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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor

SUBJECT: Thousands to Walk and Run for Arthritis Cure on Sunday

12/10/2009  3:30:00 PM
Norm Mah  (206) 684-8114

Thousands to Walk and Run for Arthritis Cure on Sunday
Motorists should plan for possible traffic delays  

SEATTLE – Sunday morning, December 13, thousands of children and adults are expected to brave the cold for the annual Jingle Bell Run and Walk for Arthritis in downtown Seattle.  Also taking place that morning is the Our Lady of Guadalupe Procession on Beacon Hill.  The Seattle Department of Transportation advises motorists that there may be delays associated with the two events, particularly the Jingle Bell Run and Walk. Shoppers are encouraged reduce their stress and their impact on the environment and take the bus, and or the Sounder and Link Rail into downtown Seattle.

Jingle Bell Run and Walk for Arthritis:  6:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Downtown Seattle and I-5 Express Lanes
11,700 participants
Courses and times:
1K Fun Run for children/Elves gets underway at 8:20 a.m.  The run starts outside Westlake Center at Fifth Avenue and Pine Street;  heads south on Fifth;  turns around at Spring Street; heads north on Fifth Avenue to Pike; turns east on Pike to Sixth Avenue; then moves north on Sixth to the finish line at Pine Street. 

5K run and walk for adults begins in three waves of runners:  Rudolf Runners at 8:50 a.m.; Dasher Dashers at 9:05 a.m.; and Santa Striders at 9:15 a.m. The run heads south on Fifth Avenue from Pine to Columbia streets; turns east and enters the I-5 Express Lanes; goes north to approximately Mercer Street; makes a U-turn and goes south on the I-5 Express Lanes exiting at Stewart Street; moves south on Eastlake Avenue E to Howell Street; west on Howell to Boren Avenue; south on Boren to Pine Street; west on Pine to the finish line at Sixth Avenue.

The following streets will be closed at 6:30 a.m. for staging: Fifth Avenue between Olive Way and Pike Street and Pine Street from Sixth to Fourth avenues.  Streets to close at 8:00 a.m. for the 1K and 5K runs:  Fifth Avenue between Stewart and Spring streets and Pine Street between Fifth to Ninth avenues.  The remainder of streets and I-5 Express Lanes will close at 8:35 a.m.

Our Lady of Guadalupe Procession: 9:30 a.m.
Our Lady of Guadalupe Church to Saint Mary Church
265 participants
Procession route: Starts at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, 3010 S. Charlestown Street, heading west on S Charlestown Street to Renton Avenue S; north on Renton to Martin Luther King (MLK) Jr Way S; north on MLK Way S to 23rd Avenue S; north on 23rd to S Judkins Street; west on Judkins to 20 th Avenue S; north on 20th to S Weller Street to Saint Mary Church at 611 20th Avenue S. 

Streets will close and then reopen as the procession moves along. Seattle Police will escort.

The Seattle Department of Transportation builds, maintains and operates Seattle's $12 billion transportation infrastructure. To further Mayor Nickels’ goal to get Seattle moving, the department manages short- and long-term investments in streets, bridges, pavement and trees, that better connect the city with the region.

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