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 …

All smiles above treeline on the Church Mountain trail; Mt. Baker in the background
Backcountry travel

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 …

Humpback Creek near the start of the Annette Lake trail.
Destinations

Annette Lake Trail

Sad to say, as far as area hikes go, I tend to replay my “greatest hits” list over and over. I’ve lived in the Pacific Northwest since 1994 and only just got around to the Annette Lake Trail last weekend. Last Saturday I volunteered to help at the mile 10.4 …

The 2017 Tour de France peloton climbing just as a fierce downpour begins.
Cycling

Experience Tour de France Alps Stages 12 & 13

Francesca Carmichael, owner, brain, and sole “woman power” behind a Seattle-area Italy-focused business, has come up with an exciting last-minute itinerary for a trip to France and Italy planned around viewing stages 12 (Bourg-Saint-Maurice Les Arcs/Alpe d’Huez) and 13 (Bourg d’Oisans/Valence) of this year’s Tour de France. Those Tour stages …

Legs and bodies fly onto the backstretch.
Community

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, …

Personalities

An Evening with Ann Trason

Trail running legend Ann Trason will be in Seattle at Seven Hills Running Shop next Monday evening at 7PM. RSVP here. She’s bringing one of her Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run cougar trophies to Seven Hills where it will reside on long-term loan. Check out Western States’ history and see …

Competitors at the start of the half marathon.
Racing

NW Trail Runs Rattlesnake Ridge Half & 5 Miler

Seattle has long been an epicenter of trail running activity. That culture means we have a busy trail running calendar. It’s possible to do 2-4 trail races per week. Last Saturday, under perfect northwest conditions–rain and cold–Northwest Trail Runs hosted the Rattlesnake Ridge Half Marathon and 5-Miler. The start was …

Credit: Jerry Gamez
Climbs

Jess Mullen Everests Chirico

Last year “Everesting” was a thing amongst a small subset of area cyclists. In a nutshell, Everesting is doing hill repeats until you’ve ascended the height of Mt. Everest (29,029′.) While there doesn’t seem to be the same level of enthusiasm for Everesting amongst cyclists this year, prominent area ultra …

Community

UltraPedestrian Wilderness Challenge 2018

Ultra running events (events longer than a marathon distance) are up 1,000% in the last decade according to The Guardian. Although racing events have the most visible presence, here in the Pacific Northwest there are a couple intriguing variations on the ultra running theme. Aspire Adventure Running, one of Northwest …

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 …