2017 News & Features

Why Racing Events Launches Inaugural Great Northwest Marathon, Half Marathon, and Sunset 5K

October 20, 2017

We announced earlier this year that we had a Big Surprise about a NEW event in September 2018. Some guessed that we were going to be hosting a new Triathlon event and although we have thought about it, Best in the West already hosts a fabulous Triathlon event in September and we love Blair and Staci so we didn’t want to do that. So here’s the big news… We are launching the Inaugural GREAT NORTHWEST …more »

Why We Run – For the Love of Gear

October 18, 2017

In the last two issues I explored the intrinsic factors that drive us towards running. A theme that filtered to the top was simply the innate need to move our bodies, and the necessity of movement that makes us feel whole and complete. This movement we label “running” yields us many physical and mental benefits. The byproduct found through running is connection – with nature, others and ourselves. Just this morning I sat looking out …more »

Weekend Destination: A Taste of Bavaria… Washington Style

October 10, 2017

How does a weekend trip to Bavaria, the Free State south of Germany, sound? Well, realistically, it might be easier to settle for a weekend car ride to Leavenworth, a small town in Central Washington that closely resembles a Bavarian getaway. “There is nothing more unique than a picturesque Bavarian village nestled in the mountains (that resemble the Alps), in Washington State,” said Jessica Stoller, Media Director for the Leavenworth Chamber of Commerce. “Leavenworth is …more »

Running & Body Image: Let’s Focus on the Positive

October 5, 2017

There are so many reasons to love running. The thrill of covering miles using your own two feet, the endorphins that flood in post-run and boost your mood, and the social connection of sharing a run with a good friend. Not to mention all the health benefits, such as lower risk for chronic diseases, higher quality of life, and lower rate of illness in general. Yeah, running is actually pretty great. But there is an …more »

RaceCenter Magazine – FALL 2017 Issue Now Available

September 27, 2017

The current (FALL 2017) issue of RaceCenter Northwest Magazine is now available.  This issue following features and departments along with hundreds of Northwest events listed inside. Visit your local specialty running store, triathlon shop or bike shop to pick up a copy, or find RaceCenter at select Jamba Juice locations throughout Oregon and Washington. RaceCenter Northwest Magazine is also available DIGITALLY — Click here to check out the current issue online. FEATURE ARTICLES WEEKEND GETAWAY: …more »

Oiselle – Taking Flight

September 21, 2017

In 2007, Sally Bergesen decided to begin running again after taking a hiatus from the sport to start a family. After searching for a pair of form-fitting running shorts she came up, well, short. A lack of “non-poofy” styles led her to design what is now called the “Roga” (running + yoga) short, and the company, Oiselle (wah-zell), was officially born. Sally first ran cross country in high school, and quickly discovered a love for …more »

Hill Training: Speedwork in Disguise

September 14, 2017

In 2008, I returned to Bighorn 100 for the third time. I had managed to grab my first win in a 100-miler in 2005, and was somehow lucky enough to repeat the performance in 2006 while knocking down the course record. But based on the competition, I knew a three-peat would be a tall order. From the start, I spent the first 40 miles in a group of four other runners. One being Patagonia teammate, …more »

Gold Medalist Joan Benoit-Samuelson To Highlight 40th Running Of Kaiser Permanente Napa Valley Marathon

September 7, 2017

NAPA, California, August 14, 2017—Joan Benoit-Samuelson, winner of the first-ever women’s Olympic marathon in Los Angeles in 1984, will be the featured guest at the 40th running of the fabled Kaiser Permanente Napa Valley Marathon the first weekend of March 2018. Long one of the pioneers of women’s running and a well-regarded spokeswoman for the sport of long-distance running, Joanie plans to attempt to set a world age-group record for 60-year-olds at the Kiwanis Club …more »

Salem River 2 Ridge Relay Launches on September 17th

September 5, 2017

Looking for something new and exciting to do this fall?  Travel Salem in partnership with Breakaway Promotions is excited to announce the launch of the Salem River 2 Ridge Relay on September 17th, 2017.  This exciting multisport event will showcase the beauty of downtown Salem, Willamette River, Willamette Valley and Silver Falls State Park to participants from across the Northwest as well as the country. RaceCenter readers get 25% discount using coupon code RC25. Participants will …more »