So you’re about to log a cool 26.2 miles—or an equally respectable 13.1 miles or 5k—this summer at the St. Jude Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon (June 8–9)? Make the most of your race weekend with these top spots for post-run pampering and refueling, plus plenty of exploring in between.
Need to carb up on Friday? The lunch-hour line at Pioneer Square’s Il Corvo (217 James St; ilcorvopasta.com) moves at a steady clip and leads to a hearty serving of handmade Bolognese. If you’re making post-race reservations (and are feeling ambitious), the Menu Degustazione at Capitol Hill’s Italian specialist Spinasse (1531 14th Ave; spinasse.com) offers a family-style tasting of everything on the menu. Continue the tour de carbohydrate with Chicago-style deep dish from Windy City Pie (5918 Phinney; windycitypie.com) in Phinney Ridge or indulge in bottomless mimosas and French toast at Seattle brunch staple Portage Bay Cafe (multiple locations; portagebaycafe.com). For a sweet finish, try a sugar-dusted, custard- or jam-filled doughnut at one of the city’s several General Porpoise (multiple locations; gpdoughnuts.com) outposts.
For effortless relaxation, drop by the spa at Nordstrom’s flagship location downtown (500 Pine St; nordstrom.com) and order an “on-the-spot” service—think pedicures, massages, and facials. Trendy Antonio Spa (114 Virginia St; antoniothespa.com) also offers short but sweet services, from express facials to revitalizing foot treatments. For truly luxurious post-race recovery, book a signature foot service or full body treatment infused with elements of the Pacific Northwest at the nearby Four Seasons (99 Union St; fourseasons.com). Decidedly more low-key but equally restorative, Banya 5 (217 Ninth Ave N; banya5.com) in South Lake Union offers an urban bath house experience with traditional services spanning deep tissue massage to botanical mud wraps.
If you’re in town for a race, chances are your idea of exploring doesn’t involve much slowing down. Pike Place Market (First Ave and Pike St; pikeplacemarket.org) is a natural place to start—and don’t skip the lower levels of the Market, brimming with kitschy shops, or the newly expanded MarketFront, boasting beer-, biscuit-, and chocolate-makers and expansive views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains. Continue sightseeing with a stroll along the nine-acre Olympic Sculpture Park (2901 Western Ave; seattleartmuseum.org) or explore indoors at Seattle Art Museum (1300 First Ave; seattleartmuseum.org) just south of Pike Place. Craft beer enthusiasts can rehash the race while on a DIY walking tour of the Ballard neighborhood’s microbreweries—the area houses a stacked lineup, but don’t sleep on Reuben’s Brews (5010 14th Ave; reubensbrews.com) or Peddler Brewing Company (1514 NW Leary Way; peddlerbrewing.com).
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