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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, June 23, 2008

Marathon, strawberry festival and more this weekend

Two major summer events in Bellevue -- the Strawberry Festival and the Seafair Marathon -- are coming up this weekend, June 28-29. In addition, families can go on an orienteering adventure at Lewis Creek Park.Finishing the Seafair Marathon downtown. The Bridle Trails neighborhood celebrates at the "Party in the Park" at Bridle Trails State Park, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Saturday.

Virginia Mason Team Medicine Marathon at Seafair
Bellevue takes center stage in the world of running Sunday, with thousands competing in the Seafair Marathon and other footraces. This year the marathon and half-marathon start at Husky Stadium, cross the 520 Bridge and wend through Bellevue and Kirkland before ending at Bellevue Downtown Park.

Streets along the route will be closed from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Residents and travelers are urged to plan ahead to minimize any inconvenience. Police will be stationed at major intersections; scores of volunteers will assist at uncontrolled intersections.

While residents and others will be able to get into and out of all properities from at least one direction at all times, some drivers will have to wait for a gap in runners before crossing the race route. In addition, there will be significant delays on some of the streets around the course so travelers should plan accordingly.

The Seafair Marathon has more information about the marathon, including a route map and registration.

Eastside Heritage Center's Strawberry Festival in Bellevue
The Strawberry Festival will be at Crossroads International Park, 16000 NE 10th St., 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

An Eastside tradition, the festival features strawberry shortcake, historical and agricultural displays, games, clowns, face-painting, music and artistic entertainment, classic automobiles, food and vendor booths and more. Visitors are encouraged to park at Sammamish High School, 140th Avenue Northeast and Main Street, and take the free shuttle to the festival.

On Saturday, at 11:45 a.m., local dance Troupe "Phffft!" will perform at the new Crossroads Water Spray Playground. On Sunday, from 3 to 4, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck will offer throwing tips, and visitors can win autographed gear.

For information and a complete schedule of activities, call the Eastside Heritage Center at 425-450-1049 or visit the Festival website.

Natural History Orienteering Adventure
People can learn the sport of orienteering while experiencing the beauty of nature at Lewis Creek Park. This and the Strawberry Festival are both part of Mountains to Sound Greenway Days, a celebration of natural, historic and cultural treasures in communities along Interstate 90.

The course is designed for all ages and levels, and maps are available at the Lewis Creek Visitor Center, 5808 Lakemont Blvd SE. The adventure is hosted by the Cascade Orienteering Club and Bellevue Parks & Community Services. 

Another Greenway event -- the Greenway Summer Challenge Scavenger Hunt -- runs through the summer, from June 28 through Sept. 30. The regional scavenger hunt highlights notable sites along the entire I-90 Greenway.

Participants can gather information and clues about the hunt in Bellevue at Meydenbauer Marina, 2 99th Ave. NE, and Mercer Slough Nature Park, 2102 Bellevue Way SE, both open from dawn to dusk daily. Register for the challenge.

Bellevue's Greenway information center will be at the Mercer Slough Blueberry Farm, 2380 Bellevue Way. Greenway Days festival guides, maps and additional information can be obtained at the blueberry farm, open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. For more information about Greenway Days events, call 425-452-7106 or visit the Greenway Days site.

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