Environmental Adventure Race Benefits West Seattle Parks

Seattle Parks and Recreation, Neighborhoods and HP3 are teaming up to put on Seattle’s first Environmental Adventure Race in West Seattle – featuring Camp Long, Westcrest Park and other local parks and greenbelts.

If you’re in West Seattle’s Delridge neighborhood on Saturday, April 16, you’re likely to see an unusual sight: runners carrying buckets of gravel and pushing wheelbarrows full of mulch.

They are participating in Seattle’s first Environmental Adventure Race. Conceived by Healthy Parks, Healthy People, Healthy Planet (HP3), the 16-mile Adventure Race pushes participants to their physical limits while they restore trails, build habitat and plant trees in West Seattle parks.

“HP3 is the first and only event to combine running and restoration,” said Amanda Zahler, the race organizer. “It takes adventure racing to the next level.”

The partnership of HP3, Seattle Parks and Recreation, and the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods is engaging communities in the event to bring people’s attention to environmental stewardship issues, to spotlight a fitness opportunity, and to get some real, needed work done in area parks.

Seattle Parks and Recreation supports healthy lifestyle choices through our Healthy Parks, Healthy You Initiative. Parks promotes physical activity and wellness programs that serve our diverse community with nearly endless opportunities to achieve at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise each day. Public trails, playgrounds, gyms, pools, athletic fields, beaches, and fitness programs abound in Seattle – and most of them are free or low-cost.

The race features two divisions:

  • Elite, for experienced and highly competitive runners, and
  • Open for less competitive runners who prefer a relay style event.

To register for the race, please go to www.hp3challenge.com.   To get a sense of what the race involves go to the course page and review the race and here’s the race path map.

The race is followed by the HP3 Green Leaf Festival in White Center, between SW 98th and SW 100th Sts., starting at 1:00 pm. The festival will feature local artists and musicians, and local businesses will showcase their “green” practices. Participants will also power the event by riding electricity-producing bikes.

HP3 is funded in part by an award from Seattle’s Neighborhood Matching Fund, and the title sponsor of the event is Puget Sound Energy.

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