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Fremont 5K & Briefcase Relay This Friday

June 6th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

The annual Fremont 5K & Briefcase Relay is coming up on Friday, June 10th at 6:00 p.m.

If you’re not familiar with the Briefcase Relay, teams consist of 5 people who each run one kilometer of the 5K course while dressed from the waist up in business attire. Each team must carry a briefcase that is relayed from team member to the next until the last (the 5th) team member crosses the finish line. Click here to see the course route and the four briefcase relay exchange zone locations.

Briefcase relay participants are also being asked to carry 5 cans of food in their briefcases that then will be donated to Solid Ground.

Participants can run or walk in the 5K run/walk that takes place at 7:00pm. With a relatively flat and very fast 3.1 mile course that runs on the streets near Fremont, this USATF certified course attracts both the local elite runners as well as those who are looking for a little exercise prior to spending the evening in the beer garden.

Strollers and leashed dogs are both allowed in the 5K.

As with the year’s past, this year’s event is implementing a number of green-focused initiatives while participants are asked to help with cash & food donations to support Solid Ground.

Get all the other info you need such as fees, schedules and locations at the official site and check out the Facebook page for any last-minute updates.

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Fremont street closures today; this weekend

June 11th, 2010 by Athima Chansanchai

If you’re not going to be part of the Fremont 5K & Briefcase Relay today, try to find alternate routes around downtown Fremont this afternoon and tonight, as streets will be closed for the event.

North 34th Street will be closed between Fremont Avenue N. and Stone Way N. for staging beginning at 5:45 p.m. The course begins at N. 34th Street east of Fremont Avenue N; proceeds east on 34th to NE Pacific Street; then east on Pacific to N. 40th Street; at 40th the runners and walkers move on to the Burke-Gilman trail; then head west on the Burke-Gilman Trail to Stone Way N. and N. 34th Street; and finally goes west on 34th to finish at Fremont Avenue N.

In fact, it might be easier to bike or walk around our part of town this weekend.

SDOT also has a Traffic advisory in effect for the whole weekend due to a number of large events Seattle-wide. Including: UW Graduation, Roosevelt Neighborhood Parade, Leschi Shore Run and Seattle University’s Commencement Ceremony.

For the UW Graduation, which might have an impact on Fremont residents, from SDOT:

Expect heavy congestion with both pedestrians and vehicles near the stadium between noon and 6 p.m. Anticipate heavier traffic than usual on I-5 through the University District and on SR-520. At approximately 3:30 p.m., Seattle Police will set up traffic controls closing Montlake Boulevard between NE Pacific Street and NE 45th Street to through traffic to help move cars parked in the stadium lots out of the area after the ceremonies. Traffic approaching the closure will be detoured around the area. This restriction, which is similar to traffic routing for Husky football games, will be in effect until approximately 5:30 p.m. Avoid the Montlake Bridge if possible.

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Fremont 5K & Briefcase Relay Friday

June 9th, 2010 by Athima Chansanchai

Friday after work in Fremont, keep on your business attire – and run/walk to benefit charity.

It’s time again for the Fremont 5K & Briefcase Relay, beginning at 6 p.m. The 5K begins at 7 p.m. Organizers are expecting close to 1,000 people, with about 250 of them in the costumed briefcase relay.

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Photo from the 2009 Briefcase Relay

Those who registered by mail, in-store or online before noon on Tuesday, June 8 are eligible to pick up race packets and shirts at Super Jock n Jill on Thursday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. If you registered after this, you need to pick your packet up on Friday at the race.

If you’re participating in the Briefcase Relay, teams consist of 5 people who each run a kilometer of the 5K course while dressed from the waist up in business attire. The first 60 registered 5-person briefcase relay teams will receive 300 free CHINOOK BOOK coupon books, thanks to PCC Natural Markets.

Each team must carry a briefcase that is relayed from team member to the next until the last (the 5th) team member crosses the finish line.

Briefcase relay participants are also being asked to carry 5 cans of food in their briefcases that then will be donated to the FamilyWorks food bank.

The event benefits two charities. Besides FamilyWorks, a cash donation is given to Solid Ground. Both non-profits are in the same building in Wallingford, but are seperate organizations.

The event has been around for more than 20 years, having been part of the Fremont Fair.

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