Take a swing at Salmon Days sports

September 19, 2008

By Staff


On Sunday, Sept. 28, golfing enthusiasts and casual duffers alike will want to be at the Twin Rivers Golf Course in Fall City. 

A shotgun start will usher in the annual Issaquah Salmon Open Golf Tourney — a perfect chance for friends, family and business associates to gather and play a free-spirited round of golf. Prizes will be given to individual winners for Closest to Pin, Accuracy to Line, Longest Putt and Longest Drive, as well as the standard first-, second-, third- and last-place finishers. 

The field size is limited to 144 players; the registration deadline in Sept. 19. The fee is $80 per golfer, which includes refreshments and lunch provided by the Issaquah Brewhouse. 

Arrival time is from 6:30-7:30 a.m., with an 8 a.m. start. Learn more or sign up at www.salmondays.org.

Orienteering seems to be gaining a foothold in popularity with residents of the Pacific Northwest. It’s a sport combining navigation with racing, where a map and compass are just as important as quality footwear. Competitors are individually timed. 

In honor of National Orienteering Day, the Sammamish Orienteering Club is having a competition on Sunday, Sept. 28 as part of Salmon Days. It will run from 10 a.m. – noon, and will be held at Lake Sammamish State Park. The club will also host a booth at the Pickering Barn during the Salmon Days Festival Oct. 4 and 5. 

“We’ve done this competition for a number of years,” said Meet Director Bruce McCalister. “We place flags throughout the course, and each has a number or code. The participants have to use the maps and figure out the course. We definitely wish to extend ourselves to men and women of all ages. In recent years, we have seen a few hundred people come out and take part.”

McCalister explained that the courses and participants will range from novices to experts. 

“Most of the competitors are doing this just for fun,” he said. “For them, it is almost akin to an Easter Egg Hunt. But one of the courses will be for those running as hard as they can. Some of these people are very serious about the sport.

“They like the practice of using the contours of the map,” he said. “Some of them will arrive at our event, and a week later they will be competing in Morocco, Utah or Patagonia.” 

Learn more or sign up at www.salmondays.org. To learn more about orienteering, call 822-6254 or go to www.sammamishorienteering.org.

In an effort to benefit The Science and Management of Addictions, the Issaquah Rotary Club is sponsoring three healthy events Oct. 5 in Issaquah. There will be a 1K Kids Dash, 5K Fun Run/Walk/Crawl and a 10K Run. The latter will provide $200 cash prizes to the first male and female to cross the finish line.

Rotary Club members wish also to further the traditional event by promoting a positive, active lifestyle for all ages. They aim to benefit SAMA in their efforts “to eliminate the disease of substance addiction in youth by advancing research, education and treatment.” 

This is the event’s 34th year. Nearly 1,500 participants gathered last year, and the goal is to better that number this year. Sign up or learn more at www.issaquahrotary.org. Learn more about SAMA by calling 206-322-7262, or e-mail info@samafoundation.org.

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