Portland run to benefit Issaquah trails club

July 26, 2011

“About two years… and many, many pounds ago, in a doughnut shop in Seattle, I set my very first running goal: to run a marathon.”

That’s the first full line on Douglas Pariseau’s still growing website.

By the way, Pariseau, 44, reached his initial goal. His first marathon was the 2010 Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle Marathon. The achievement came just a year after Pariseau had decided he needed to run a marathon. So, as he says on his site, Pariseau needed a new goal.

He came up with one.

Mostly for fun, but also to raise money for the Issaquah Alps Trail Club and the cross-country team at Mt. Rainer Lutheran School in Tacoma, Pariseau leaves July 27 for a 185-plus mile run from the Issaquah REI store where he works to an REI in Portland, Ore.

Pariseau said he plans to make the trip in seven days.

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Discovery Elementary students finish marathon in months

November 30, 2010

Discovery Elementary School students Kiley Prutzman (left) and Anjai Bhuthpur run laps around the school baseball diamond during lunch recess. By Katie McDorman

A total of 30 students laced their shoes, stretched their legs and — during a two-month period — ran a marathon.

Discovery Elementary School first-grade teacher Reyna Yamamoto started the running club in late September, teaching her students how to warm up and cheering them on as they ran laps around the school’s baseball diamonds during lunch recess and early morning Thursday practices.

Just as in walkathon, students carried cards marking their progress. Every six laps around the diamonds equals one mile, and the students tried to run at least three miles per week, gaining endurance and confidence for the Nov. 27 Seattle Marathon.

For those who had accrued enough miles, the 1.2-mile Seattle Children’s Kids Marathon pushed the Discovery students to reach the 26.2-mile mark. Read more

Band readies for big gig at Bumbershoot

August 24, 2010

Joe LaRosee (left), producer and engineer at Jupiter Studios, looks on as Great Waves members Will Holmes, Paul Beeman, Ashley Bullock and Ryan Sprute listen to a rough track inside the Seattle studio. By Tim Pfarr

Shooting for Bumbershoot: Part 1 of 3 — Part 2 and Part 3

The night before Great Waves played a make-or-break set, the Sammamish band stumbled through the worst performance members could remember.

Holed up in Ballard, the band played to a room empty except for a brooding hipster nursing a beer. Great Waves had not rehearsed in two weeks — and the rustiness crept into the show through botched intros and forgotten lyrics. Read more

Runner keeps the beat to second place at Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon

July 20, 2010

Kim Harding holds her framed award for the second place finish among women June 26 in the 2010 Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle Marathon. Contributed

“I’m a nobody. I’m just this little girl from Issaquah,” Kim Harding said.

The 22-year-old Issaquah High School graduate began to make more of a name for herself on June 26, however, as she finished in second place for women in the 2010 Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle Marathon.

Harding finished in 2 hours, 56 minutes and 43 seconds, breaking three hours, an important marathoner landmark. She did so with little training, and no coach or team.

“What she showed us was this red-faced determination like nobody else I’ve seen,” her father, Jim Harding, said.

Kim Harding began her running career at age 9 after watching her older brother, Jon, at a race. Through high school, she ran cross country and track, but also participated in cheerleading and spent time with friends. She didn’t have the passion for running yet, she said. Read more

Sports Roundup

June 29, 2010

Yankees call up Colin Curtis

Looking for a versatile left-handed bat in the Interleague stretch, the New York Yankees called up former Issaquah High School baseball star Colin Curtis from Class AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre June 21.

Curtis, an outfielder, delivered in his second Major League game.

After making his debut June 21 and going out as a pinch hitter in the Yankees’ 10-4 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks, Curtis came through with a two-run double June 22 when New York prevailed 9-3.

Both games were played in Phoenix. Curtis’ parents and brother flew down to watch him play in the series.

Following the Arizona series, the Yankees traveled to Los Angeles for a three-game series with the Dodgers. Curtis also played against the Dodgers.

Entering this week, Curtis had appeared in six games and collected two hits in six at bats with four runs batted in.

The first hit for Curtis had to be special, because he played college baseball at nearby Arizona State University. Curtis smashed a double off Arizona reliever Chad Qualls in the Yankees’ six-run eighth inning. When Curtis returned to the dugout, he got a hug from teammate Alex Rodgriguez.

Before getting called up, Curtis was hitting .280 with 12 homers and 46 RBIs in 35 games for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The Arizona State product was a fourth-round draft selection in 2006. Curtis had been considered earlier in the season to be called up to New York, but he suffered a high ankle sprain in late April. Read more

Issaquah runners rock Seattle marathon

June 29, 2010

NEW — 11:05 a.m. June 29, 2010

Kim Harding, an Issaquah High School graduate, had not been running competitively in recent years until last November. So, the 22-year-old surprised herself and her family at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle Marathon on June 26 by placing second in the women’s division.

Harding finished the race in 2:56:43. She finished 27th overall in the pack of men and women runners. In November, she placed 13th at the Seattle Marathon.

Sopagna Eap, a past Olympic Trials participant, took first in the women’s division in 2:43.05. Eap was a former NCAA Division II All-America at the University of California, Davis.

Nick Roumonada, an Issaquah and University of Washington graduate who now lives in New York City, competed in the half-marathon. The 31-year-old Roumonada, who runs with a high-tech, carbon-fiber prosthetic on his left leg, finished in 1:38:38. It was his 10th half-marathon this year.

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