot, Pratyush, Zach|
|11||1:13||Pioneer Square||0.5||12:50||54||Chandra, Ethan, Ewin, Reshabh|
|12||1:24||University Street||1.1||20:00||73||Chandra, Ethan, Ewin, Vishwas|
|13||1:49||Westlake||1.0||10:00||274||Chandra, Ethan, Ewin|
|14||2:03||Capitol Hill||2.8||10:00||228||Chandra, Edward, Ewin, Jamie|
|15||2:35||University of Washington||1.1||10:00||176||Amal, Chandra, Edward, Ewin, Jamie, Maya|
|16||2:50||U-District||1.4||10:00||111||Amal, Chandra, Ewin, Jamie, Maya|
|🍻||5:00||U-District Station Opening Festival Food Walk|
Leg leaders are marked in bold. Underlined name indicates first leg. Times nominal. Follow the live schedule for up-to-date estimates.
On October 2nd, 2021 24 runners carried the baton from Angle Lake to Northgate. It was just seven and half hours of running, but the event was years coming.
Two years prior, RCR ran the Northwest Passage Ragnar, a relay event where teams of 12 runners split up the 200 miles from the Canadian border down to Blaine, Washington. Ragnars are not easy. You're running day and night on the shoulder of the roads a third of the way across the state. When you're not running, you're crammed in a team van heading to the next exchange. Even just getting to the start line is a serious undertaking. Lodging and transportation for 12 people in small-town Washington is tricky to arrange and expensive. All of this contributes to the experience (maybe not the cost), but it does beg the question; was there a way for more of the club to get to enjoy something like the Ragnar experience?
Ellis and Zach were just through dropping off the rental vans when the answer became obvious. A Light Rail Relay. Running along a transit line removed the transportation hassles, and the stations were natural exchange points.
A pandemic would intercede (spawning its own event) but it was an idea that was too good not to try. When I saw that the Northgate Link extension stations finally had an official opening date I knew it was our perfect chance. Several scouting runs, some drawing, a bunch of advertising, some ASP, a few trips to hardware and art supply stores and everything was in order.
Not everything went exactly to plan. In many respects, they went better. Folks got a bit lost on the way to Capitol Hill, but then they ran into people giving out free ice cream. We had welcome support from Lauren and Stephen. Sahil joined us on a whim. Baby Zoe made her RCR debut. Several people had such good runs that they stayed on past their scheduled legs.
We ran past planes taking off from Sea-Tac. We admired the art in the South Seattle stations. We saw the city and the Sound from the top of Beacon Hill. We ran with the freight trains through SODO. We ran through the iconic Pike Place Market and the historic Volunteer Park. We marveled at three new light rail stations. It was everything that's great about Seattle, and it was us.