I am a runner—a senior runner. I have been running since I joined the track team at Roosevelt Junior High School—nearly 60 years ago! I never won any races, but I remember very well the good feelings and self-esteem I enjoyed after a hard workout or race.
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.
It may not boast the title of Tracktown, USA, or have the foodie culture and urban appeal of Portland, but the oft overlooked Corvallis, OR, has plenty to offer both locals and visitors. The city of over 55,000 residents has a wine walk, an annual Turkey Trot, an abundance of wineries and a state university offering cultural and educational experiences, as well as athletic spectatorship.
After 19 years of racing, my wife knows that road-tripping to an ultra is just another “vacation that’s not really a vacation.” However, there are a few races that happen to fall in the summer months with venues that can be fun for the whole family.
I believe I am meant to run through mountains, ride across desert dirt roads, immerse myself in the sea, explore less traveled paths, and actively engage in Nature. While on that journey maybe I can put a few sentences together that move others to pursue something similar, or better yet, to discover for themselves what they're meant to be.
It’s a new year and many of us have our eyes on big goals to go farther or faster, start a strength routine or try some new cross training activities. If a marathon is on your list for 2019 there is certainly lots to consider before choosing one of the hundreds of events around the Pacific Northwest.
Disneyland may be the happiest place on earth, but Whistler, British Columbia, may not be far behind if you are an outdoor enthusiast. Year-round outdoor activities, a pedestrian-only village with shops, restaurants and abundant options for lodging make Whistler a Disney-like destination for everyone.
Approximately 95 miles north of Seattle, nestled up in Washington State’s Puget Sound is the beautiful and picturesque Whidbey Island. On April 14, the island plays host to the Whidbey Island Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K, 5K, and 1K Kids Run.
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