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Mind

Mindfulness Meditation

“Mindfulness” is at the forefront of popular culture these days. It gets pitched as a cure-all that promises to make you a better everything, from executive to athlete. I’m a 30+ year practitioner of a meditation practice called Vipassana as taught by S.N. Goenka (1924-2013). Vipassana falls under the broad …

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Community

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 …

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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 …

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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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Kathy on the Pacific Crest Trail in Oregon Photo by Ras Vaughan for UltraPedestrian.com
Backcountry travel

Team UltraPedestrian Completes First UP North Loop

Although 100-mile ultra runs are a relatively popular “thing” these days, several regional athletes are upping the ante just a tad. A few recent “ultra-ultra” projects include: 1. In the summer of 2017 mother/daughter duo Tania and Martina Halik became the second team to ski the entire 2,300km length of …

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Doctoral student Megan Bland setting up the impact rig.
Cycling

New Ratings from Virginia Tech Helmet Lab

In an effort to help cyclists make informed bike helmet purchases, the Virginia Tech Helmet Lab with funding provided by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, has released new ratings for 20 bicycle helmets, which brings the total number of tested bicycle helmets to 50. The ratings give each helmet …

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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 …

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Kyle and Jason on the summit of Glacier Peak at the end of the American Alps Traverse in 2013.
Backcountry travel

Hummel and Miller Traverse the Cascade Crest

A traverse of the Cascade crest from Mt. Baker to Mt. Rainer was first envisioned in the early 1980s by legendary Cascade skier, mountaineer, and historian Lowell Skoog. Skoog’s version of the traverse was comprised of ~18 segments, and after working on the project for 25 years, he finally completed …

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

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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Thomas Sumter's Proviz jacket and gloves really stand out.
Best practices

Ride 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. Even avid, long-time area cyclists are surprised to learn that blinking front lights are illegal on bikes in Washington state. They are …

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