Note: This article has been corrected. Due to a reporter's error, the day of the Seahawks 12k listed in this story and in Friday's print edition was incorrect. The race takes place Sunday, April 13. We apologize for the error.
Renton will host about 10,000 runners this Sunday as part of the Seahawks 12k Run 2014 at The Landing.
This is the fifth annual Seahawks 12k in Renton and twice as many people are registered. Organizers speculate the increase is because of the team's Super Bowl win earlier this year.
"The Seahawks winning the Super Bowl has many people excited about participating in this race," said Jeff Orswell, of Orswell Events, who is the special event producer, contracted by The Landing.
The race begins and ends at The Landing, with some of the course around the Seahawks training facility, the Virginia Mason Athletic Center or VMAC. The event also includes the GLOW 5k Run/Walk, touring The Landing and the Seahawks Play 60 Half-Mile Kids Run, which is completely contained within The Landing grounds.
There will be 6,000 new parking stalls added this year to accommodate race-goers. There will also be more kids' activities and attractions, including an inflatable trophy. Seahawks players are expected to be at the water station located near the VMAC, along the race course.The race will also collect donations on behalf of and help raise money for A Better Seattle, an organization that works to reduce Seattle area youth and gang violence.
The race will have a combined start, with the 12k starting at 9 a.m. and the 5k at 9:20 a.m., in wave starts. The race website details the street closures that will happen throughout North Renton on Sunday for the race. Last year there were 5,000 finishers. There will be an awards ceremony for the top three male and female finishers. Post-race raffle prizes include signed memorabilia, tickets to a game and a signed football.
For the first time, a local organizer is also collecting food at the race to help the Salvation Army Renton Rotary Food Bank and the REACH Center of Hope. David Murphy, of Renton's Victoria Park neighborhood, has put together the "12th Can Food Drive" in conjunction with the event.
Murphy, who has a background in the hospitality market, started doing food drives as a competition between neighborhoods during the City of Renton's summer community picnics. Last year, the effort brought in 1,300 pounds of food. Murphy tracked the collection on Facebook so neighborhoods could see how much they were contributing. He won't track race attendees' donations on Sunday, but hopes that people will remember to bring donations and give generously.
“People come together to have fun and commit time and effort to support our neighbors in need, which builds healthy communities and is extremely heartening for everyone involved," Murphy said in a press release. "We are also honored to be associated with the Seahawks, especially now with a great season behind us and another on our doorstep.”
The Salvation Army Renton Rotary Food Bank has been experiencing very low numbers of food items in recent months. The center is down between 25,000 to 26,000 pounds of food.
"We've seen a significant decrease in the last few months," said Beverly Storey, director of social services for the Renton Salvation Army. "I'm assuming it's because the holidays are over, but people are still hungry."
Murphy contacted the food bank with his idea of attaching a drive to the race."I think it's absolutely fantastic; I just love how the citizens of Renton want to help," said Storey. "This a great way to do it."
Murphy is hoping to inspire people to bring food through the help of the Seahawks' notoriety at the race. He's enlisted the help of the football organization, The Landing merchants and the Grand Hyatt that have all contributed prizes to a raffle.
For more information on the Seahawks 12k, visit www.seahawks12krun.com or for more on the 12th Can Food Drive, visit wwww.facebook.com/12thcan.