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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Good as gold

July 16, 2013

Preston team’s Kip Brown wins Super Bowl of hydroplane racing

By Chris Denslow/H1 Unlimited The 95 Spirit of Qatar driver Kip Brown (right) hoists the Gold Cup, along with his uncle Nate Brown (left), a former Gold Cup winner and an Our Gang Racing owner. The Our Gang Racing team, based in Preston, came in first place at the Detroit American Power Boat Association’s Gold Cup July 14.

By Chris Denslow/H1 Unlimited
The 95 Spirit of Qatar driver Kip Brown (right) hoists the Gold Cup, along with his uncle Nate Brown (left), a former Gold Cup winner and an Our Gang Racing owner. The Our Gang Racing team, based in Preston, came in first place at the Detroit American Power Boat Association’s Gold Cup July 14.

The National Football League has the Super Bowl; Major League Baseball has the World Series; but for hydroplane racing, it’s the Gold Cup that stands as the pinnacle of the sport’s achievements.

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Public invited to enjoy the outdoors in nature-walk series

July 16, 2013

The city of Sammamish is hosting a series of nature walks the third Saturday of each month from July through October.

The walks, free of charge, start at 10 a.m. and last 90-120 minutes. Below are dates, locations and details of the next four events. Register online at www.sammamishwalks.org.

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Mason Lake offers worthy payoff for strenuous hike

July 16, 2013

The Alpine Lakes Wilderness area covers 390,000 acres of pine-shrouded mountains dotted with lakes tucked away in bowl-shaped valleys in the North Cascades. While much of the area is difficult to access, Mason Lake is in King County, and reachable in a somewhat challenging day hike along the Ira Spring Trail.

The hike is about 3 miles each way, with an elevation gain of about 2,500 feet. It starts easily enough — a wide trail shaded by leafy trees and a fairly gradual incline.

By Susie Kim The first look at Mason Lake appears as hikers come up from just below the water level.

By Susie Kim
The first look at Mason Lake appears as hikers come up from just below the water level.

After the first half-mile or so, a small waterfall uphill creates a stream (which makes its way to the South Fork of the Snoqualmie River) that cuts across the trail.

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Swimming duo synchs up to a strenuous new sport

July 9, 2013

As first-time competitors at the national level, it was understandable for synchronized swimmers Leeza Polyakova and Meili Hobson to be a bit tense.

Polyakova and Hobson, who are both Sammamish residents, had to ignore their apprehension last month as part of the Seattle Synchronized Swim Team’s performance at the eSynchro Age Group Championships in Riverside, Calif.

It wasn’t an easy task. The girls are relatively new to the sport, having gotten involved within the past two years, and they were competing in front of several hundred people at the meet — easily the biggest crowd they’ve seen.

By Neil Pierson Sammamish residents Leeza Polyakova (left) and Meili Hobson enjoyed their time at a national synchronized swimming meet last month.

By Neil Pierson
Sammamish residents Leeza Polyakova (left) and Meili Hobson enjoyed their time at a national synchronized swimming meet last month.

Hobson, 11, who will enter the fifth grade this fall at Creekside Elementary School, felt a lot of nerves as she entered the pool at Riverside City College for the first time.

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Cougar Mountain Trail Run third race is July 13

July 9, 2013

The third in the four-run Cougar Mountain Trail Run series is July 13.

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 10- and 20-mile path that loops through some of Cougar Mountain’s 36 miles of trails, as well as a 5K.

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