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Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon 2012
Start Line: Seattle Center
Experience Music Project
325 5th Ave. N
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 729-3660

When: Sunday, Nov. 25 – 8:15 a.m.

In 1970, a group of University of Washington students founded the annual Seattle Marathon. In its 42nd year, the city of Seattle can expect about 17,000 runners and walkers. For information on traffic and road closures, the best places to park, best marathon viewing locations and what eateries are nearby, check out this spectator’s guide.


Click here for information on race-day parking.

When looking for parking spots near the marathon start line, there is no shortage of street parking as well as pay lots around the Seattle Center. On Sundays, Seattle Center-area street parking is free, while pay lots will charge a nominal fee for a block of time or all-day parking. The closer you park to the event, the more the lot usually charges. A large parking garage, located on 4th and Mercer Sstreets, is also open to marathon participants and spectators.

Road Closures

Click here for a full-scale map of affected streets.

The Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon will close down several Seattle streets and neighborhoods. Some may be partially closed, while others could be closed fully until all runners pass certain mile markers. The following is a list of streets affected during the marathon:

  • 5th Avenue – Street closed from 5:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.
  • I-90 Floating Bridge – Express lanes closed from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • Lake Washington Boulevard West to Seward Park and back – Street restricted from 7:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Lake Washington Boulevard East at 36th Avenue South to McGilvra Boulevard East – Northbound lane closed from 7:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Lake Washington Boulevard to East Interlaken Boulevard – Traffic restricted from 8:15 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.
  • Lake Washington Boulevard to East Interlaken Boulevard to I-5 – Street closed 8:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.
  • Boylston Avenue east to the finish line at Memorial Stadium – Street closed on one side from 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Spectator Locations

The best locations along the Amica Seattle Marathon route to view runners include the starting point at 5th Avenue, as well as the finish line at Memorial Stadium, between 4th and 5th avenues north. Other top spectator viewpoints include Mercer Street, which is toward the end of the marathon; anywhere along Lake Washington Boulevard, which is in the middle of the marathon; and East Interlaken or Boylston Avenue East, also toward the end of the marathon.


The Westin Seattle
1900 5th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98101
(800) 937-8461

The nearest and preferred hotel for Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon is The Westin Seattle. It is the primary location for events happening before and after the marathon. Marathon-related events taking place at The Westin include the Health and Fitness Expo, UWMC lectures and the Carb Load Dinner.


Steamer’s Seafood Cafe
305 Harrison St.
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 728-2228

Steamer’s Seafood Cafe is located about half way between the Seattle marathon’s starting and ending points. The restaurant is best known for its signature seafood entrees including its fish and chips, fish tacos and clam chowder. Steamer’s also offers a great selection of tasty microbrews.

Sport Restaurant and Bar
140 4th Ave. N
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 404-7767

The Sport Restaurant and Bar is a Zagat-rated dining establishment located not far from Seattle’s Space Needle. It features daily specials and full-service dining. Signature menu items include its Angus burgers, thin-crust pizzas and specialty chili. Choose from a variety of beers on tap or by the bottle as well.

Zeeks Pizza
419 Denny Way
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 504-3091

Open since 1993, Zeeks Pizza can be found right next to the marathon’s starting point. This Zagat-rated restaurant serves thick, ingredient-filled pizza pies, veggie pizzas, salads and breadsticks. Zeeks alcoholic beverages of wine, beer and cocktails are for dine-in customers only.

Sue Gabel has been writing entertainment and travel-related articles in the greater Puget Sound/Seattle area since 1999. She writes about music, the Seattle scene and more. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.