Glacier Peak C2C July 2018
Backcountry travel

Stuke Sowle: #everysinglesummit

Although 44-year-old Stuke Sowle has only been running for about five years, he has been feverishly working on ambitious projects that are animating the PNW running community. He dubbed his most recently completed adventure #everysinglesummit. The #everysinglesummit idea was based on a Strava trend in which folks cycle every single …

Anna Gullickson
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Northwest Winter Challenge Profile: Anna Gullickson

Goals don’t often work out the way we plan. Life gets in the way in small ways and significant ways. For Northwest Winter Challenge participant Anna Gullickson, her 2018 plans were significantly derailed during the 2018 Challenge. She was hit by a car on one of her January runs. That …

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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.
Community

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 …

Runner profile

Northwest Winter Challenge Profile: Kriss McManus Schatza

Most people view the failure of their running technology as an obstacle to achieving their fitness goals. For Northwest Winter Challenge participant Kriss McManus Schatza, a glitch in technology proved to be the motivation she needed for reaching her goals. Kriss started running in 2008 when she realized she was …

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Events

Northwest Winter Challenge 2019

Winters in the Pacific Northwest are not easy. I know winter, I was raised in Minnesota, land of 10,000 frozen lakes. I lived in Boston for sixteen years, the setting for the movie The Perfect Storm. Winter running in the Pacific Northwest has its own set of challenges. I’m still …

A Proviz jacket as illuminated by a camera flash. There is also an Amphipod Xinglet in the mix, but it gets drowned out by the Proviz' reflectivity.
Best practices

Run Safely at Night

The dark season is upon us, which means it’s time for the annual ritual when folks hotly debate the dos and don’ts of running and riding at night. Seattle native, cyclist, and ultra runner Martin Criminale recommends reflective clothing and rechargeable lights: “In my experience, neon or bright clothing makes …

Autumn 2018: An advisory sign in Seattle's Sam Smith Park
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Contest: Night Riding & Running Best Practices

The dark season is upon us: day length is currently decreasing by about 3 minutes per day. The shortest day of 2018 happens on Dec 21, which for long-time residents of the Pacific Northwest is the day we all rejoice because the days start to get longer. It’s also the …

Awesome vistas during day 3 on the Wonderland Trail
Backcountry travel

Wonderland Trail 3 of 3: White River to Longmire

This is the third of a three-part series about doing a 3-day trail run/hike on the Wonderland Trail. It’s typically done as a week-long backpacking trip, or at the fast end of the spectrum, as a fast ultra run in under 1.5 days. To understand what is involved in a …

Backcountry travel

Larch Season Hike: Maple Pass Loop

Among the most popular fall hikes in the Cascades are those with abundant larch trees. The Maple Pass Loop near Rainy Pass on Highway 20 (aka “The North Cascades Highway”) offers a great mix of larches, views, meadows, and lakes. Larches are an unusual “deciduous conifer” whose needles change a …