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Wes Andrews
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Sports in Seattle

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Active life is the only life for the health-conscious and outdoor-focused in tree-covered Seattle, Washington. Hike, bike and run with all the gear you got at the REI flagship store before settling in for the Russian spa experience at Banya 5 and a massage at acclaimed lakeside parlor Shift. Looking for the stadium experience? Seattle has mainstream sports like football, soccer, baseball and basketball alongside emerging games like roller derby, bike polo, and ultimate. I've been to pretty much every sports event this city has to offer over the past ten years and done my fair share of hiking and cycling, too. Hope you enjoy this selection of active living!
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Shift Massage

Shift Massage is a parlor with an emphasis on theraputic practices and overall wellness. Once you find the address, you have to go down the stairs to the rear of the building, facing the water. Being on the lakefront really makes it feel like an oasis from the bustle of the city....

Banya 5

Come here when your adventuring is done and you need to sweat it out. This Russian-style spa is famous for their "cold dip" pool and shower, which, if you were a Nintendo, is basically pressing "reset" on your body so you can jam to another 40 minutes of sauna, steam room, and whirlpool. Massages and...

Myrtle Edwards Park

Myrtle Edwards park is on the shore of the sculpture garden and the beginning of a spectacular and unlikely paved path all the way to Ballard. Joggers and cyclists will love this winding path that takes you past the cruise ships and by the trainyards. You can also link up with the Burke-Gilman once...

Burke-Gilman Trail

The internationally famous Burke-Gilman Bike Path runs alongside the canal and stretches for miles in both directions. Wave to the yachts and barges and take a break on the many public benches. But watch out: the Burke-Gilman is home base for Seattleā€™s intense cycling culture and there is quite a...

REI Flagship Store

It's the really big REI with the indoor rock climbing mountain. They sell...all of the products. You can also order online and have it ready for pick-up at this location in order to take advantage of web discounts and not pay shipping. Amazing architecture and really friendly staff. Only complaint...

Cal Anderson Park

Cal Anderson was a historic leader for gay rights in Washington and this park, right in the heart of Seattle's LGBT HQ, is named for him. I included it in my sports guide because this is the place to watch nighttime bike polo. What's bike polo? It's basically hockey on bicycles. There's usually a game on...

CenturyLink Field

Home of the Seahawks (NFL) and Sounders (Major League Soccer) as well as various off-night concerts and events. The architects designed it with acoustics foremost in mind, which is why, along with Seattle's fan culture, it recently set the Guinness record for loudest crowd EVER. False Start...

Gregg's Greenlake Cycle

I got my bike here and they treated me very well. Unlike a lot of Seattle shops, Gregg's has bikes in all price ranges (and not just the super high-end) and you can test ride around flat, comfy Greenlake as long as you like. It's also one of the region's biggest stores if you're looking for specialty parts...

Key Arena

Not an awesome indoor stadium but it is home to the ridiculously fun RAT CITY ROLLERGIRLS, where they have set records for largest roller derby crowds of all time. They don't play many matches each year so make a point of going if you can! It's the right mix of rough-and-tumble and sportsmanship....

Magnuson Park

Ultimate players take note: this is the epicenter of disc in Seattle. Go to www.discnw.org for game times and locations throughout the Seattle, both league and pick-up. It's a little remote so you'll need a car to get there, and the layout is a little confusing, so give yourself a little extra time....