Northwest News & Features

RaceCenter Magazine – 2018 EVENT GUIDE Issue Now Available

January 22, 2018

The current (2018 EVENT GUIDE) issue of RaceCenter 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 TRI SOMETHING …more »

Top 5 Reasons To Do The Capital City Marathon

January 9, 2018

The all-volunteer-run Capital City Marathon, now in its 37th year, is one of the most well-regarded, best-supported road race events in the Pacific Northwest and includes a marathon, half marathon, 5-mile run and 1.2-mile kids run. The marathon course yields a high percentage of Boston Qualifiers and attracts long-distance veterans, novice runners and everyone in between. Along with its rolling hills, CCM is known for its beauty – taking runners through Olympia’s vibrant downtown and …more »

Mixing It Up: Cross Training for Trail Running

January 8, 2018

The days are short and it’s cold outside. Most trail runners are tempted to take a break and not run much in the winter months. The temptation is to curl up next to a warm fire and grab a good book, rather than get out the door to work out. However, this strategy doesn’t help the fitness you’ve worked so hard to build. Time to mix it up. Cross-training is the perfect remedy to keep …more »

Prepare for a Successful Year Through Winter Cross Training

December 4, 2017

You’re most likely coming off a big summer season of running, riding and generally being outside. You’ve probably got a final race or two planned in the fall, and then you’ll begin contemplating how you’re going to get through the winter when the snow flies, and biting cold rain hammers across the Pacific Northwest. This year instead of just taking winter off, I’d like to give you a few options that will not only give …more »

Lend a Hand to Triathlete Remy Maguire

November 29, 2017

On November 8th, 2017, while traveling in Mexico to support one of her athletes completing their first half-Ironman, our friend and coach Remy Maguire experienced a sudden and intense headache. Thankfully, her athlete, Julie, is a nurse and recognized the signs and symptoms of something more serious. After an ambulance ride to a local hospital and at least one CT scan later, it was determined that Remy had suffered a spontaneous cerebral hemorrhage (“brain bleed”). …more »

Eugene Marathon Allows Runners to Finish Where It Started

November 16, 2017

Befitting its home in “TrackTown USA”, few marathons can compete with the historical running-crazed legacy offered by the Eugene Marathon. “The running history here is truly unique,” said Richard Maher, race director for the Eugene Marathon. “We love helping participants experience a piece of that for themselves.” Some of that running heritage? The sport of jogging arrived in America through community runs first hosted here. Nike, Inc. got its start here. And a stunning roster …more »

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 »