September 2, 2014
A 2.5-mile mountain bike trail opened Aug. 30 in the Tiger Mountain State Forest.
It will be part of the 15-mile Off-the-Grid Trail that the state Department of Natural Resources is developing.
The new trail connects East Tiger Summit Trail to the top of Fully Rigid Trail.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
July 29, 2014
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.