The Rock 'n' Roll Marathon, one of the most popular running events in the Northwest, returns to Seattle for the 10th consecutive year Sunday, June 10.

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The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon, one of the most popular running events in the Northwest, returns to Seattle for the 10th consecutive year next Sunday, June 10. (Start: 6:30 a.m. Time limit: 6.5 hours.)

According to race director Alex Bennett, more than 20,000 athletes — about 60 percent from out of town — will descend on Seattle’s streets for the race, which this year will begin and end at Seattle Center.

I’ll be joining this crazy pack, too, but don’t expect me to do any sketching while running! Instead, I‘ve created an illustrated preview of the course recalling my sightings and observations from several months of training.

If you plan to run the race, take note of spots like the killer hill on 19th Avenue East. Any place is good to cheer, but for dramatic views I’d suggest going to Lake Union Park, Lakeview Boulevard East on Capitol Hill or Pike Place Market.

Local bands perform on stages set up throughout the course, so the event isn’t just a sporting competition, it’s also a fun opportunity to see the city in a different way. Think of it as a 26 mile-long block party.