According to Seattle Parks & Recreation, a local realtor named Ravenna Park after “an Italian seacoast town that was famous for its pine trees, where poets, warriors, and statesmen once strolled in a state of euphoria.” The PNW Ravenna Park serves as a nature retreat for city dwellers and also hosts the Ravenna Refresher trail races held on November 16.
Kick off Northwest Trail Runs' Winter Trail Series on Saturday, November 2, at Carkeek Park in Seattle, WA. Surrounded by mostly forest, the 10K and 5K routes are a mix of fast wide trail and narrow rolling trail with some flat sections, as well as moderate and steep sections.
Expect mud in your eye, caked on your face, and stuck in your teeth when participating in PNW’s cyclocross scene.
Riverside State Park in Spokane, WA will play host to the Chocolate Chip Cookie 50K Trail Run on October 26. The course offers runners views of the surrounding mountains, Spokane River Valley, the CCC Suspension Bridge, and nearby haystack rocks.
Choose one, two, or all three races at the Oakridge Triple Summit Challenge three-day event held September 27-29.
The Trails to Taps Relay happens October 20, and is a 30-mile trail running event with 10 legs stopping at different breweries in the Bellingham, WA area.
October 13 will mark the 13th running of the Annual Girlfriends Run for a Cure held in Vancouver, WA. The event offers a half marathon, 10K and 5K, and was designed to bring women together to support and raise funds for breast cancer research, care and treatment.
The Cross Revolution cyclocross race series is held at six separate venues outside the Seattle, WA area.
The scenic Bavarian village of Leavenworth, WA, hosts the Leavenworth Oktoberfest Marathon on Saturday, October 5.
It's grey, cold, and dumping buckets outside. I've been in a car for six hours listening to the strum thwack of wipers, squinting to determine if I'm staying between the striped lines, and white-knuckling the steering wheel driving to Marin, CA.