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Mt. Baker Hill Climb

August 5, 2019

Coming September 8, 2019. It’s “only” 22 miles but there’s an elevation gain of 4,098 feet! It’s the Mt. Baker Hill Climb, a point-to-point, thigh-busting cycling event in northern Washington. The Mt. Baker Highway will be closed to vehicle traffic so riders can make their way up this very scenic paved road from Glacier to Artist […]

Ride the Hurricane

August 1, 2019

Coming August 4, 2019. Ride to the top! The Ride the Hurricane is a round trip, recreational ride that takes cyclists from Port Angeles to the Hurricane Ridge Summit in Washington’s Olympic National Park. That’s at an elevation of 5,240 feet! Hurricane Ridge Road presents a challenging climb, but this is an untimed event and […]

Bigfoot Endurance Runs

July 24, 2019

Coming August 9-13, 2019. Sweeping views and the possibility of sighting sasquatch! It’s the Bigfoot Endurance Runs, 4 challenging point to point races through Washington’s Cascade Mountains​, location of the most Bigfoot sightings. Here’s the rundown on all 4 races: the Bigfoot 20 mile is 20 miles with 4,165 feet of elevation gain, 4,178 feet […]

Ski to Sea Race

May 22, 2019

Coming May 26, 2019. America’s original team relay race. It’s the Ski to Sea Race, a multi-sport, team relay race held in northwestern Washington that starts on the slopes of Mount Baker and ends in the cold waters of Bellingham Bay. Teams of 3 to 8 people compete in this 92-mile long event that consists […]

Street Scramble Gig Harbor

May 16, 2019

Coming May 25, 2019. Fun and free! From the folks that brought us the Street Scramble Fremont Oktoberfest, comes the Street Scramble Gig Harbor. Held in the quaint, waterfront town of Gig Harbor (named one of the best small towns in the United States by Smithsonian Magazine), this picturesque Washington town tempts visitors with views […]

Hiking Washington’s Fire Lookouts

May 3, 2019

How about a hike to a fire lookout? In Amber Casali’s book titled, Hiking Washington’s Fire Lookouts, you’ll get the scoop on 44 of these buildings that were essential in the early detection of fires in forested areas, as well as a brief history of these structures in the Evergreen State. For each lookout, she […]

Cape Flattery Trail

May 3, 2019

Do you know where the furthest northwest tip of the contiguous United States is? It’s Cape Flattery, part of the Makah Indian Reservation in the state of Washington. Named by Capitan James Cook in 1778 on his third and final voyage of discovery in the Pacific Ocean, he wrote in his journal,  “… there appeared to be […]

Tour de Lopez

April 8, 2019

Coming April 27, 2019. Take a ride around the Jewel of the San Juan Islands! In its sixteenth year, the Tour de Lopez is a family-friendly, untimed cycling event on Lopez Island, the third largest of the San Juan Islands, an archipelago in the northwest corner of Washington state. Referred to by some as the Friendly […]

Olympic Peninsula BirdFest

April 5, 2019

Coming April 12-14, 2019. Get ready birders…it’s time for the Olympic Peninsula BirdFest! This is the 16th annual festival, and the Olympic Peninsula in western Washington provides the setting for viewing a diverse group of birds, including the Bald and Golden Eagle, Peregrine Falcon, Northern Pygmy Owl, and Red-breasted Sapsucker, to name just a few. […]

The Big Plunge!

February 5, 2019

Various dates and locations throughout Washington in 2019. Take the plunge for a good cause! Not just any plunge, it’s The Big Plunge! An event to help support and raise awareness for the Special Olympics Washington, The Big Plunge!  is one of the coolest parties around. This weekend on Alki Beach with iconic views of […]

Zombie Walk – Issaquah Under Seige!

October 8, 2018

Coming October 27, 2018. What’s Halloween without a few zombies! The Zombie Walk – Issaquah Under Seige! is a fun-filled zombie parade, complete with flash-mob dance. The quaint, historic downtown streets of Issaquah, a suburb of Seattle, are turned into the city of the undead. Don’t worry if your zombie face is in the shop, they’ll […]

San Juan Outfitters Whale Watching Tour

September 18, 2018

Winning trivia question: After humans, what mammal is the most widespread in the world? Answer: Orcas! Yes, and one of the best ways to see these impressive creatures is to go on the San Juan Outfitters Whale Watching Tour. Leaving out of quaint Roche Harbor, the Sea Hawk, a mid-sized vessel of 42 feet, embarks […]

Downtown to Defiance

August 23, 2018

Coming September 9, 2018. No cars allowed! Downtown to Defiance is a free event designed to encourage everyone to get outdoors and enjoy the Tacoma waterfront. Situated along the saltwater banks of Puget Sound, Tacoma is 32 miles southwest of Seattle and is known for its world-renowned glass art. The waterfront will be closed to […]

The Whidbey Woods Checkpoint Run

August 13, 2018

Coming October 20, 2018. Have you tried nav racing? Navigation racing, that is. The Whidbey Woods Checkpoint Run is a great way to get to know this new form of trail running/orienteering on scenic Whidbey Island, just a ferry’s ride north of Seattle. They offer an introductory session prior to the race where they’ll explain […]

Girlfriends Tri

August 3, 2018

Coming August 18, 2018. A weekend of fun for the girlfriends! Head to Vancouver, Washington for the Girlfriends Tri. This is three fun-filled days with a triathlon, duathlon, aquabike, 10K, and 5K events just for the ladies whether you’re an expert or a newbie. The area is beautiful with the swim portion in the Columbia […]

Rattlesnake Ledge Trail

July 31, 2018

A very popular hike for Seattleites. If you’re visiting the Emerald City and itching to escape to fresh air and nature, then drive about 35 miles east to the Rattlesnake Mountain Scenic Area for a hike that affords 360 degree views of the Cascades including Mount Si and Mount Washington. Owing its name to an early Seattle pioneer […]

Color in Motion 5K

June 19, 2018

Coming July 14 and 28, 2018. All the colors of the rainbow, and then some! Join Color in Motion 5K for a colorful fun run in Tacoma, Washington or Colorado Springs, Colorado. Don a white tee shirt and run through the 5K course past 4 color stations with Mega Color Blasters where you’ll be doused […]

Race to Remember

May 25, 2018

Coming May 28, 2018. Monday is Memorial Day, a time to remember the people who died while serving in the our country’s armed forces. And what better way to honor this special day than to participate in the Race to Remember in Vancouver, Washington. The race is sponsored by a local nonprofit of the same name that works […]

La Conner Daffodil Festival

March 23, 2018

Spring has sprung! So how about walk among the flowers at the La Conner Daffodil Festival? Throughout the month of March, those smile-inducing, yellow blooms are covering the fields in this area of Washington, just a little under 2 hours north of Seattle. La Conner has a quaint downtown with shops and restaurants, so make […]

Cascade Endurance Women’s Trail Running & Yoga Retreat

March 7, 2018

Coming April 19, 2018. Wildflowers and mountains, yes please! The folks as Cascade Endurance are offering a Women’s Trail Running and Yoga Retreat out of Winthrop in Washington’s North Cascade mountain range. This long weekend getaway includes guided trails runs through the beautiful Methow Valley with snow-capped mountain views and wildflowers as well as daily yoga […]

REI Women’s Moonlight Snowshoe Tour

January 22, 2018

Coming January 26, 2018. An evening adventure with the girls! Join REI Outdoor School for their Women’s Moonlight Snowshoe Tour in Washington’s Wenatche National Forest. The Cascade Range has received a lot of snow this season, and Blewett Pass is ideal for a snowshoe trek with its modest elevation gain. REI puts a little twist […]

Cascade Loop

September 28, 2017

Visit the American Alps…and that’s just one section of the Cascade Loop! The Cascade Loop is a scenic drive that covers 440 miles through nine distinct regions in Washington State. You’ll encounter pristine lakes, like Ross Lake, pictured above, breathtaking mountain passes, dense alpine forests, wide open valleys, and glacier-clad peaks, giving rise to the nickname, […]

Run Like a Girl Bellingham

September 12, 2017

Coming October 7, 2017. Tiaras and tutus are optional! Run Like a Girl Bellingham is a non-competitive (read: fun!) event supporting Girls on the Run, a non-profit organization that seeks to empower young girls. It’s mostly women but the guys are welcome too in this half marathon or 10K over the Interurban Trail, often referred to as Washington’s Big […]

Galloping Gertie Half Marathon

August 8, 2017

Coming August 12, 2017. Do you know Gertie? Galloping Gertie is the nickname for the Tacoma Narrows Bridge in Washington that famously swayed, twisted, and collapsed into Puget Sound back in 1940 on a particularly windy day. The bridge has since been rebuilt (and is structurally sound now!) and is the location of the Galloping Gertie […]