Beat the Bridge
Need motivation to run fast? How about a race that crosses over a bridge that gets raised after a certain time? Beat the Bridge does just that, this 8k run has runners travel over Seattle's University Bridge which, as we just alluded to, gets raised part way through the race. So, if you can run fast enough you'll beat the bridge, if not, you get to hang out with your fellow participants until in comes back down. Don't worry, if you don't make the bridge there's a live band, and a bunch of prizes to help pass the time.
This race attractes thousands of runners, walkers, and wheelchair racers each year and is one of the longest running events in the Seattle area, having started back in 1983.
Beat the Bridge is operated as a fundraiser for JDRF, the largest charitable supporter of type 1 diabetes (T1D) research and is considered part of the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes program, which holds annual charitable walks in more than 200 locations in 13 countries. The Walk to Cure Diabetes raised more than $85 million last year.
Beat the Bridge is a looped 8k course that starts and finishes at Huskey Stadium. It's flat and fast, the only obstacle that runners will encounter is of course the bridge that gets raised up at about the 20 minute mark of the race.