Photos: A party (and a wedding) on the Viaduct
Runners, walkers, artists, musicians ... a bride and a groom ... all turned out Saturday for a weekend party to bid adieu to Seattle's Alaskan Way Viaduct.
Michael Martinez and Jessica Young of Beaverton, Oregon, drove up to join the big run through the new waterfront tunnel and along the viaduct.
They ended the morning by saying "I do" on the top deck.
"We wanted to do something memorable and so we figured this is the perfect opportunity," Martinez said.
"Our first date was running," Young said. "We ran eight miles, so we thought this would be a good way to commemorate that.
Their friend Tom Mattausch was there to officiate ... in white bow tie.
"I’m a big fan of the viaduct and an even bigger fan of my friend Mike here and his new bride, Jessica. So I was very happy to be asked to do this," Mattausch said. "And yeah, it's a great day out here to have the first and last marriage on the viaduct."
Sara Ward walked the whole distance in a walking boot -- an inflamed ankle as penance for a spirited session in a SoulCycle class.
"It was worth it. It was lovely to walk, even wearing a boot," she said. "I'm supposed to stay off of it, but how can you miss this opportunity?"
Ward's mother, Kiti, called the walk "amazing."
"So incredibly awesome to see what we've got here in Seattle," she said. "This view and this whole ambiance. We're blessed to be here."
Kelly and Alma Morphis and their two young daughters were the last to finish the walk Saturday.
"The fact that we could do it with two kids," Alma said.
"No tantrums," Kelly added.
Vicky Webb was there with Gayle Grossen for the arts festival on the top deck after the walk. Both attended Ballard High School. Webb now lives in Bremerton and often sees the viaduct from the ferry. She wondered what Seattle will look like without the viaduct.
"I think it's going to open it up so that people can see the beauty of the waterfront," Webb said. "I'm hoping for some green spaces, some parks and areas where people can truly enjoy the beauty that is Seattle."