Saturday, January 31, 2015

As the Crow Flies

Free-run around Seattle like Jason Bourne (the original one)


If you’ve ever been frustrated sitting in traffic on the 5, maybe it’s time to step out of your car and learn that Seattle’s a great city for parkour.

The French sport of free-running is perfectly suited to our diverse urban landscape. We’ve got stairs, rails, hills, and tons of public art.

Sure, it looks simple, but there are actually dozens of unique maneuvers to learn. Where to start? Queen Anne. 

Parkour Visions is a nonprofit organization that maintains a 10,000 square foot facility in Seattle. They teach a wide variety of freerunning classes for first-timers and advanced traceurs alike.

The gym is regularly reorganized to offer new challenges, and most classes come with unlimited gym access. They’re even working with the Seattle Design Commission to plan the city’s first dedicated parkour park.

The best thing is there’s no risk: pre-register online for your first class and it’s free.

So ditch the Prius and parkour to work. We checked already, your boss will understand.

Parkour VIsions
1210 W Nickerson. (W 12th St.), Queen Anne
(206) 923-8864

Price: 1 (out of 4)
Noise: 3 (out of 4)
Other locations: Parkour Visions also offers classes in Bellevue and Tacoma.
Nearby: The Walrus & The Carpenter; Staple & Fancy Mercantile; Red Mill Burgers

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