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             Seahawks 12K at the Landing, April 15, 2018

 

 

By Jerry Bronson

 

I have run the Seahawks 12K race every year since 2010, except 2016 when a fishing trip got in the way. When it was announced that this race would be the Silver Strider Mystery Race for 2018, I had already signed up.

This year, with almost continuous rain for a week leading up to race day, and with a light rain falling on my drive to the Landing, the question was how wet are we all going to get. However, the Running Gods were smiling at us, as the conditions at race time were ideal; temperature in the upper 40’s, no rain, no wind and even a few sun breaks near the end.

Bruce “Flash” Fisher took a picture of the Silver Strider runners before the race at Dicks Sports Store (which I missed having forgotten where the picture was to be taken).

The 12K race started promptly at 9:00 am, with the 5K following around 9:30. Normally there are wave starts for the 12k, but this year, with participation down considerably, there was just one long wave.

I was late to the starting line, which worked out well as I spent most of the race passing walkers and slower runners, and not being caught up in heavy congestion as in years past.

The first mile of the course circles the Landing, then goes North on Holter Way to Lake Washington Blvd. The Blvd has rolling hills all the way up to the turn-around at the Seahawks practice facility, that seem to be higher than the measured 164 ft elevation gain and loss. The course retraces down Lake WA Blvd to a right turn on Logan Avenue, passing the Boeing 737 Assembly Building and back to the finish at the Landing.

After getting a printout of my results, I was surprised to see 10 year age divisions instead of 5 years as in all previous races and a finisher total of only 1,930 runners. I decided to go back and review finisher numbers for the 12K in previous years.

In 2010, there were 885, every following year increasing to a high of 4,956 in 2015 and then a decline to the 1,930 for this year.

My only explanation is the participation mirrors the performance of the Seahawks Football team the season before, peaking during the Super Bowl years, and then declining, especially this year following a disappointing season and missing the playoffs.

In any event, when 2019 rolls around I will be signing up once again for the Seahawks 12k at theLanding.

Editor’s Comments:  There were 3 new Grand Prix Series finishers at the Seahawks 12k.  Celebrating were Linda Burt, Mike Henderson and Kimmer Muenz.

…..Linda Burt – Series finisher

Mike Henderson – Series Finisher

Kimmer Muenz – Series finisher

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Seahawks 12k was the “Mystery” race this year and it didn’t disappoint.

At the start line, there were many volunteers who provided smooth day of race registration and easy packet pickup. Many vendors lined the parking area near the start line, offering an array of running related products. A “Spirit” rally created an exciting pre-race atmosphere.

All participants of both the 5k and the 12k received Seahawks long-sleeved, hoodie T-Shirts. Beautiful Seahawks medals were given to each runner and walker as they crossed the finish line.

Following the race, runners enjoyed fruit, granola bars, and a booth stocked with bagels and bread from Franz bakery.  Drawings were held with many gifts donated by local merchants from the Landing.

All of the Silver Striders I spoke to after the race, shared Jerry Bronson’s promise about the 2019 Seahawks 12k – They’ll be back!

Following the race, we walked to the Torero Mexican Restaurant at the Landing for a post race brunch. We celebrated the birthday of two Silver Striders: Sandra Madden and Dennis Zaborac and were serenaded by Pancho Larsen. (Restaurant photos courtesy of Patty Husko)

 

 

                     The Seahawks 12 results in photos by Bruce “Flash” Fisher

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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