Lake Sammamish Triathlon takes place Aug. 23

August 21, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 21, 2014

The Lake Sammamish Triathlon returns to Lake Sammamish State Park on Aug. 23.

The event begins at 7 a.m. and includes a quarter-mile swim, a 14.7-mile bike ride and a 3.2-mile run, mostly over trails.

Participation fees range from $45 to $100, depending on the division being entered. They increase after online registration closes, at 12:10 a.m. Aug. 22.

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Summer workouts prepare team for slog through soccer season

August 19, 2014

The Skyline High School girls soccer team has its sights set on another deep run in the state playoffs, but it’s the work they’re doing during the summer that may hold the key to success.

Dozens of Spartans soccer players have been preparing for the 2014 season — which officially stars Aug. 25 with tryout sessions — by spending their summer in the weight room.

They’re not working without guidance. Skyline brought in Kevin Chiles, a professional sports development coach, for a series of twice-a-week workouts that started in mid-July and finish during the week of tryouts.

By Neil Pierson  Parklyn Neil (left) and Alyssa D’Mello, Skyline High School athletes, perform squats with dumbbells during a summer workout session at the school Aug. 6.

By Neil Pierson
Parklyn Neil (left) and Alyssa D’Mello, Skyline High School athletes, perform squats with dumbbells during a summer workout session at the school Aug. 6.

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Take Issaquah School District online sports survey by Friday

August 13, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 13, 2014

The Issaquah School District is asking students about their interest in school athletic programs.

The answers will help with future planning of such programs. Responses to the online survey are completely confidential.

Take the survey here. It must be completed by 11:59 p.m. Aug. 15.

Fire Dash comes to state park Aug. 16

August 12, 2014

The nation’s only firefighting-themed 5K obstacle course is coming to Lake Sammamish State Park at 8 a.m. Aug. 16.

The Fire Dash, designed by firefighters, puts participants through a slew of obstacles that test stamina and agility, and make ample use of fire and smoke. The course is likened to a mini fire academy for new recruits.

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Mud and Chocolate Run coming Aug. 10

August 5, 2014

The event includes distances of 4.5 miles and 13.1 miles. The cost to participate is $35 for the shorter distance, and $55 for the longer distance.

The 4.5-mile race begins at 8:40 a.m., and the half-marathon starts at 9 a.m.

The Soaring Eagle course offers moderately technical single-trail tracks, with some rocks and roots as obstacles. The course follows a loop; 4.5-mile runners will complete the loop once, and half-marathoners will do it three times.

All finishers receive a chocolate medallion, and are invited to partake in the Chocomania station with a wide variety of sweet treats.

Registration forms are available online at www.mudandchocolate.com.

Fourth Cougar Mountain Trail Run is Aug. 9

August 5, 2014

The fifth annual Mud and Chocolate Run will be held Aug. 10 at The fourth of five events in the Cougar Mountain Trail Run series is Aug. 9.
Runners can choose to participate in a 14- or 26-mile course, or a 5K, that loops through some of Cougar Mountain’s 36 miles of trails.
Co-produced by Northwest Trail Runs and the Seattle Running Club, the race benefits King County Parks, with more than $126,000 raised since its inception.

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Eastside FC wins Surf Cup San Diego

August 5, 2014

Several local soccer players were part of a tournament championship at the soccerloco Surf Cup, held July 26-28 in San Diego, Calif.

The Surf Cup is one of the largest youth soccer events in the nation, and more than 400 collegiate coaches and recruiters were there to scout for next-level talent.

The Eastside FC 96 Red squad won the under-18 girls championship. They went undefeated in five matches, including a 1-0 win over Nevada’s Heat FC in the semifinals and a 3-0 victory over the Boston Breakers Academy Scorpions in the final.

Eastside FC 96 Red features six Skyline High School players: forwards Amanda Johnston and Izzy Marshall; midfielders Lauren Carson and Kelli Sullivan; and defender Abbie Litka and Abbey Porter.

Grand Ridge Trail run is set for Aug. 2

July 29, 2014

The Balanced Athlete, at The Landing in Renton, will sponsor the race.

Runners will have plenty of route options as they traverse Grand Ridge Park for a trail run Aug. 2.

Athletes can choose to run 5 miles, a half-marathon (13.1 miles), a marathon (26.2 miles) or a 50K (31.2 miles), through the wooded trails of the Grand Ridge backcountry.

Aid stations will be stocked with water, fruit, sandwiches, crackers and more. Food is also available at the finish line.

The run starts and ends at the Grand Ridge Trailhead, 27000 S.E. 79th St., Issaquah. Check-in starts at 7 a.m. Registration fees range from $35 to $58. Register online at www.evergreentrailruns.com/8-2-grand-ridge-trail-run. Participants can register in-person on the day of the race, if it is not sold out yet, but an additional $10 day-of fee applies.

Past, upcoming stars collide at Skyline football camp

July 29, 2014

Jimmy Battistoni, an incoming eighth-grader at Beaver Lake Middle School, practices his quarterbacking skills during a July 24 flag-football scrimmage at Skyline High School’s Future Champs Camp.By Neil Pierson

Jimmy Battistoni, an incoming eighth-grader at Beaver Lake Middle School, practices his quarterbacking skills during a July 24 flag-football scrimmage at Skyline High School’s Future Champs Camp.By Neil Pierson

There were roughly 140 players on the field at Skyline High School, but it was easy to form a consensus about who their favorite football player was.

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Overlake clinics offer walk-in sports physicals

July 29, 2014

Overlake Medical Center is offering low-cost sports physicals on a walk-in basis, seven days a week, at Overlake Medical Clinics’ urgent care clinic in Issaquah.

The physicals are $40.

Nearly all states, schools and youth sports leagues require players to have a complete sports physical prior to participating in practices or games. The exam helps make sure that those who play sports are physically capable of meeting the demands of that sport and don’t have any condition that may be provoked by intense exercise.

Sports physicals are usually required about a month before the start of practice in order to allow time to address any medical conditions that are discovered during the appointment. This allows an athlete to modify his or her training routine if necessary.

Learn more at www.overlakehospital.org/urgent or call 688-5777. The clinic is at 5708 E. Lake Sammamish Parkway S.E.

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