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June 22, 2013 at 8:37 AM

Saturday memo: Marathon…Solstice Parade…Underwater robots…Supermoon!

Off and running: More than 20,00 people are out on the streets of Seattle right now, running, walking and rolling along in the Rock ‘N’ Roll Marathon. It started at the Seattle Center at 7 a.m. and will continue into afternoon. That may be why your bus wasn’t where it usually is. Metro has changed many routes to accommodate the marathon. Check for your route here. There are also many roads affected by the marathon. Check here for road information.


And that’s not all: About the time the stalled traffic is likely to start moving at its normal snail’s pace, the Fremont Solstice Parade will start streaking through the streets, complete with the usual array of creative participants and no written words, animals or motorized vehicles. Actually the streaking starts before the official parade at 3 p.m. when a peloton of naked bicyclists traditionally flashes before the waiting parade crowd. The 3 p.m. parade start for the Fremont Fair and Solstice Parade is new this year, another accommodation for the marathon. The celebration marking the longest day of the year here continues at Gas Works Park until 9 p.m. Check here for traffic information.

Look to the sky:  If  the summer solstice isn’t enough of an astronomy event for you, watch for the biggest, fullest and brightest moon of 2013 on Sunday morning. The moon will be at its fullest on Sunday at 4:32 a.m., just 22 minutes after it passes the closest point to the Earth in its elliptical orbit around our planet, according to the Los Angeles Times. The average distance of the moon from the Earth is 238,000 miles. On Sunday morning, it will be just 221,824 miles away — or 16,176 miles closer than usual.

Underwater robots: If running, the sun and the moon don’t suit your fancy, consider checking out the Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Center’s student underwater robot competition at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way. The center describes it as a “geek trifecta”: kids, technology and homemade robots. Fifty-five teams of students  from all over the world will pilot their underwater vehicles to accomplish underwater missions. Local teams include the SeaTech 4H Club of Mount Vernon, the Columbia Virtual Academy of the Valley School District, and three students from West Seattle known as AMNO & CO. Robots are in the water from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday. Other countries represented are Iran, Venezuela, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Russia, Thailand, the United Kingdom, Macao, China, Taiwan and Hong Kong.

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