Wheels or shoes, this race is for you

September 10, 2013

By Joe Grove

Whether you race on two wheels or two feet, there is an event to challenge you in conjunction with Salmon Days, Oct. 5 and 6.

The Salmon Days-sponsored Upstream Hill Climb for bicycles will be Sept. 28. The 37th annual Issaquah Rotary Run with the Fishes will be Oct. 6.

Salmon Days took over sponsorship of the established Cougar Mountain Climb for Cancer and changed the name to Upstream Hill Climb to fit with the Salmon Days theme, according to Brian Twiggs, director of sponsorships for Salmon Days.

It is a 2.2-mile uphill race from the start of Mine Hill Road, just off of Newport Way Southwest. The twisty and very steep paved road ends at Squak Mountain.

Twiggs said organizers expect 200 bicyclists for the Geico-sponsored event. It is a timed event; each contestant will be given a timing chip at the start.

Twigs said there will be services of a professional timing company and racers will leave at intervals. There will be a leader board at the bottom to record times of contestants as they reach the top.

The event will raise money for the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. It will cost racers $40 for a ticket to participate, with 25 percent of the proceeds going to cancer research and the remainder to help fund Salmon Days.

Since it is a timed event, with racers leaving separately, the road will not be closed to traffic, Twiggs said. There will be police at the two intersections to control traffic for the racers.

Robin Kelley, director of Salmon Days festivals, said participants should register online. They will be emailed complete information about parking and where to report for the race. She said people will be able to register at the event, and there will be signage and volunteers to help, but they strongly encourage pre-registration.

She said the race is a real challenge.

“That is the point of it. We are stoked. We are excited about the event.”


Run with the Fishes

If riding bicycles up steep hills doesn’t appeal to you, then you might want to join Issaquah Rotarians for their 37th annual Run with the Fishes 5K Run/Walk or the Kids Dash Oct. 6, the Sunday of Salmon Days.

For those who want to make a race of it, timing chips will be provided, or participants can just walk or stroll. Event proceeds benefit local charities supported by the Issaquah Rotary Foundation.

The 5K Run/Walk begins at 9 a.m. and the Kids Dash at 10:30 a.m. Register for the events at http://issaquahrun.com or mail at Issaquah Rotary Foundation, P.O. Box 553, Issaquah, WA 98027.

On race day, participants should meet near Sports Authority, 1185 N.W. Gilman Blvd. People will be able to register on race day but they will not be guaranteed an event-designed running shirt.

A general registration ticket is $35 for preregistration and $40 at the event.

The race course is flat, miles are clearly marked and water stations are available along the course. Unofficial results will be posted near the finish line. Official results will be posted on the event and Rotary websites as well as Facebook for those who want to share with friends.

Donors of the event include Peak Sports & Spine, Sports Authority, Rowley Properties, Integrity Automotive, YMCA and UEMA.

There will be a post-event celebration for all attendees.


Register online

Upstream Hill Climb www.bikereg.com/Net/upstream

Run with the Fishes http://issaquahrun.com

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