Normandy Park’s Marvista School to be 75-mile Start for ‘Ride Around the Sound’

Over 500 cyclists will pedal their way through the inaugural, 75-mile “Ride Around the Sound” bike ride, which starts at Marvista Elementary in Normandy Park on Saturday, Sept. 15th.

This ride will serve as a benefit for the American Lung Association in Washington.

The ride features five distance options around Puget Sound, ranging from 100 miles to a family-friendly ride of under 15 miles in West Seattle.

This Normandy Park route is “an excellent long distance day of exquisite riding,” according to an announcement, which continues:

Your start is in Normandy Park and the first destination is the small town of Des Moines. This is the first of a long stretch of views of the sound, Vashon Island, and Deception Point. Continuing south through Redondo Beach, a relaxing town so close to the water you’ll be practically floating. An easy loop through Browns Point will land you at the lighthouse for a rest stop with incredible views – definitely a good photo spot. From here you can see where you came from and where you are going. Look closely and you will see Gig Harbor across the way.

Rainier becomes your guide as you make our way to Tacoma and its industrial port of towering ships. Then we turn towards downtown and through the older enchanging neighborhoods in route to a relaxing lunch stop. After lunch, the course crossed the famed Tacoma Narrows Bridge as you begin your route on the Kitsap Peninsula.

The Kitsap Peninsula offers us spectacular views, rolling hills, coastal hamlets and, surprisingly, camels. First you will make your way to Gig Harbor, a little inlet town with calm waters. From there you will head inland towards the long lake and rolling, gentle hills of the peninsula. The final rest stop is in Port Orchard with a great view of the water and naval yard. Your final leg of the jourey takes you by the camels (how cool!) and to the relaxing ferry ride.

At the ferry terminal, we have snacks and water available. Once you reach Seattle, you can take our optional shuttle or ride back to South Seattle Community College for the finish line party.

The event offers full support including breakfast at all starts, lunch on the course, five rest stops, detailed ride guides, and more. A delicious feast, beer and music await riders at the finish line party at South Seattle Community College. Relaxing coastal lodging is also available for participants who want to make the event a weekend getaway.

“We are thrilled to offer this amazing route with spectacular views of the Sound,” said Renée Klein, President and CEO of the American Lung Association of the Mountain Pacific. “What better way to celebrate clean air and healthy lungs than with a fun event in the beautiful outdoors?”

The American Lung Association in Washington invites the Burien/Normandy Park cycling community to come out and join us on Saturday, September 15th, to help raise funds to for healthy lungs and clean air. Register before event day to reserve your spot and save money on your registration fee. For more information and to register online, visit “Ride Around the Sound” is proudly supported by local sponsors, including Highline Medical Center, Burien Toyota and Bicycles West.

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