Beat the Bridge to Beat Diabetes

  Start time: 8:30 AM
  Seattle, WA
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32nd Annual Nordstrom Beat the Bridge to Beat Diabetes
Sunday, May 18, 2014

The Nordstrom Beat the Bridge to Beat Diabetes is a fundraiser for JDRF — the largest charitable supporter of type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. The event consists of an 8K run and wheelchair race, a 4-mile walk, a 1-mile fun run, and the Diaper Derby for toddlers. The event is called Beat the Bridge because the course travels over Seattle’s University Bridge, which is raised during the race. Participants try to cross the bridge before it is raised. Those who don't beat the bridge must wait, with a live band and prizes to pass the time, for the bridge to come back down. After a few minutes, the bridge lowers and everyone can finish the race. Since the first Beat the Bridge race in 1983, Nordstrom has partnered with JDRF to raise funds to cure, better treat, and prevent T1D. Beat the Bridge is part of the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes program, which holds annual charitable walks in more than 200 locations in 13 countries. The JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes has raised more than $1 billion for type 1 diabetes (T1D) research.



Saturday, May 17, 2014: Onsite Registration and Packet Pickup is strongly encouraged from Noon to 5:00 p.m. Located in west concourse of Husky Stadium.

Sunday, May 18, 2014: 32nd Annual Nordstrom Beat the Bridge to Beat Diabetes

Registration opens at 6:45 a.m. in the west concourse of Husky Stadium. Event day schedule is as follows:

7:30 a.m. Montlake Boulevard closes to ALL vehicle traffic
8:00 a.m. 4-Mile Walk
8:15 a.m. 1-Mile Fun Run
8:28 a.m. Start of Wheelchair Race
8:30 a.m. Start of 8K Race
8:50 a.m. University Bridge goes up (time is approximate—the bridge will go up 20 minutes after the last runner crosses the start line)
9:00 a.m. Fun on the field of the new Husky Stadium
9:30 a.m. Awards Ceremony
9:50 a.m. Diaper Derby


Early Bird Registration: $20 per participant through March 17
Regular Registration: $25 per participant March 18 through May 14
Event Weekend: $30 per participant on Saturday, May 17, and Sunday, May 18
Diaper Derby Registration: There is no fee to participate in the Diaper Derby, and participants may sign up at Husky Stadium on event morning.


Event t-shirts can be ordered during the online registration process for $20 until May 14 at 11:59 p.m. while supplies last. They can also be purchased on Saturday, May 17 from 12:00 pm to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, May 18 from 6:45 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. at Registration, located in the west concourse of Husky Stadium.


Team t-shirts are different from event shirts in that they can be any color, will have the Beat the Bridge logo printed in one color on the front and your team or company name printed on the back. Click here for info about our preferred team t-shirt vendor, Boondocks Branding and click here for an order form. You will order your team t-shirts directly from Boondocks Branding and pay for them separately from your JDRF registration fees.


Early Team Captain Packet Pickup: Monday, May 12, at Nordstrom Downtown Seattle from 2:00 to 7:00 p.m., or Tuesday, May 13, at Nordstrom Bellevue Square from 2:00 to 7:00 p.m. Any team member registered before noon on May 8 will be eligible for this early pickup.
Registration: Located in the west concourse of the new Husky Stadium.
Pledge Collection and Packet Pickup: Located in the west concourse of Husky Stadium, next to the Registration area.
Start: Montlake Boulevard near the new Husky Stadium.
Finish: The Husky Stadium.


Because of space limitations due to stadium renovations, participants are strongly encouraged to carpool and arrive early.
Saturday Registration and Packet Pickup: Complimentary parking is available in lot E18 for those who wish to register or pick up their packets on Saturday. Participants are strongly encouraged to pick up packets on Saturday, May 17, from noon to 5:00 p.m.
Day of Event: Free parking will be located in lot E1, just north of Husky Stadium. Participants will be directed to enter E1 at the north entrance off 45th.
Disability parking: Free parking will be available in the south end of E12, just west of the Registration area.
View a parking map: Coming Soon!


The Nordstrom Beat the Bridge to Beat Diabetes event began more than 30 years ago when a group of Nordstrom employees saw a colleague’s young son receive a diagnosis of type 1 diabetes (T1D). Slightly more than 1,000 participants gathered at the University of Washington’s Husky Stadium to race against the timed raising of the University Bridge and raised $10,000 for JDRF.

Today, Nordstrom Beat the Bridge has become one of the largest athletic fundraising events in the Seattle area. JDRF and Nordstrom volunteers donate more than 4,000 hours to supporting the event, which consistently attracts more than 10,000 participants annually. Our goal is to raise more than $1.6 million in 2014. Event sponsors, corporate teams, and family teams account for the majority of the fundraising opportunities. Thanks to the ongoing support of Nordstrom, and our many other corporate partners, Beat the Bridge is one of the most successful fundraisers for JDRF in the country. With the continued support of local companies and community leaders, we will continue to help JDRF fund research to improve the lives of all those living with T1D.


JDRF is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. Our goal is to progressively remove the impact of T1D from people’s lives until we achieve a world without T1D. JDRF collaborates with a wide spectrum of partners and is the only organization with the scientific resources, regulatory influence, and a working plan to end T1D.

As successful as JDRF has been, there is a still a large gap between where we are now and what we need to deliver life-changing therapies in the future. JDRF funds more than $100 million in T1D research each year, and has $530 million currently at work in programs around the world. But it is not enough.

The JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes raises money that allows us to direct even more funding toward T1D research. Sign up for the Walk today and join us in turning Type One into Type None.

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Wanwen Qi over 3 years ago
Can not agree any more. Jon, we did the exactly same thing, Beat the bridge and Stree Fair. We all get lucky for the great weather, and like the wave starts as well. Very nice run!
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Jon Tam over 3 years ago
Beautiful day for Beat the Bridge this year! This was (I believe) year five for me and I had a great time running it, as always. Fun route, lots of volunteers, and really cool finishing venue inside Husky Stadium.

Another one of my favorite things about this race... Hitting the U District Street Fair for some delicious post-race eats. The weather couldn't have worked out better this year -- overcast for a fairly cool race and sunshine for a stroll down the Ave after the race.

What'd everyone think of the "hold and release" start? I liked it. With wave starts, everyone ends up jumping into other waves anyways so I thought this worked out well.
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