Issaquah triathlon is set for June 1

May 28, 2013

The 13th annual Issaquah Triathlon, Duathlon, 10K, 5K and Kids’ Triathlon, sponsored by Arbor Schools, is June 1.

The Sprint Distance Triathlon begins at 7 a.m. The Spring Duathlon runs concurrently with the triathlon. The Issaquah 5K and 10K Run/Walk begins at 7 a.m. The Kids Triathlon begins at 9:30 a.m. and is recommended for children ages 6-12.

Expect traffic delays in and around Lake Sammamish State Park the morning of June 1.

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Registration is still open for annual Issaquah Triathlon

May 22, 2012

Athletes of all ages will crowd the shores of Lake Sammamish June 2 for the 12th annual Issaquah Triathlon, Duathlon, 10K, 5K and Kids’ Triathlon.

Sponsored by Arbor Schools, the event is an annual early summer rite at Lake Sammamish State Park.

“This competition is so wonderful because it attracts a diverse group of competitors,” said Mary O’Brien, Arbor Schools owner. “If you’re an experienced triathlete, this race is for you. If this is your first tri, this race is for you. If you’re a kid, there’s a race for you, too.”

There are still slots available — you can register at www.issaquahtri.com. Learn more by emailing info@issaquahtri.com or calling 392-3866.

Winter weather does not keep seasoned triathletes from year-round training

February 21, 2012

A racer speeds around a corner on West Beaver Lake Drive Southeast, at the beginning of the 13.8-mile leg of the 2010 Beaver Lake Triathlon. By Christopher Huber

The triathlon has become one of the most popular spring and summer sports. It attracts people of all ages, athleticism and professional backgrounds.

Essentially, the race consists of swimming, bicycling and running. However, triathlons range in difficulty from the Olympic and sprint races to the rigorous Ironman events. The three popular local races — Issaquah Triathlon, Beaver Lake Triathlon and Lake Sammamish Triathlon — are classified as sprints.

Because the actual season does not start until late May, many people put off training for triathlons until the weather warms up.

But veteran triathletes like Mark Stendal, of Sammamish, begin preparing for triathlons in January.

Stendal has been involved in triathlons for 20 years. He has competed in at least 60 triathlons.

“I did five triathlons last year, two sprints and three Olympics,” Stendal said.

He is the founder of the Beaver Lake Triathlon, an event held in late August that has grown in popularity every year.

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Issaquah Triathlon returns June 4

May 31, 2011

For many athletes, the triathlon season begins with the Issaquah Triathlon. This year’s Issaquah Triathlon is June 4 and is again held at Lake Sammamish State Park.

More than 1,000 athletes are expected to compete in the 11th annual event. The Issaquah Triathlon actually includes a variety of races.

The first race, the sprint triathlon, starts at 7 a.m. The sprint triathlon appeals to veteran triathletes, as well as novices.

The sprint triathlon course consists of a quarter-mile swim, a 15-mile bicycle ride and a 3-mile run.

The sprint duathlon consists of a 15-mile bike ride and a 3-mile run.

Among the other events are the 5K and 10K runs, and the kids’ triathlon. The kids’ triathlon is broken down into two groups, ages 10-13 and 9 and under.

Call 206-914-4846 or go to www.issaquahtri.com.

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Issaquah boys lacrosse reaches semifinals

May 24, 2011

The Issaquah High School boys lacrosse team, which hopes to win another state title, faces a big challenge May 25, when the Eagles play at Bainbridge High School in the semifinals of the Washington State Lacrosse Division I tournament.

The contest is set for 7 p.m.

Bainbridge finished first in the Southwest Division this spring with a 10-0 record. Issaquah was second in the Northeast Division with an 8-2 record.

The winner of the contest plays Mercer Island or Bellevue, who meet May 25 in the other semifinal, for the championship at 7:30 p.m. May 28 in Seattle’s Memorial Stadium.

Issaquah and Bainbridge met earlier this season with the Eagles winning 8-6 at home. This contest figures to be another defensive battle.

The Eagles reached the semifinals after they clobbered Tacoma, 18-5, May 21 in Gary Moore Stadium.

Issaquah came out fired up and scored three goals before Tacoma got its attack started. After going up 6-1, Issaquah then broke through for seven straight goals to take a commanding lead.

Junior Matt O’Neill led Issaquah with five goals. Seniors Jake Fritz, Kevin Powers and Ashton Ritchie had strong games in their final home appearance. Fritz had three goals, two assists and six groundballs. Powers had three goals, four assists and five groundballs. Ritchie scored three goals, had an assist and one groundball.

Bainbridge qualified for the semifinal after it defeated Eastside Catholic, 14-4, May 20 in the quarterfinals.

Issaquah lost to Mercer Island 4-2 in last year’s semifinals after winning the state title in 2008 and 2009.

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Locals dominate triathlon leaderboard

June 8, 2010

By Greg Farrar Janice Vibar of Seattle (742), as well as Jeff Speert of Seattle, head out with other cyclists onto Northwest Sammamish Road during the second leg of the Issaquah Triathlon from Lake Sammamish State Park.

Janice Vibar of Seattle (742), as well as Jeff Speert of Seattle, head out with other cyclists onto Northwest Sammamish Road during the second leg of the Issaquah Triathlon from Lake Sammamish State Park. By Greg Farrar

Twenty one local runners finished in the top 10 of their respective groups at the 2010 Issaquah Triathlon on June 5.

Mathieu Signoretty, of Sammamish, placed fifth overall in the sprint triathlon. His time of 1 hour, 4 minutes and 27 seconds helped him place the highest of all local participants. Seattle’s Nicolas Flacco won the triathlon in 1:00:13.

Sammamish’s Eric Kutter took seventh place among the male masters finishers (1:06:53) and Issaquah’s Randy Golob placed eighth in the masters category (1:07:06). Kutter was 17th overall and Golob took 18th place among all competitors.

Robin White, of Sammamish, was the fourth-best female finisher overall with a time of 1:11:26.

In the duathlon, Robert Weisel, of Issaquah, took fourth overall (1:01:20) and Sammamish’s Mark Nicholson placed eighth with a time of 1:07:19.

Among the top 10 female finishers, Carri Miller, of Sammamish, placed fifth in 1:09:59 and Issaquah’s Shannon Lampman followed in sixth (1:12:16).

Issaquah resident Rebecca Tollefson won the 10K event with a time of 45:19 and fellow resident Kari Culbert took third overall (46:44). Sammamish’s Jason Olson placed ninth overall, finishing in 51:40, while Issaquah’s Megan Yount took 11th (52:09).

In the 5K race, Sammamish’s Jason Reeder placed highest of local athletes, finishing in 25:23 to place fourth. Patrick and Peter Woodward, of Sammamish, took eighth and ninth, respectively, both with a time of 26:05. Issaquah’s Monica Price finished 11th overall with a time of 27:23.

Volunteers needed for Issaquah Triathlon

June 3, 2010

NEW — 7 a.m. June 3, 2010

Issaquah Triathlon organizers need volunteers to hand out packets to participants, man water stations, set up courses and handle other tasks before, during and after the Saturday event.

The triathlon kicks off Saturday morning at Lake Sammamish State Park.

Organizers need about 250 volunteers to help put on the event. The biggest need: volunteers to marshal the race and keep athletes safe and on track. Find a complete list of volunteer opportunities here.

Organizers expect more than 1,000 athletes are expected to compete in the 10th annual event.

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More than 1,000 athletes expected for 10th annual Issaquah Triathlon

June 1, 2010

For many athletes, the triathlon season begins with the Issaquah Tri. This year’s Issaquah Triathlon is June 5 at Lake Sammamish State Park.

More than 1,000 athletes are expected to compete in the 10th annual event. The Issaquah Tri actually includes a variety of races.

The first race, the sprint triathlon, starts at 7 a.m. The sprint triathlon appeals to veteran triathletes, as well as novices who are just starting to get their feet wet in the sport.

The sprint triathlon course consists of a quarter-mile swim, a 15-mile bicycle ride and a 3-mile run.

The sprint duathlon, added to the Issaquah Tri schedule last year, consists of a 15-mile bike ride and a 3-mile run.

Among the other events are the 5K and 10K runs, which start at 8:30 a.m. The field of competitors often consists of seasoned distance runners, but also appeals to runners of a variety of ages.

The kids’ triathlon wraps up the morning. The event, which starts at 9:30 a.m., is for children 6-12 years of age.

Packet pickup and late registration for all events are from 1-6 p.m. June 4 at Lake Sammamish State Park. There will also be packet pickup and registration June 5, starting at 5:30 a.m.

NEW — Sports update

May 28, 2009

NEW — 1 p.m. May 28, 2009

Issaquah lacrosse wins semifinal

The Issaquah High School lacrosse club is headed for the Washington State League Division I state championship game again.

Issaquah, defending state champions, defeated visiting Bainbridge 5-4 in overtime Wednesday in the semifinals. Issaquah meets rival Mercer Island, the regular-season champion, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Seattle’s Memorial Stadium for the title.

Kevin Powers scored the winning goal for Issaquah. Todd Jones scored two goals for the Eagles.

Issaquah trailed 2-1 after the first quarter and 3-2 at halftime.

In the third period, Connor McClain tied the score for Issaquah and Jones put the Eagles ahead. Bainbridge tied the score late in the fourth quarter to send the game into overtime.

Issaquah Triathlon is Saturday

The annual Issaquah Triathlon is Saturday at Lake Sammamish State Park.

The event begins with the sprint triathlon at 7 a.m., followed by the duathlon, 5K and 10K races, and the kids’ triathlon.

The 5K and 10K races are scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m.

State track meet begins today

Athletes from Issaquah, Liberty and Skyline high schools begin competition today at the 2A, 3A, 4A state track and field championships at Tacoma’s Mount Tahoma High School.

Competition starts at 4:30 p.m. Most of the action today will be in preliminary events, although there are some final events.

The championship meet runs through Saturday.