Loop the Lupe obstacle course race returns June 3
Information from Loop the Lupe
Loop the ‘Lupe, the only obstacle course race you’ll find in Seattle city limits, is back on June 3rd in West Seattle “We’re excited to bring in some new challenges for the Loop in 2023,” said race organizer Brian Callanan. “Our new elite course is a terrific event for top-level obstacle course racers. Plus, we’ve added in some new obstacles for all our participants that should make this year the best yet!”
Loop the ‘Lupe has added a new Elite Wave (age 16+) in 2023, featuring nine obstacles on a distance-certified 1K “loop,” which includes a wall climb, a mud pit, and more. Participants finish five loops for the full 5K race, and there are prizes from local restaurants and merchants for top finishers. The Family Wave features seven obstacles on the same loop and offers a good challenge for athletes of all skill levels.
Events begin with a staggered start at 11 a.m. (see www.loopthelupe.com for details).
A one-loop Youth Dash with obstacles is available for kids 7 and under (with adult supervision), and there’s a no-obstacle 5K Run/Walk course for runners and walkers, too. “This is a unique course that can challenge athletes of all experience levels,” says Race Director Jared Loranger, of Fizz Events. “If you think you’re ready to take on the Loop, we’re ready for you!”
For older participants (age 65+), Loop the ‘Lupe also features the “Senior Saunter,” a 100% flat, timed walk that is one of the most popular senior-focused races in Seattle. “It’s a great event that promotes healthy activity for everyone,” says Molly Swain of Providence Mount St. Vincent, an assisted living facility stepping up again as the Loop’s Senior Saunter sponsor. “We’re proud to support the Loop, so bring everyone, grandparents included, for some fun!”
Loop the ‘Lupe will also have live music provided by the students of West Seattle School of Rock. Plus, participants can enjoy food, drinks, and a beer garden (age 21+) for additional purchase. Proceeds raised from the event go towards the costs of social outreach work at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, which operates a safe parking lot for homeless neighbors, coordinates voter registration and racial justice education, and much more. Through their partnership with the St. Vincent de Paul Conference, OLG supports food distribution and assistance for rent and utilities for low-income families. “We’re reaching out to help everyone in our community, regardless of their faith background,” says Parish Administrator Michelle Scheving. “The need for help continues to grow, so we’re grateful for all our participants coming to the Loop, having a good time, and supporting a good cause.”
Registration link: www.loopthelupe.com
Callanan said, "it's best for people to register by then to ensure we get our participants a shirt and there's a $5 discount on both races if people sign up for the Float Dodger and the Loop the Lupe at the same time.
He noted that the registration numbers are up by 180 participants from last year, and that they are anticipating the biggest event ever with 600 to 700 participants.