Yukon Do It
Yukon Do It
Seattle is such a beautiful area with so much to see and do. If you are lucky like we were, you arrive in the daytime at Seattle’s airport so you can get a good view of some of the surrounding mountains, forests, and harbor area. Seattle is home to cool sites like the Space Needle, Pike Place Market, and Elliot Bay Book Company .
We were there for just a short while and marveled at the natural grandeur of the Puget Sound area contrasted with the modern skyline. After checking in at an AirBnB, we went for packet pick up and we drove to the bookstore to browse around. After dinner downtown, at a small restaurant, we were able to see the space needle light up before heading back for the night.
The Yukon Do It Marathon is right before the end of the year in Port Orchard, WA across the water from Bremerton. We woke up to a colder morning with very light misting rain. Overall the conditions were decent but some areas had some slick spots. There weren’t too many racers, especially for the full marathon. The course was a double out and back. I remember the serenity of being right next to the water for most of the race. I was in a very meditative state at several points on the race course. Perhaps it was the natural beauty of the area, the very flat course, or a sparseness of other runners to jockey for position with that led to that state.
Endings were of course tough for myself as well as my wife who wasn’t feeling as good as I was on that particular day. But we finished a marathon and got a medal, the two most important things. There are people that argue for the appeal of really huge races, but I feel the opposite. I like a smaller field of marathoners. I enjoy being able to have room to run, room to stop and stretch, and feel free to just run my race.
I think the Yukon Do It marathon is a great way to end a year in the Seattle area. Especially if you don’t mind the Seattle weather.