Seafair Torchlight Run

One thing the creaky old Alaskan Way Viaduct is good for? The Seafair Torchlight Run, which offers fabulous sunset views of Elliott Bay to its 5K and 8K competitors. The former do an elevated out-and-back, while the latter loop north past Seattle Center, returning south on Fourth Avenue (where the free Torchlight Parade follows at 7:30 p.m.). Both groups are subject to time limits, so the parade can start promptly. One nice feature of this year’s race? The Ronald McDonald House fundraiser Challenge Curley! competition, where you try to outrun the surprisingly fit, tan former Evening Magazine host. (This may be your best chance, since John Curley will still be recovering from the Seafair Sprint Triathlon held six days earlier.) Then make way for the parade of clowns and pirates. Or seek refuge following the race at the F.X. McRory’s after-party. Because even if the 47-year-old Curley kicks your slow, flabby ass, you can still drink more beer than him. Unless, of course, he’s quaffing for charity. Then you’re his bitch. BRIAN MILLER

Sat., July 25, 6:30 p.m., 2009

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