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Northwest Winter Challenge Profile: Ben Thomassen

Brothers are there for each other through thick and thin. They get in trouble together, and they support each other during tough times. Northwest Winter Challenge participant Ben Thomassen’s life changed when dared by his brother to participate in a triathlon. Now, this finisher of multiple Ironman competitions and the …

Ron Nicholl, founding member of the Fat Ass was delighted that the event is attracting record numbers of participants.
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The 2019 January Fat Ass

Saturday January 5 was the 27th annual Tiger Mt Fat Ass trail run. The tradition has been maintained over the years by one of the original founders, Ron Nicholl, who came all the way from his home in Anchorage where he is a professional photographer. As I participated in the …

Competitors use skins to climb wearing their skis during the 2018 Vertfest. Credit: Karter Raich
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Snowgoat Skimo Series

Skimo in Washington state is getting a dose of adrenaline this season, thanks to the efforts of ultra athletes Richard Kresser and Maudie Jordan. 2019 is the inaugural year of their Snowgoat SkiMo Series. “Skimo” is shorthand for ski mountaineering, a race format that emphasizes climbing on skis. Usually held …

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Seward Park 2018 Finale

Thursday August 30 was the finale of the 2018 Voler Thursday Night Cycling Series at Seward Park. The late summer light filtered through the trees and clouds just long enough to get a few dramatic pictures during the 6:00 race. Final results 7:00 PM Race: Teddy Schwartz Nick Bennette Will …

Discovery Park regroup on the bluff above Puget sound
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Caden’s Running Club

In the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree category: Caden Ragsdale, son of ultra runner (and former ultra cyclist) Chris, is an eleven year old headed for the 6th grade. In April, Caden ran the Deception Pass Marathon (5:41:21), and was following a training plan to get ready for …

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NW MTB Series 2018 Finale

Wednesday evening was the finale of the 2018 NW Mountain Bike Series. Also known as the “Wednesday Night World Championships,” this was the series’ fifth season. The “world championships” reference pokes fun at the fact that although riders at local races and group rides are just out for bragging rights, …

All smiles above treeline on the Church Mountain trail; Mt. Baker in the background
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Trail Running in the North Cascades: Festival 542

Highway 542, the Mt Baker Scenic Byway, runs east-west from Bellingham to Artist Point. It is the access point to some of the Northwest’s best mountain terrain: fantastic trails, North Cascades National Park, mountaineering, skiing at Mt. Baker Ski Area, and some of the best backcountry skiing in North America …

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2018 Ballard Criterium presented by Carter Volkswagen

Saturday June 9 is the 25th edition of Seattle’s classic Ballard Criterium (also previously known as the “Twilight Criterium”) road bicycle race. As of the beginning of 2018 there was some question about whether it would happen. Apex Cycling Team has been managing the event for the past three years, …

Legs and bodies fly onto the backstretch.
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Wednesday Evenings with SRC

For most of us, the best way to achieve our health and fitness goals is to join a group, club, or team. It is hugely beneficial to connect with others who are on the same path. It doesn’t matter whether you are doing a contemplative activity like yoga or meditation, …

Pretty in pink: A cherry blossom tree accentuates the view at the hairpin turn.
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Seward Park Series: Pretty in Pink

With cherry blossoms in nearly full bloom around Lake Washington, this week’s Seward Park Series was “pretty in pink.” This classic Seattle weekly hammerfest is now in its 29th year, and is a focal point for the region’s bike racing community. Most participants ride to the race, race, then ride …