Family Bike Ride returns to Salmon Days festivities

September 22, 2009

By Staff

Over the years, Issaquah Salmon Days Festival organizers have taken pride in holding recreational events that are fun for the entire family.This year, Salmon Days has brought back one of its popular events of the past, the Salmon Cycle Family Bike Ride.

The ride is one of the main events for the Sept. 26-27 Sporting Weekend. The event will be held Sept. 26 and is open to all ages, families and friends. All that is required is a bicycle.

Joe Kurmaskie, the Metal Cowboy, is one of the featured people for the event. He will tell tales about his cycling adventures and talk about bicycle safety.

The ride starts at 11 a.m. and goes through 1 p.m. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. The start and finish line is at Tibbetts Greenway, 1850 NW Gilman Blvd.

This is a “rules of the road” ride, and there will be two courses. One course is designed especially for young riders and will be mostly on trails. The riders will head to Lake Sammamish State Park.

The other course is for more experienced riders and goes from Newport Way to Sunset Elementary School and on to Lake Sammamish State Park, where all riders join up. Each course is approximately eight miles.

Another event for the Sporting Weekend is Geoteaming. The event, for all ages, is Sept. 26 and lasts two hours.

Families, friends, co-workers roam the streets of Issaquah in search of treasures during a high-tech scavenger hunt. Teams accumulate points based on items they find during the hunt.

The activity allows people to navigate Issaquah using a hand-held GPS unit to locate cache sites to find items. Once an item is found, each team takes a photo of the item. This is a walking course, so teams should wear appropriate shoes.

There are three session times for the geoteaming event, 9:30 and noon and 2:30 p.m. Teams should arrive an hour in advance of their scheduled session.

All equipment is provided and each participant will be required to complete a waiver prior to the start of the session.

Another event, at 10 a.m. Sept 27, is orienteering, hosted by the Sammamish Orienteering Club, at Lake Sammamish State Park. Orienteering involves running while using a map and compass to navigate from point to point.

There are two other popular events during Salmon Days, although neither is sponsored by Salmon Days.

The annual Rotary Run, which brings out numerous runners of all ages, is Oct. 4. The run has 5K and 10K races. The 10K starts at 8:45 a.m. and the 5K at 9:20 a.m. There is also a kids 1K at 10:20 a.m.

Advanced registration closes Oct. 3. Proceeds from the event benefit the Science and Management Addiction program. The program offers services to parents who have children struggling with alcohol or drug abuse.

The Issaquah Swim Team also hosts its annual Sockeye Sprints at 9 a.m. Oct. 3 at the Hazen High School swimming pool. The event features swimmers from 8-and-under to 13-and-over.

Get involved

Register for the family bike ride or geoteaming at

Learn more about the Sammamish Orienteering Club at

Registration forms for the Rotary Run are available at Footzone and Gold’s Gym in Issaquah, and at

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