Sweat, Sprint And Sip Your Way To Fun At The 2017 Hot Chocolate Run!

It’s almost time to lace up those running shoes and sign up for the annual Hot Chocolate 15/5k run! This year’s yummy and fun event kicks off on Sunday, March 5th at Seattle Center How’s that for a great way to spend the first Sunday-Funday of March, both for seasoned runners and first-timers who aren’t afraid of a challenge!

The fun begins bright and early at 6:45a.m. with the 5K and the 15k starts at 7:55a.m. Race participants can expect a fun, well organized and challenging race through the heart of beautiful Downtown Seattle (hills and all!), a fabulous SWAG bag of goodies to take home, of course, delicious chocolate. Talk about motivation to finish strong!

If you’re looking for a fun way to spend your Sunday while getting a great workout, consider signing up for this once-a-year event. The challenge is worth it to get to the Post Race Party where runners will enjoy music, a family friendly environment and a ‘finisher’s mug’ filled with hot chocolate, chocolate fondue and delightfully dippable treats. Don’t count the calories, you will have more than earned this chocolate indulgence!

The Hot Chocolate Run isn’t just a great way to spend a day off. The Hot Chocolate Run is partnered with Ronald McDonald House Charities, helping to provide a home-away-from-home for children and the families of children being treated at Seattle Children’s’ Hospital, at little to no cost to the families. A portion of the proceeds from signing up for this race will go to this outstanding cause, helping to make a real difference in our community.

Not into running or chocolate? That’s fine! But be aware, this race will take place in Downtown Seattle and along many main roads and thoroughfares, so you will want to plan ahead for any travel on that day. Take a look at the map (left) to see the route and read the chart below for a street closure timeline, to help you plan your day.

This event is great to do with friends, family or even by yourself. You’ll probably leave with new friends after a little friendly competition! This event brings together people from all over the city and state, so get out there, mix, mingle and help build a wonderful feeling of community in our fair city. Sprint into Springtime at this fabulous annual event, get a good sweat on and maybe even make some new friends….oh and eat chocolate! Do we really need to sell you on this?

For more info on this event, road closures, the post-race party and more, visit the Hot Chocolate Run website here.




Anticipated Road Closures:

Street Closure From To Side of Road Closure Time Anticipated Opening
2nd Ave Thomas St Broad St Whole Road 6:15AM 9:10AM
Broad St 2nd Ave Elliott Ave Westbound 6:15AM 9:15AM
Elliott Ave Broad St SR-99 NB On-Ramp SB One Lane 6:15AM 9:20AM
Elliott Ave SR-99 NB On-Ramp Western Ave Whole Road 6:20AM 9:20AM
Western Ave Elliott Ave Spring St Whole Road 6:20AM 9:40AM
SR-99 Bell St John St NB Lanes 6:15AM 11:15AM
SR-99 Western Ave John St SB Lanes 6:15AM 10:25AM
Aurora Ave Denny Way 45th St NB Lanes 6:15AM 11:15AM
Aurora Ave 38th St Denny Way SB Lanes 6:15AM 10:25AM
Harrison St Aurora Ave Dexter Ave Whole Road 6:25AM 11:15AM
Dexter Ave Harrison St Mercer St SB One Lane 6:25AM 11:15AM
Mercer St Dexter Ave 5th Ave East Bound Lanes 6:25AM 11:20AM
5th Ave Mercer St Thomas Ave SB Lanes 3:00AM 12:00PM
5th Ave Mercer St Thomas Ave NB Lanes 6:25AM 11:25AM

Survey Shows Lower Queen Anne Residents are Lukewarm on Key Arena Remodel

A new survey of Seattle residents who live or work near Lower Queen Anne, shows a majority are not excited about a remodel or expansion of KeyArena.

The results were released Monday night by the Uptown Alliance, the neighborhood group encompassing Lower Queen Anne. It says 800 nearby residents and workers were polled about their feelings on the potential project.

The City of Seattle recently put out a request for proposals, or RFP, for potential renovation of the iconic venue at Seattle Center.

The Uptown Alliance presented the findings, during a public meeting with representatives from AEG and the Oak View Group, who have both publicly expressed interest in a major renovation.

The poll asked specifically if people agreed that “remodel and expansion (was) OK – but preserve the iconic roofline.”  Only 41 percent agreed, 33 percent were neutral, and 27 percent disagreed. The same respondents were asked if they like the KeyArena exterior as is, and 37 percent agreed, 35 percent were neutral, and 28 percent disagreed.  Only 36 percent agreed with the idea of a total demolition.

Uptown Alliance leaders concluded the poll found that a vast majority of residents are interested in keeping the KeyArena roof and have concerns about parking and transportation in the area.

The city’s RFP deadline is April 12, and the city’s Economic Development Director Brian Surratt said again on Monday that his office hopes to have a recommendation by the end of June.

Meanwhile, just last week, Chris Hansen’s investment group refiled it’s street vacation petition with the city to eliminate a one block stretch of Occidental Avenue South so it can build a complex in SODO.  That review is expected to last several months.

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Vending Machine for Snapchat Spectacles Arrives in Lower Queen Anne

The hyped-up and much-anticipated arrival of Snap’s Spectacles is here! The first bright yellow vending machine was installed just outside of the Dick’s Drive-In restaurant in Lower Queen Anne on Wednesday, Feb. 8th.

A line quickly queued up, eventually wrapping around the building – some people waited for more than an hour!

The Snap Spectacles vending machines launched last November in Venice Beach, and hundreds lined up there to purchase their pair. Ever since, Snap has added vending machines around the U.S. – when a new one arrives, Snap tweets an on-site image without explanation, leaving fans to hunt for the new Snapbot machine location. The vending machines are the only place to get the glasses.


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Teatro Zinzanni to Move from Lower Queen Anne

Teatro Zinzanni has been told to vacate the property across from McCaw Hall, where the vibrant cabaret and dinner theater has been operating since 2007. The land had originally been gifted to the Seattle Opera for a new home, but that project had been suspended due to the Great Recession. Now, the project has been revived with a decision to sell and the Opera signed a purchase agreement late in 2016 with Washington Holdings.

Teatro Zinzanni has been put on notice to leave by March 15th. Not surprisingly, founder and artistic director Norm Langhill wants the project’s developers to let Teatro Zinzanni and their vintage tent stay on the site while the project is in permitting. However, that’s not a possibility, according to project manager Maria Barrientos.

“We wish them the best in finding another site,” Barrientos says, “but I think I can say it’s been very clear their lease expired on March 15.”

Langhill confirms that fact, but the circumstances still present a serious problem for Teatro ZInzanni and its employees, since a relocation would require several months to rebuild and resume operations. That would mean layoffs of up to 100 people.

The dinner theater is pursuing public support for a temporary lease extension, which has garnered support from a variety of prominent members of the community, including Tom Douglas and Heart’s Ann Wilson.

“I think it’s important, as the city adapts to change, that it also makes sure its beloved cultural treasures should be part of the future of the city,” Langhill said.

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