Believe it or not, other people like to use Point Defiance too. So, for this week and next week we need to make some changes. This weekend the Tacoma Runners Saturday 5K Run Series moves to its alternate route along Ruston Way on the Tacoma waterfront for what promises to be a fast out-and-back run. The run starts and finishes near the restrooms at Dickman Mill Park, so runners should park either in the parking lot across the street from the Harbor Lights restaurant or in the limited number of spaces near the Silver Cloud Inn.
The route starts at the fire hydrant near the restrooms in Dickman Mill Park and continues along the waterfront sidewalk toward Point Ruston. This means you will run past a number of restaurants including Harbor Lights, the Ram, Shenanigans, Katie Downs and Duke’s as you run along the sidewalk toward the turnaround point. On the way out, the route veers right along the water edge in Cummings Park, then continues down the sidewalk to the turnaround point near the narrow parallel parking strip. A volunteer will be set up at the turnaround point and then the route continues back with the only difference being that you stay on the sidewalk along the roadway through Cummings Park.
This promises to be a fast out-and-back run, so bring your smokin’ fast shoes and set your own personal record on the backup 5K course!