Seattle Monorail

Seattle Hot Chocolate 15/5K

February 26, 2013

Sunday, March 5, 2017: Seattle Center Monorail will open early at 5:00am for the Hot Chocolate 15/5K which begins and ends at Seattle Center.

The Monorail is a great way to travel to Seattle Center from downtown and avoid street traffic congestion.  There are thousands of participants expected for the Hot Chocolate 15/5K – traffic will be heavy and access to the parking garages at Seattle Center can be challenging.

We recommend parking in downtown’s Pacific Place Parking Garage (open from 5am-2am, entrances on Sixth and Seventh Avenues between Olive Way and Pine Street) and walking one block to the Westlake Center Monorail Platform (5th Avenue and Pine Street).

To access the Monorail platform, please use the stairwell/elevator on the exterior of Westlake Center Mall on 5th Avenue between Olive Way and Pine Street (across the street from Nordstrom).  The Monorail Platform is on the third floor.  The Mall does not open until 11am on Sundays, so the 5th Avenue elevator/stairwell is the only way to access the Monorail platform. Image of the street level entrance to the Monorail platform on 5th Avenue is provided below.

The Monorail is cash only, we do NOT accept credit cards or ORCA cards.  An adult roundtrip is $4.50, a one-way is $2.25.  The train departs from Westlake Center approximately every 10 minutes.  The trip to Seattle Center takes approximately 2 minutes.  Please make sure to give yourself enough time to purchase a ticket and ride the train to the race.

Westlake Monorail Entrance 5th Avenue for when the Mall is closed

Race Information:

The 5K begins at 6:45am.  The 15K begins at 7:55am.

Here is the course map from the Hot Chocolate Race Website.

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