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Tuesday Night Trail To Grill Series: Summer Eddy 4 Mi | 8 Mi
August 3, 2021 @ 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm PDT
An event every year that begins at 5:30 pm on day first of August, repeating until August 2, 2022
The Tuesday Night Trail to Grill series offers an opportunity to enjoy the long days of summer and get your trail fix on a weeknight. All runs end with grilled hot dogs (vegetarian too!) and watermelon or other cool treats. Distances range from 4 kilometers to 10 miles. Come make the most of summer evenings, and put these fun runs on your calendar!
Situated on the northeast shoreline of Lake Washington, Saint Edward State Park is a gem of the Washington State Park system. The beauty of its natural forest areas and undeveloped waterfront, its proximity to the Eastside and Seattle population centers, and its well-maintained amenities, including historic buildings, convenient parking, pleasant picnic areas, a phenomenal children’s play structure, and many miles of wonderful trails make it a favorite destination for hiking, mountain biking, and running. The park is named after St. Edward Seminary, which operated in a large building that still stands in the park today and is recognized in the National Register of Historic Places.
The trails at St. Edward State Park are mostly moderate or narrow in width, including straighter stretches interspersed with winding singletrack. There are a few sections with moderate amounts of roots or rocks in the trail that keep the running fun and playful, without becoming a chore to pick through. There are a few more highly trafficked trails that are wider and very well-groomed. Since the park is perched along the banks of Lake Washington, the trails are steep in the southern and western portions of the park, as they drop 85m (approx. 279 feet) down to the river from the grassy park area near the old seminary. The trails in the northern and eastern portions of the park are known for their swooping turns, which makes them popular with mountain bikers, and a blast to run on.
Early in the course, you’ll run out a wide trail then back on fun, swoopy, twisting single track. Next, you’ll hightail it down to the water where you’ll get to cruise along the shore for a while. Be sure to catch your breath, because what goes down, must come back up! 4-milers will run one loop, 8-milers run two loops.
The aid station is located at the start/finish, which is about the halfway point for 8-mile runners.
The aid station offers water, electrolyte drink, and some carbohydrate-rich or salty foods, such as cookies, pieces of energy bar, gels, chews, chips, bagel, fruity candy, fig bars, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and bananas.
5:30pm – Day-of-event registration opens
6:20pm – Pre-start briefing
6:30pm – Start
9:00pm – Course closes
Directions & Parking
A DISCOVER PASS IS REQUIRED to park at St. Edward State Park. You may buy a $10 one-day pass at the park, or purchase a $35 annual pass online or in-store at participating retailers. Visit the Discover Pass website for more information.
There is plentiful parking near the start/finish/registration area.
Event details subject to change; check event websites for details.