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.
The Oktoberfest Trail Runs, which consist of both a 10-mile and 5-mile course, are held October 19 in the Wenatchee National Forest near Leavenworth, WA.
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.
Our pace had slowed to a sun-beaten crawl, and the shade that seemed to cover the trail kept hopelessly receding. The final climb of our rim-to-rim-to-rim adventure was easily one of the hardest things I’ve pushed through and I couldn’t help but let my thoughts turn to refreshment at the top: chips and salsa and… beer.
Trail running has many legitimate benefits over running on roads. And although it isn’t always possible to run on dirt, it’s worth staying off busy thoroughfares.