Frequently Asked Questions

When is Beat the Bridge?

May 19, 2024 at Husky Stadium

How much is the registration fee?  

For 8K Race:

  • Early Bird Registration: $25 per participant through March 13
  • Regular Registration: $30 per participant March 14 through May 17
  • Event Weekend: $50 per participant on Saturday, May 18, and Sunday, May 19

For 3-Mile Walk/ 1-Mile Fun Run: No Fee

Diaper Derby Registration: No Fee

I've registered online. When will I receive my bib and timing chip materials?

Early Pickup! Wednesday, May 15 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM at JDRF PNW (1215 4th Ave Suite 1050, Seattle WA)

Early Pickup! Wednesday, May 15 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Brooks Trailhead (3400 Stone Way N, Seattle, WA)
Early Pickup! Thursday, May 16 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM at JDRF PNW (1215 4th Ave Suite 1050, Seattle WA)

Saturday, May 18 noon - 4:00 PM on-site at the Registration area, located in the Husky Stadium Concourse. Complimentary parking will be available in parking lot E12/E19 from noon - 4:00 PM.

Sunday, May 19 starting at 6:45 AM on-site at the Registration area, located in the Husky Stadium Concourse.

What is the registration deadline?

Online registration will close at 11:59 PM on Friday, May 17. You can still register in person at Registration on Saturday, May 18 from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM or on Sunday, May 19 starting at 6:45 AM. Registration will be located in the Husky Stadium Concourse.

Where can I purchase Beat the Bridge technical T-shirts?

T-shirts can be ordered during online registration for $20 until Friday, May 17 at 11:59 PM at If supplies last, they can also be purchased on Saturday, May 18 from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM and Sunday, May 19 from 6:45 AM to 10:00 AM at Registration, located in the Husky Stadium Concourse

Where do the different events start and finish?

The 8K Race, 3-Mile Walk and 1-Mile Fun Run will start on Montlake Boulevard and finish on the field of Husky Stadium.

Click here to view the 8K route

Click here to view the 3 Mile Walk and 1 Mile Fun Run route

Where do I park? 

Main parking is in the large E18 and E01 parking lots at UW just north of the Husky Stadium
Parking is pay to park at $7.50 a vehicle.
Pay By Phone site:

Click here to view a parking map

What time does the University Bridge go up?

The University Bridge is at the 2-mile mark and will be raised approximately 20 minutes after the last runners cross the start line.

What happens if I don't beat the bridge?

Getting caught at the bridge is actually a fun experience! There is a dj playing music and a fun party atmosphere. The bridge is raised for 5 minutes, then lowered so all runners may continue.

Will there be a place to check my clothes at the event?

Yes. Participants can check coats, backpacks and other belongings at the Gear Check area in the UPS trucks outside the concourse of Husky Stadium.

Where are the nearest restrooms?

Restrooms are located inside Husky Stadium along the Concourse. There will also be restrooms along the route.

Where is the medical tent?

The Medical Tent will be a large, well-marked tent on the Husky Stadium Field. There will also be EMTs on bikes patrolling the Walk and Race routes.

Medical Diabetes Partner: The Sweet Life Advanced Diabetes Management

May I bring my dog to the event?

No. For the safety of all participants, pets are prohibited in all events. However, assistance and guide dogs are allowed.

I have this really cool scooter.  Can I complete the 1-Mile Fun Run with it?

No, wheeled devices such as bicycles, roller skates, in-line skates, scooters and skateboards are prohibited in all events.

Are strollers and baby joggers allowed in any of the events?

Strollers and baby joggers are permitted in the 3-Mile Walk only. For safety reasons, strollers are not allowed in any of the running events.

How do strollers and wheelchairs access the field?

Take the paved roadway between the Alaska Airlines Arena and the north side of Husky Stadium; follow the directions of the course marshals to enter the field of Husky Stadium.

How can I locate a lost child/parent?

Lost children or parents should report to the JDRF tent on the field of Husky Stadium.

Where is the coffee located?

A temporary coffee bar will be located in the Husky Stadium Concourse, near the Registration Area.

Will timing chips be used in the 8K race?

Yes. The 8K race will be timed. Your timing chip is affixed to the back of your bib number and is disposable.

How do you start the 8K run?

The first wave will be for competitive runners only and the rest of the participants will follow. The chip timing system will not record a starting time for a runner until that runner has crossed the timing mats at the start line. Time spent waiting to cross the start line is NOT included in the scored finish time for a runner.

When and where can I get my 8K results?

Official results will be available online on race day. Results for all runners will be posted on by 5 PM on event day.

What are the requirements for the Diaper Derby?

This is a non-competitive event for kids 3-years and younger.  Diaper Derby Registration is available on event day only (not online) on the field of Husky Stadium.  There is no entry fee; however each child is issued a bib number, when registered by a legal guardian. The Diaper Derby begins at 10:30 AM.

How many divisions are there in the Diaper Derby?

There are four divisions: crawlers, walkers up to 24 months, 2-year olds, and 3-year olds.

Where can wheelchair users park?

Disability parking will be located in E19, West Plaza Rd, directly in front of the Husky Stadium ticketing windows.

Will there be any street closures?

Yes. The race begins in front of the new Husky Stadium and runners head south across the Montlake Bridge. The specific street closures and times are as follows:

  • Montlake Boulevard south of Pacific - 7:45 - 8:45 AM
  • 24th, south of Roanoke - no closure
  • Boyer, east of Lynn - no closure
  • Montlake Place, 19th and Lynn, west of 19th - 8:25 - 9:25 AM
  • Boyer/Fuhrman, west of Lynn to Eastlake - 8:30 - 10:00 AM
  • Pacific Avenue, from Brooklyn to Montlake - 8:15 - 10:15 AM
  • Montlake Boulevard, both directions, north of Pacific - 7:30 - 10:00 AM
  • 45th Ave NE - no closure
  • Burke Gilman Trail from 44th to University Hospital - extremely congested 8:00 - 10:00 AM

Please note that, throughout the event, NE Pacific Avenue will be closed to all traffic. Because of the closure on Montlake Boulevard, it will be quite congested in this area and residents should allow plenty of time. On Thursday, May 16, you'll find "No Parking" signs posted along Boyer, West Montlake Place, and Fuhrman which will inform drivers of street closures during the event.

Fundraising and Team Questions

How does the money I raise help fight diabetes?

Proceeds from Beat the Bridge go to JDRF. JDRF is the leading global organization focused on type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. Driven by passionate, grassroots volunteers connected to children, adolescents, and adults with this disease, JDRF is the largest charitable supporter of T1D research. The goal of JDRF is to improve the lives of every person affected by T1D by accelerating progress on the most promising opportunities for curing, better treating, and preventing T1D. Past JDRF research efforts have helped to significantly improve the care of people with this disease, and have expanded the critical scientific understanding of T1D. JDRF will not rest until T1D is fully conquered. For more information about JDRF and T1D, please visit us at

How can my corporation or family participate?

Corporations participate in Beat the Bridge by sponsoring the registration fees for their team of employees, family members, and/or friends to run or walk in the event.  Should your company like to sponsor your employees by paying their registration fees, please contact the JDRF Pacific Northwest Chapter office at

Where Can I Order Team T-Shirts?

Team t-shirts are available from our preferred vendor. Team shirts are different from event shirts in that they can be any color, will have the official Beat the Bridge art printed on the front and your team name or company logo printed on the back. You're welcome to use another printer, but we are unable to share the official art with anyone but our preferred vendor. Contact your JDRF staff partner or email us at for more information.

Who should I call if I have a question?

Contact JDRF Pacific Northwest Chapter office at 206-708-2242 or email at

Beat the Bridge Technical Help

If you have questions or issues related to the Beat the Bridge website, please call us at 206-708-2242 and we will respond as soon as possible. Your call is very important to us.  You may also send inquiries to

Who can I talk to about my company becoming a sponsor of Beat the Bridge?

We welcome new company sponsors for Beat the Bridge and would be happy to speak with you about the different levels and requirements. Please contact us at 206-708-2242.