SEATTLE GRAND LAKE UNION SOJOURN – 21K

Picture yourself running around Seattle’s Lake Union, soaking in the city skyline, majestic Olympics, and quirky Gas Works Park – all in one energizing journey!

SEATTLE GRAND LAKE UNION SOJOURN - 21K
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SEATTLE GRAND LAKE UNION SOJOURN - 21K

Picture yourself running around Seattle's Lake Union, soaking in the city skyline, majestic Olympics, and quirky Gas Works Park – all in one energizing journey!

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Get ready for a delightful running adventure around Seattle’s beloved Lake Union! This tour offers a perfect blend of scenic beauty, historical intrigue, and quirky local charm, all packed into a moderately challenging route.

Cruise by the Movie Star: The Sleepless in Seattle Houseboat

One of the highlights of this tour is a glimpse of a real-life movie star – the houseboat featured in the romantic comedy “Sleepless in Seattle.” This iconic vessel isn’t just a movie set; it’s a real floating home, last sold in 2014 and now valued at a staggering several million dollars. As you run by its dock, imagine the meet-cute scene from the movie coming to life.

A Run Through Scenic Vistas and Quirky Landmarks

The Lake Union loop offers a visual treat throughout the journey. You’ll pass by Kite Hill, a popular spot for locals to fly kites and enjoy the panoramic view of the lake and the city skyline. Keep an eye out for colorful kites dancing in the breeze, adding a touch of whimsy to your run.

Next, prepare to be greeted by the one-and-only Fremont Troll. This quirky 18-foot-tall troll sculpture with wild spiky hair and a fondness for Volkswagens is a beloved Seattle landmark. Snap a selfie with the troll, and don’t forget to check underneath the bridge for any captured VW bugs!

Past Ballard Locks and Botanical Delights

The route takes you along the Ballard Locks, a fascinating feat of engineering that allows boats to navigate the water level difference between Lake Union and the saltwater Shilshole Bay. If you’re lucky, you might witness the impressive sight of the locks opening up to let boats pass through. Keep your eyes peeled for seaplanes taking off and landing nearby, adding to the dynamism of the scene.

The Carl S. English Botanical Gardens offer a welcome respite during your run. Here, you can meander through meticulously landscaped gardens bursting with colorful flowers and lush greenery. Take a moment to soak in the tranquility and appreciate the horticultural beauty before continuing your run.

Spotting Wildlife and More!

While spotting a grey whale in the Ballard Locks might be a rare sight (witnessed in 2016!), keep an eye out for other marine and avian life that frequent the lake. You might see playful seals basking in the sun or hear the calls of majestic eagles soaring overhead.

The route also takes you past the MOHAI (Museum of History & Industry) and the Center for Wooden Boats, both interesting spots to explore if you have time after your run. And of course, you’ll get to admire the Fremont and University bridges, architectural marvels that grace the Seattle skyline.

In Conclusion: A Run to Remember

This Lake Union running tour promises a unique blend of exercise, sightseeing, and local flavor. Route: https://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/6044446822

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Facts about the tours

21 km

Private tour

Easy

Individual

English

Flexible

Run start location - Hotel meetup or Standard Meeting Point

Price

1 person121.00/person

2 persons77.00/person

3 persons66.00/person

4-20 persons55.00/person

Standard Meeting Point

At the fountain at Lake Union Park with the Lake Union footbridge on one side and MOHAI on the other.

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