Run the Green Race Report – Sean Celli

Race: Run The Green

Runner: Sean Celli

Race Date: 03/11/2023

Location: Kent, WA

Results: 1:25:24

Strava Activity Link: https://strava.app.link/ayzn6awQlyb

Reppin’ the TRR singlet and hat!

3 Bests – What aspects of the race did you like the most?

  • Super well organized like all Orca races, REI sponsored and even a massage 🙂
  • Good course support with timing mats at 3&10
  • Flat, fast, great scenery

Not so much – Aspects of the race that didn’t do it for you

  • GRT is still having work done so there’s a few bypasses with 6 bridges and extra underpasses. These make for a few sharp turns
  • Out and backs are not so fun, particularly when you get a little congested with 10k participants

Weird factor – What’s the weirdest thing about this race?

100m on InterUrban Trail to get the distance, and a very abrupt turn around a cone. The support crew was 1 meter behind cone and you had to run between the cone and them. I was sure I’d knock her over!

Highlights of your race – What did you do well and enjoy about your race in particular?

I ran with a friend and we paced it perfectly. It was cool and sunny. Singlet and gloves. This course was ideal for my training and I could hear coach telling me that the stoke is on. I channeled it.

Lessons for others – Share your pro-tips on the race to help the next runner

Be comfortable with turns, and like fast and flat. 200’ overall elevation.

Lessons you learned that will help you next time around

I did not need to carry liquids as they had support with cups which was unexpected for Orca!

Aesthetics – Is it a pretty course?

It’s gorgeous on the Green with loads of trees

Difficulty – Is it a tough course?

No, but the 200’ ups are primarily in the back half.

Organized and well run – Did it feel like a well-oiled machine or were they flying by the seat of their pants?

They have it down. Happy, nice, quick results on QR code and AG awards within minutes.

Competition – Is there a strong field?

This was inaugural run, so less than their will be, less than Lake Sam, but a good group of competitors nonetheless

Logistics – Does it require a special handshake, registration a year in advance, hotels all booked? Give us the low down on the nuts and bolts of making the race happen.

If you’re travelling, there’s places in Tukwila or Kent to stay. Easy logistics and free parking at race start, with a 3 minute walk to start line. And lots of porta potties than were brand new. Win!

Aid Stations – Standard fare or anything special to know about the aid stations in terms of what’s available or when?

Nuun and Clif gels. Cups and self fill. They were easy and friendly!

Weather and typical race conditions

It was ideal. 45-55, sun. I wouldn’t expect that for a Seattle March, usually drizzle and 40’s.

Gear – Did you need anything special or is there anything you’d recommend for the next runner?

Check course support on cups. You might need to carry if you require liquids in a 1-2.

Spectators – Is this a friendly course for your friends?

For sure. Loads of places to view, bridge spots are great!

How’s the Swag?

Excellent. Shirts are unique and match great medal. AG awards for top 3 (gun time) in each AG, plus too 3 overall by gender

The Overall Score – How many stars do you give this race and do you recommend that others run it?

5