Issaquah Gliders alumni return to coach, support track and field team

July 31, 2012

Runners from local municipal parks and recreation teams jump at the starting gun for a 1,600-meter race hosted by the Issaquah Gliders recently at Issaquah High School. By Greg Farrar

Joanne Hartmann has volunteered with the Issaquah Gliders for 15 years.

The Issaquah Gliders is a track and field team featuring events for young children between ages 5 and 14.

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Volunteers

September 20, 2011

The Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank is looking for service groups, families or groups of four or five people to help with the Month of Concern Food Drive, which runs Saturdays Sept. 24 through Oct. 15. During the Month of Concern, hand out food bank shopping lists to shoppers at our local grocery stores, collect the goods and deliver them to the food bank. Volunteers can sign up for the entire day, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., or for half shifts. Sign up or get more information by calling Cori at 392-4123.

The Issaquah Parks & Recreation offers the following volunteering opportunities:

  • Gliders Cross Country coaches: Email Joanne Hartman at issgliders@comcast.net.
  • Districtwide middle school dances: Assist with coat check, entrance process, dance floor patrol and door watching. Dances are from 7-10 p.m. Sept. 23 and Dec. 2. Volunteers arrive at 6:30 p.m. Email Cathy Jones at cathyj@ci.issaqauh.wa.us.

Issaquah Parks & Recreation holds running program

August 16, 2011

The Issaquah Parks & Recreation Department, through the Issaquah Gliders program, is offering a middle school cross country camp from 9-10:30 a.m. Aug. 22-26 at Lake Sammamish State Park.

Registration is open at www.issaquahparks.net.

In addition, the department is registering runners for the elementary school fall running program. Practices are from 5-6 p.m. Tuesday and Friday.

Learn more at www.issaquahparks.net or call 392-8230.

Issaquah Gliders hold final meet of summer season

July 19, 2011

Young athletes from Auburn, Renton, Snoqualmie and Issaquah who are in the Gliders program, pound Skyline High School's track as they dash towards the finish line of a girls race. By Quinn Eddy

The Issaquah Gliders program held its final track meet of the 2011 summer season July 14. The event at Skyline High School hosted teams from Renton, Auburn and Snoqualmie. Whether the young athlete comes in first or last, every youngster is a winner.

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Skyline runner wins title

July 13, 2010

Drew Matthews, of Skyline High School, won the boys 400 meters in the boys 15-16 division July 10 at the Pacific Northwest Regional Junior Olympics track and field meet at the Southwest Athletic Complex in Seattle.

Matthews, a member of the Issaquah Gliders track team, won the 400 in 50.85 seconds. He also finished third in the 800 with a time of 2:04.78.

By placing in the top three in both events Matthews qualifies for the USA Junior Olympics on July 27-31 in Sacramento, Calif.

Tastin’ N Racin returns to Lake Sammamish June 12-14

June 8, 2010

The roar of unlimiteds racing on Lake Sammamish is music to the ears of many people who are fans of the sport of hyrdoplane racing.

And fans will get their ear full June 12-14 at Lake Sammamish State Park at the annual Tastin’ N Racin.

But for folks that like just music, Tastin’ N Racin offers that venue, too. Playing on the main stage will be Rail on June 13 and Randy Hansen on June 14. Hansen will do a tribute to Jimmy Hendrix.

For people who don’t like hydroplane racing or the hard music, there is food. Tastin’ N Racing annually has a variety of booths that sell tasty food.

In addition, there are arts and crafts from Northwest artisans, and a family fun area for children.

But back to the hydros.

The KZOK 102.5 Cup has its best selection of boats in recent years. Fans get the opportunity to view 1-litre, 2.5 stock, 5-litre and national modified hydros, flat-bottom runabouts, vintage hydros and grand prix hydros.

Racing action begins at 9 a.m. June 13 and continues through June 14. Read more

A view from Vancouver

February 16, 2010

Sammamish skier chases dream downhill to the Olympics

Yina Moe-Lange marches alongside fellow Danish athletes during the Winter Olympics opening ceremony Feb. 12 in Vancouver, British Columbia. Photo contributed

The dream stretched back to childhood, when Yina Moe-Lange strapped on a pair of skis and took to the slopes. Through the years and countless downhill runs, she honed her skill with a singular goal in mind: competing in the Winter Olympics.

Moe-Lange, 16, assumed she might be too young to compete when the Olympics opened in Vancouver, British Columbia, and skiers competed in alpine events about four hours from Sammamish, where she and her family moved in 2005.

The premier skiers — like, say, Lindsey Vonn — reach peak ability in their 20s, so Moe-Lange trained with the 2014 Winter Olympics in mind. About a month ago, however, she received word from Denmark: Moe-Lange, a Danish citizen, had been selected to compete in the games, then just a few weeks distant.

The dream to compete in the Winter Olympics turned to reality ahead of schedule.

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Racing to the Olympics

January 26, 2010

Racing to the Olympics Yina Moe-Lange, a 16-year-old Sammamish resident and former Skyline High School student, will compete in alpine ski events for Denmark in the Winter Olympics, in Vancouver, British Columbia, beginning Feb. 12. Moe-Lange will race in the giant slalom Feb. 24 and the slalom Feb. 26. ‘At 16, I am not yet a medal contender,’ she said. ‘But this is an extremely important step in the furthering of my ski racing career. Ever since my childhood, I have dreamt of going to the Olympics and this is an opportunity not to be missed.’ Moe-Lange ran cross-country in middle school and for the Skyline High School team. She has also been involved with the Issaquah Gliders for years, both as a runner and as a volunteer assistant coach. Photo contributed