Race Condition Running

Light Rail Relay 2021

October 2nd

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.


LegTimeStart Station MilesPaceElev. GainRunners
0 9:30 Angle Lake 1.8 8:00 47 Ellis, Nick
1 9:49 SeaTac/Airport 1.5 8:00 105 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
17 3:08 Roosevelt 2.4 10:00 261 Chandra, Jamie
Finish3:36 27.92390
🍻5:00U-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.

The relay starts soon.

Relay Day Procedures

Leg Leaders


Who can participate?
Anyone in the CSE community.
How far do I need to run?
You can choose how far, and we'll be able to accommodate any distance between .5 miles to 20 miles.
How fast do I need to run?
Also up to you. We'll schedule the relay according to your pace estimate, taking into account things like the elevation change and the street context as well. You may be scheduled to run more slowly than your preference to accommodate other runners.
I'm unsure how fast or how far I can run.
We recommend you join an RCR weekday run before the relay so that we can figure out what's appropriate. This is especially important if you're new to running or if you're returning after a long break.
I'm uncomfortable or unsure about signing up because I don't know enough about where I'd be running.
The organizers have run the course and put together some notes about what to expect along each leg, so do click around the route map. Multiple people will be assigned to each leg and at least one experienced runner will be in the group at all times. Please note any particular concerns or constraints on the open-ended part of the sign-up form so we can accommodate you.
Is there anything planned for after the run?
We are planning to enjoy the U-District Station Opening Festival's Food Walk after the conclusion of the relay at 5:00PM. Besides the festival, consider visiting the extension stations. Sound Transit says they'll be providing a "museum-like experience" at the new stations from October 2nd through the 31st. A beautiful new pedestrian bridge in Northgate is also set to open on October 2nd and is well worth checking out.
Can I still sign up?
No, but you can join for any scheduled legs that you are able to. Please message us in the event Slack channel, #light-rail-relay-2021.
I want to update my preferences.
You can reduce or increase the number of legs that you run if it does not affect the pace schedule, otherwise there will be no changes.