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.

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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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Sammamish hosts Mud & Chocolate trail run

August 6, 2013

Running, chocolate and mud are not often uttered in the same sentence. However, the unlikely trio will come together for the Mud & Chocolate Trail Run at Sammamish’s Soaring Eagle Park on Aug. 11.

The event, hosted by NRG Running, features a 4.5-mile run and a half marathon, through the winding, single-track trails of the park, which may or may not include a bit of mud, depending on the weather.

Finishers receive chocolate medals as well as the opportunity to feast on treats at the chocolate finisher’s table.

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Trail runners are invited to Grand Ridge event

July 30, 2013

Hard-core runners from the Pacific Northwest will converge in Issaquah on Aug. 3 for the Grand Ridge Trail Run.

The event takes place at Grand Ridge Park, near Exit 20 off Interstate 90, and will include four distances: 5 miles, half-marathon (13.1 miles), marathon (26.2 miles) and 50 kilometers (31.2 miles).

The races are part of the Evergreen Trail Runs series. Aid stations stocked with water and food will dot the course. Race organizers have teamed with The Balanced Athlete in Renton, which will raffle a pair of shoes and socks to participants.

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Have fun, get dirty and then clean at Foam Fest

July 30, 2013

The 5K Foam Fest “adventure run” is Aug. 3 at Lake Sammamish State Park.

Crawl, swim, dance, walk, skip or jump your way through an obstacle course, the likes of which you may never have seen. You can enter on your own or in teams.

“Anything goes as long as you wear some clothes,” the event website says. “You will be running in foam, mud and water so you’ll want something that can get muddy, foamy and that allows you the freedom to move and groove.

“Costumes are the coolest and come with their own list of pros, so choose but choose wisely, my friends.”

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Penalty costs Kip Brown in Columbia Cup

July 30, 2013

Nearly two weeks after Preston-based team Our Gang Racing celebrated Kip Brown and the 95 Spirit of Qatar’s Gold Cup win, the team was back in the state competing in the Columbia Cup.

The team could not duplicate the success it had in Detroit, though. It placed seventh in the final heat of the Unlimited hydroplane competition held in Tri-Cities.

Brown, the driver, was plagued by a one-lap penalty he received after he prematurely crossed the one-minute buoy.

The team will next compete for the Albert Lee Appliance Cup at Seafair in Seattle Aug. 2-4.

Drinking and boating laws get tougher

July 30, 2013

New Boating Under the Influence laws went into effect July 28.

Under the laws, BUI is a gross misdemeanor, punishable by a maximum fine of $5,000 and up to 364 days in jail.

Law enforcement will be able to require operators suspected of BUI to take a breath or blood test. They will also have the authority to issue citations to vessel operators during the investigation of collisions and accidents they did not witness, thus holding negligent and reckless boaters more accountable.

The legal limit for BUI is .08 percent or under the influence and

 

En garde

July 23, 2013

Washington Fencing Academy carries on the tradition of centuries-old sport

The sport of fencing is often associated with a certain aristocratic air, possibly perpetuated by film depictions and the sheer history of the pastime.

To those unfamiliar with the sport, fencing is simply the means by which storied characters such as Zorro, or The Three Musketeers, vanquish their enemies.

By Greg Farrar A fencer is backed up to the end of the strip by the offensive attacks of his opponent during épée class at Washington Fencing Academy on Northwest Mall Street in Issaquah.

By Greg Farrar
A fencer is backed up to the end of the strip by the offensive attacks of his opponent during épée class at Washington Fencing Academy on Northwest Mall Street in Issaquah.

Those who are close to the sport understand that it is much more than that. It is a sport of respect, chivalry and craft.

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