Queen Anne’s network of stairways all over the hill has been an iconic part of the neighborhood since it’s earliest days. And, we have some of the oldest existing stairs in the city of Seattle. A few years ago, Thomas Horton mapped all of the stairs on our hill in his Stairs Map with the Queen Anne Historical Society. And now, SeattleStairwayWalks.com is joining in on an Epic Seattle Solstice Stairway Run to traverse Queen Anne’s and other neighborhoods’ stairs throughout the city, and you should too!
The Epic Seattle Solstice Stairway Run will take place all day on Saturday, June 21st (summer solstice day). Local stair enthusiast Michael Yadrick designed the route for the all-day run, which begins at 5:12 a.m. in West Seattle and ends at 9:12 p.m. here in Queen Anne. “Michael’s major inspiration came from reading an article in Outdoors NW magazine about a group of friends who ran ALL the stairs in Seattle over a period of several years,” says the Seattle Stairway Foot Tour Facebook page. “Yadrick has been dreaming about a citywide Seattle run for a few years.”
During the run, participants will run, climb, hike, and – toward the end of the day, most likely – trudge more than 60 miles and 15,000 stair steps. That’s a cumulative elevation change of 11,000 feet! The race is set for June 21st, the summer solstice and therefore the date this year with the longest amount of sunlight, for safety reasons – so that racers can climb all of the staircases of Seattle in daylight.
According to the event Facebook page, “While the public stairways are an incredible asset for Seattle as well as targets to navigate towards, the endeavor will also highlight all the Emerald City has to offer: gorgeous views, natural areas, elevation change, gritty littered streets, tree-lined boulevards, cafes, etc.”
Interested in joining? Runners of all levels of fitness and skill are welcome! Click here for the map and route.
Featured photo from Seattle Stairway Foot Tour’s Facebook page, via Google Earth.