Emerald City Open

October 6, 2018 at Lower Woodland Park

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Results have been added to our results page. Your constructive comments for improvement can be directed to Lance Thompson (lance_thompson@hotmail.com), Events Committee chair, or Bill Roe (tracknet@mac.com), Events Committee manager and meet director. Sorry for forgetting to follow up on the tee-shirt awards — they will be forthcoming. Thanks to Lance, Bill, Rick Albright, Kimber Hinson, Tahoma Doyon, Drew Polley, PNTF’s Bob Springer, and a host of CNW members on the course with rakes and (what else?) orange vests for making things go on race morning! And kudos to Saul Kinderis, Waqar Shaikh, and Ed Haywood for pitching in to help organize the team and provide snacks!


We do not necessarily need to move off the October 5 weekend, as the WWU Classic will only move up one weekend to October 13 when the NCAA Division II championship schedule reverts to normal. But teams need to let us know whether that or two weeks before WWU (September 28) works better.

2019 SUGGESTED Schedule

9:00 a.m. – Race Day Registration  Opens

10:00 a.m. Community Run 2k or 4k

10:30 a.m. – Women’s 6K

11:15 a.m. – Men’s 8K 

Noon – Awards at Start/Finish line

Registration & Fees

Teams should email tracknet@mac.com by September 15 if you intend to compete in the meet. Entries are due by the Thursday before the meet to DirectAthletics.

Please pay your fees online as you enter. Checks for teams can be submitted on day of race as long as the team/individual has entered by the above entry date without paying day-of-race fees.  Entry fees are $100 per team for each men’s and women’s team you wish to have scored, and $10 for individuals or members of incomplete teams. Fees on race day are $150 per team or $15 per individual, so please don’t wait. Community race entry fees are $5 per person or $10 per family, either in advance or on race day.

The tent at the start/finish lines will be the packet pickup location. At this time, we will ask you to declare your team and scratch any non-competing runners. Unattached runners are welcome!


There are no facilities for concessions or lockers at Lower Woodland Park. Bathrooms are adjacent to the registration area in the picnic shelter. Picnic shelters may be rented from the Seattle Parks Department at (206) 684-4080.

Start and Calls

The starting line is on the hillside above the finish, at the southeast corner of the park near the North 50th Street parking lot. First call will be 20 minutes before each event, and a starting pistol gun shot will sound with 10 minutes remaining before each start.


The course is located at Lower Woodland Park in the Green Lake neighborhood. We use a 2,000-meter loop. It is the route marked with the solid line on the course map. The loop course is moderately rolling.


Finishing and Scoring

The finish line is on the hillside below the start. It will be clearly marked with a banner and clock. Scoring will take place at the end of the chute. The top five members of each team will score. There will be two displacing runners for each team. “B” team scoring will be performed only for declared “B” teams. Non-scorers will be removed from the scoring for an accurate score. For masters teams from clubs to score separately, clubs need to provide age information when signing up.

Results & Awards

Results will be prepared at the registration shelter and made available to teams on the spot.  Awards will be presented to the top five individuals in the men’s and women’s races immediately following compilation of the men’s results.  Prizes will include commemorative tee-shirts to the top ten finishers in the men's and women's races, and the top male and female in the community race.

Where to Stay

If your team is coming from out of town and looking for a place to stay, please contact the Seattle Sports Commission for their recommendations. Mention that Club Northwest is the event host.


Emerald City Open was started by the UW in 1989. In the mid-1990s, with the advent of the Sundodger Classic, Seattle University was given the meet to host. Club Northwest started helping SU in 1997. In 2017, the meet host became Club Northwest. We are proud to keep this historic meet alive.