Sports kick off Salmon Days Festival celebration

September 20, 2011

By Staff

If walking with a GPS unit is your idea of exercise or if you are one of those who people who prefers a brisk 10K run, the Salmon Days Festival has something for all types of the sporting crowd this year.

The Ohfishal Salmon Days Sporting Weekend features geo-teaming and the Issaquah Rotary Run.

Geoteaming, a unique sport, is Sept. 24. The annual Issaquah Rotary Run, for serious runners as well as joggers, is Oct. 2.

Both events have their special features.

Geoteaming is a fun, interactive and high-tech scavenger hunt using hand-held GPS units to navigate to hidden treasures in and around Issaquah. Individuals or teams can participate in the event.

Each found cache earns a team or individual many valuable points toward a final score. All equipment is provided. Participants should have appropriate-weather clothes and walking shoes. The event begins and finishes at Rogue’s Issaquah Brewhouse, 35 W. Sunset Way.

There are two sessions of geo-teaming each day. The first session runs from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sept. 24. Teams must sign in by 9:30 a.m. Sept. 24. The second session runs from 1-3 p.m., and teams must sign in by noon.

Participants must arrive an hour before their session to sign in, receive equipment and get instructions.

Because space is limited, pre-registration is recommended. Entry forms are available at www.salmondays.org/geoteaming.php.

The Rotary Run, one of the most popular sports events in Issaquah, starts at 7:30 a.m. Oct. 2 at Sports Authority, 1185 NW Gilman Blvd. There will be a 10K race, a 5K fun run/walk and a 1K kids run.

The 10K and 5K annually attracts some of the top distance runners in the state. While the 5K is billed as a fun run, there will be participants who take the race seriously.

For instance, Joe Sheeran, last year’s winner, finished the race in 16 minutes, 17 seconds. The year before, the Ellensburg athlete won the 8,000-meter title at the USA Track and Field National Championships. Finishing second was Liberty High School cross country coach Michael Smith. Each year, the 5K has a strong local showing with many participants coming from the Issaquah School District.

The 10K figures to have a strong field again. The top female finisher last year was Sarna Becker, a former all-American at Stanford.

Overall, 2,500 participants are expected to show up for the Rotary Run.

Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. Registered runners pick up shirts, bibs and timing chips at 8:30 a.m. The first event, the wheelchair race, begins at 8:40 a.m. Then, the 10K begins at 8:45 a.m. followed by the 5K at 9:10 a.m. The kids 1K starts at 10:20 a.m.

Get information about the event and register at www.issaquahrun.com.

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