Wheels or shoes, this race is for you

September 10, 2013

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.

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Kip Brown takes third at Diamond Cup

September 10, 2013

Driver Kip Brown, of Preston’s Our Gang Racing, placed third at the Diamond Cup Championship in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho Sept. 1.

The competition represented the return of Unlimited hydroplane racing in Coeur d’Alene after the sport’s 45-year absence.

It is the second-straight third-place finish for Brown who, driving the 95 Spirit of Qatar, finished third at Seafair in early August.

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Register now for the Newcastle 5K Run/Walk

September 3, 2013

Running enthusiasts can quench their thirst for a scenic jog, and support local students at the same time, with the 2013 Newcastle 5K Run/Walk for Education.

The 3.1-mile course snakes through a mix of trails and paved roads through Newcastle parks and byways.

The 5K begins at 9 a.m. Sept. 8 at Newcastle’s Lake Boren Park, 13058 S.E. 84th Way. For those who want to participate with strollers, or leashed dogs, there will be a staggered start at 9:15 a.m.

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Beaver Lake receives
1,200 large hatchery rainbow trout for Aug. 21

August 20, 2013

Get out your fishing pole. It’s time to catch large trout in Beaver Lake, thanks to the release of about 1,200 hatchery rainbows averaging about 1 pound each.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife was scheduled to release the fish Aug. 20. The agency was to close the Beaver Lake access site at sunset Aug. 19 and reopen the site at sunrise Aug. 21. Beaver Lake, however, was to remain open to fishing while the access site is closed.

The trout were part of an educational display at the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery.

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Athlete ready to take bite out of 20th BLT

August 13, 2013

Sammamish resident Jon Carlson, 58, has competed in the Beaver Lake Triathlon every year since its rebirth in 1994. By Neil Pierson

Sammamish resident Jon Carlson, 58, has competed in the Beaver Lake Triathlon every year since its rebirth in 1994. By Neil Pierson

The Beaver Lake Triathlon — which will kick off its 20th go-round Aug. 17 — has a lot of repeat participants, but it seems only one man has done it every year.

Jon Carlson moved to his home on Beaver Lake in 1993, a year before a neighbor, Mark Stendal, resuscitated the triathlon following its disappearance in the 1980s. Carlson was one of about 200 people who did the quarter-mile swim, 13.8-mile bike ride and 4.3-mile run in 1994, and he hasn’t stopped since.

Stendal founded the popular event, but Carlson said he missed a year of competitive action.

“He claims I’m the only known guy that’s done them all,” Carlson said.

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Muddy Buddy trail runs come to Issaquah

August 13, 2013

The Muddy Buddy Adventure Series, a 5K to 7K race along trails in Lake Sammamish State Park, will come to Issaquah from 7-11 a.m. Aug. 18.

The race, expected to attract about 1,400 attendees, includes obstacles such as a rope climb, tunnels and slides, finishing off with a 50-foot mud pit. According to the event website, the run has been a “huge hit” since its start in 1999. Runners can sign up in teams or individually.

Participants will each earn a technical tee, a finisher medal, post-race snacks and a race number. There will also be a beer garden for those aged 21 and older.

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Kids invited to run at cross-country camp

August 13, 2013

The Issaquah Parks & Recreation Department is offering a three-day cross-country camp for elementary- and middle-school runners.

The camp will take place Aug. 27-29 at Lake Sammamish State Park. Elementary school students will run from 9-10 a.m., and middle-schoolers will run from 9-10:30 a.m. daily.

Learn more or register by calling 837-3300 or on the city of Issaquah’s website at www.ci.issaquah.wa.us. Click on the Parks & Recreation tab.


Playin’ with Hot wheels

August 6, 2013

Racing career accelerating for Skyline student Andrew Evans

Contributed Andrew Evans sits with his open wheel F1600 Spectrum Honda. The Skyline High School student is considering a career in racing as his successful summer nears its end.

Andrew Evans sits with his open wheel F1600 Spectrum Honda. The Skyline High School student is considering a career in racing as his successful summer nears its end.

When Andrew Evans is strapped into the seat of his 1,600 cc Spectrum Honda and is breezing down a straightaway at 140 mph, life is perfect.

“It’s a passion, and I love doing it,” he said. “I couldn’t imagine doing anything else.”

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Obliteride cancer fundraiser pedals through Issaquah

August 6, 2013

Obliteride, a bike ride to raise money for cancer research, will come through Issaquah Aug. 10. The ride starts in Seattle’s Magnuson Park. There are four different length rides — 25 miles, 50 miles, 100 miles and 180 miles.

The longest ride loops north over Lake Washington before swinging south. Part of the route goes along the East Lake Sammamish Trail, then across state Route 900, before continuing on to Tacoma, where the riders will spend the night. The next day, they’ll return to Magnuson Park in Seattle to end the ride.

“Cancer affects all of us and we want the entire community to feel welcome to come on out to Magnuson Park and cheer on all the riders who have raised money for cancer research at Fred Hutch,” said Obliteride’s executive director Amy Lavin in a statement. “We’re lucky to have such an amazing institution right in our backyard.”

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Cougar trail run final race is Aug. 10

August 6, 2013

The final event in the four-run Cougar Mountain Trail Run series is Aug. 10.

The event, co-presented by the Seattle Running Club and Northwest Trail Runs, has been a Pacific Northwest tradition for the past 11 years. This month’s race boasts multiple courses: a 5K as well as 13- and 26-mile paths that loop through some of Cougar Mountain’s 36 miles of trails.

This is the last race of the series which builds up in length and intensity through the summer. The first event offered 5- and 10-mile courses in May.

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