After discovering her love for outdoor sprints, certified personal trainer and RRCA running coach Beth Baker founded Running Evolution as a social outlet for aspiring runners. Beth has coached more than 400 nonrunners into trotting through 5Ks and marathons, and?with the help of skilled instructors?helms several group classes within what Examiner.com proclaims, a "positive and supportive environment." Running Evolution also hosts weight-loss boot camps, Free Friday runs throughout West Seattle, and full-on marathon-training courses, pushing clients from all ends of the fitness spectrum toward achieving their goal of having Gatorade celebratorily dumped all over them.
The course itself carries on that fun vibe, too. Winding through city streets and local parks, the 5K route is dotted with hydration stations that dole out hot chocolate. Holiday music, a giant Santa inflatable, and snow blowers help to set
Nestled along the shores of Lake Washington, Magnuson Park hosts the Magnuson Series, a monthly medley of running and walking events designed for all skill levels. Each series includes a 5k and a 10k run and walk, as well as a 15k run and a 400-meter dash for kids. In addition, attendees can often participant in marathons, duathlons, and even enroll their pups in doggie dashes. Rather than challenge repeat runners with new courses, the series keeps its same courses every month so racers can measure their improvement. Proceeds from each event go toward the non-profit Club Northwest, as well as various charities dedicated to preserving native plant habitats and green spaces.
Now in its 34th year, the Shore Run/Walk lets legs sprint or saunter to raise funds for immunotherapy research at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Opt for a 5K race starting in Leschi Park or a 10K jaunt beginning in Ferdinand Park. During each event, runners move their bodies' natural stilts through a scenic course and soak up views of Lake Washington. Though not included in this Groupon, there's also a half-mile kids' run ($10 for registration) that allows little ones to exercise muscles for a length of time directly proportionate to their attention spans and shoe size. All races begin in the morning and conclude in Madison Park with snacks, music, prizes, and high-fiving of weary feet.
Corks and Canvas Events, like a work of fine art, came about by pairing a good idea with a passion to create. The founders both came from the marketing world, where they spent their days devising campaigns and events to inspire their audiences to take action. A shared love for art and wine inspired them to bend their action-creating talents toward a new goal?hosting painting and wine events in area wineries and wine bars, allowing guests to "uncork their creativity" and promote the burgeoning Washington wine industry in a social setting.
Their idea took the form of Corks and Canvas Events, where experienced artists lead guests step-by-step through the painting creation process. Guests re-create various paintings, everything from lush vineyard scenes to preening roosters, while sipping on glasses of local wines.
Tailgating parties usually happen on game day. The 5K TAILGATE gleefully bucks this tradition, however, channeling the energy and revelry normally reserved for football outings to host a 5K color run and, of course, a rousing tailgate party. Once suited up in white t-shirts or their local team's football jerseys, participants jog their way through the verdant Mountain Meadows Farm as volunteers lob colored powder at them along the way.
At the end of the run, prismatic participants can chow down on BBQ goodies and rehydrate with cold beers. All the while, live DJs and musicians regale eardrums with pulse-pounding tunes, and photo booths help preserve memories and spot-on Marty Feldman impersonations.