’Tis the season for setting goals, and if yours include tearing up the trails or track, check out these iconic Seattle races. To help you train, the lineup starts with an easy 5K and ends with a gust-busting 50-mile ultra.
February 14: Cupid 5K
Reason to race: This event ends with both Valentine’s Day lovers and Valentine’s Day haters festivities.
More information: cupid5k.com
March 1: Hot Chocolate Racing Series, 5K, 15K
Reason to race: Finishers receive well-deserved goodie bags stuffed with chocolate-themed prizes.
More information: hotchocolate15k.com
April 19: Whidbey Island Marathon and Half Marathon
Reason to race: Head across the water for the race, but also for a quiet island vacation.
More information: whidbeyislandmarathon.com
May 23: Emerald City Run, 10K, 15K
Reason to race: Costumes are encouraged at this Wizard of Oz–themed race. Enough said.
More information: emeraldcityrun.com
June 13: Seattle Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon and Half Marathon
Reason to race: The national race series will bring large crowds and tons of music to spur you on as you run.
More information: runrocknroll.competitor.com/seattle
July: White River 50-Mile Endurance Run
Reason to run: The course is set in the shadow of Mt. Rainier, offering some of the best racing scenery possible.
More information: whiteriver50.com