Much like identifying good real estate, when it comes to inspired running,

Illustration by Kelly Thompson

Illustration by Kelly Thompson

Much like identifying good real estate, when it comes to inspired running, the key is often “location, location, location.” For decades the preferred route for local runners (and joggers) has been the Green Lake loop in North Seattle. But given the influx of new residents, many of them carless, in South Lake Union, that’s just a little too far from their apartments and offices in Amazon-land. For that reason, we recommend the Lake Union Loop, an almost exact 10K (or 6.2 miles) that takes you across the University and Fremont Bridges, with the water always on your left. (Remember: You must run counterclockwise, as on a track.) The city is gradually developing the route—for runners, walkers, and cyclists alike—into the “Cheshiahud Lake Union Loop,” named in honor of a Duwamish Indian family of the late 19th century. Along the way are Gas Works Park, the new Lake Union Park, and numerous street-end parks—so you can stop and rest on a bench if so inclined.

Lake Union Loop

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