The creator of the great and wonderous trike race is none other than your
“El Capitan” - Elise, as she is known outside of the racing world.
One night, over far too many beers, El Capitan turned to her friend Angela and said "I want to race a kids trike down the hill, whilst drunk". And with two words exclaimed by Angela "YOU SHOULD", the trike race was born.
First off was to test a route, so on a blustery day Angela followed Elise as she slid and skidded from Targy's Tavern, down Queen Anne Hill and into the Streamline Tavern. And with that, a route and a plan had been formed.
Flyers and a blog were the only promotions for the 2008 trike race, El Capitan thought for sure that no one would show up on the rainy November day...but low and behold not just one, but 11 racers showed up that day along with four times their weight in gawkers.
We made the Seattle P-I that year, and El Captan became legend among drinker and trikers alike. Each race gets bigger and better, with over 40 racers and hundreds in gawkers that attend each year.
And so it has come to be, every May - the Sunday after Mothers day - the annual trike race is still going down. Drink up Suckas, your El Capitan is excpecting you.
READ the Seattle Times article from 2012