Sophia ran a personal best of 17:48 in the 5K at this year's Run for the Pies in Carnation.
Runner profile

Sophia Liu Running to the Olympics

The women athletes profiled on Northwest in Motion tend to have one thing in common: They typically enter their respective sports not as kids or teens, but in their mid to late-20s, often as the result of serendipity. Their first forays into athletic competition are usually the result of joining …

Adventure racing

Richard Kresser Running Toward Joy

Beaming with exuberance and emanating positivity, Richard Kresser is a prominent activist expanding the boundaries of running and multisport endurance adventures in the Northwest and beyond. Richard grew up in Iowa, where he felt challenged by an older brother who demonstrated abundant athletic talent. “Growing up, I was always undersized …

Destinations

Ellen Lavoie OKTs the JWT

Ellen Lavoie has always been a “body in motion.” Growing up in rural New England she loved to play in the woods. She has also always been a free spirit who found it hard to stick with things. As a kid she tried team sports, but they never felt right. …

Backcountry travel

Ras & Kathy Vaughan: Just Ordinary Human Beings

Within the progression of ultra running, Ras & Kathy Vaughan are rather unlikely activists. Ras’ first backpacking trip at age 11 ended with his Boy Scout troop being rescued by helicopter. When Ras and Kathy met in 1996 neither had any formal athletic experience, and Ras in particular was doing …

Cycling

Rider Profile: Rosalyn Rombauer (Zylkowski)

Velocity has been profiling Seattle-area cycling athletes for about five years now, and Rosalyn Zylkowski’s (2018 update: Her last name is now Rombauer) story is perhaps the most compelling and inspiring to date. Rosalyn comes from an athletic family–her mom ran track at University of Oregon in the Steve Prefontaine …