I love traveling and experiencing cities through a race. You see the city through a completely different point-of-view when you run on roads and paths that are not your everyday running routes. And, post-race you have lots of reasons to plan post-race treats and indulgences. It’s a perfect match! But, often this can be exciting and stressful at the same time. You want to find the right balance of preparing for race day while getting the most out of your race-cation.
Well, our wanderlust foodie and running-nerd selves have partnered with Brooks to bring you the Infinite Energy City Guide for race weekend in Seattle. We tapped into the local running community and other traveling race fiends to pick some of the best spots to see, eat, and drink your way through Seattle pre- and post-race. Our recommendations include tips on what will include a lot (or only a little) walking, distance to-and-from hotels and race start/finish, and all the little things to keep you feeling like you have infinite energy all weekend long.
For inspiration and planning, check out our Infinite Energy City Guide: Seattle Pinterest Board. And then on race weekend, use our Infinite Energy City Guide: Seattle Google Map to help navigate you to your favorites. We’ve included a quick summary below, and Team BibRave will be documenting our explorations through Seattle on race weekend, so be sure to follow @BibRave on Instagram.
Infinite Energy City Guide: Seattle
The guide includes selections for the following categories. We’ve noted which spots take reservations (key if you are traveling in a group!) and which don’t, but are still worth the wait.
Top Attractions – If you are visiting Seattle for the 1st time or you’re a regular, we included a mix of “must-see” sights and some “off the beaten path” stops that round out everything this city has to offer.
Top Coffee Stops – From an old staple to a new, modern shop, you’ll experience a wide range of Seattle coffee culture.
Treats – This can be pre- OR post-race, but we always plan a treat to celebrate any finish line. There’s a lot to choose from in Seattle, and we think you’ll love these options.
Pre-Race Dinner – We are beyond the days of plain spaghetti and red sauce. Seattle has a few new, inventive Italian joints that bring to life local ingredients, homemade pastas, and other mouthwatering options for your family and friends that are fueling up to cheer you on!
Post-Race Brunch – Who doesn’t love a post-race bRUNch! Other than treats, this may be the most important meal of the day. Whether you are doing the Half or the Full, we’ve included one option by the finish line and another closer to local hotels.
Post-Race Drinks and More! – Every finish line deserves a celebration. Share the glory and anguish of race day before you head back home.
Go-To Running Shops – Experience local running culture and connect with one of the many locally-owned running shops in town. They are great go-tos for last minute fuel and/or to reward an awesome race with a new piece of gear! We also recommend the Brooks Trailhead store (the only one in the country!) right by their headquarters in the trendy Fremont neighborhood.