Thursday, March 27, 2008


Yes, we're almost a full week into Spring now, and this morning we had...snow. Come on! Do we really need this? How about just a little sun. A little? Well, at least we're getting into the meaty part of the calendar for running. There are actually enough races most weekends now that I can pick and choose which ones I want to list instead of just running anything and everything I could find. So, without further ado:

March 28 and 29 / Snake River Sprint Triathlon / Lewiston, ID - Yes, it's actually on two days...they do the indoor swim on Friday night, then the outdoor bike and run on Saturday (your "T1" time won't look good in the results)

March 29 / Leif to Leif Fun Run 5k / Ballard, WA

March 29 / Birch Bay International Road Race 30k, 15k, and 5k / Birch Bay, WA

March 29 / Running of the Fools 10k / Longview, WA

Thursday, March 20, 2008

The latest if not greatest...

The new article is just a short profile, but it's definitely worthy of a read. I interviewed Barbara Macklow, a 73 year old Bellingham, WA resident that broke the record of oldest runner to finish the JFK 50-miler in Washington DC. Yes, she's 73. Yes, she ran a 50 mile race. No, not kilometers...miles. I know. Crazy. When I'm 73, I don't plan on moving out of remote control range of the TV, so color me impressed. Go grab yourself the new issue of Northwest Runner and check it out.

Hey, put down the magazine for a second and go run a race this weekend.

March 22 / Ephrata Canal Caper 10k / Ephrata, WA

March 22 / Easter Sprint Duathlon / Olympia, WA

March 22 / Easter Marathon, 1/2 Marathon, 10 mile, 10k, 5k / Olympia, WA

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Let Your Irish Flag Fly...

We must be close to St. Patrick's Day because there are about 639 "green-themed" races this weekend. Which reminds me of a story...(I'm going to be great at that when I'm a Grandfather).

Way back when, living in Seattle, when my brother and I actually used to run races together regularly, and we had about a 10 year streak going on the St. Patrick's Day Dash - the powers behind the Dash came out with can only be described, affectionately, as the most hideous race shirt of all time in the history of the world! Those of you that were proud owners of the shirt already know which one I'm talking about. Yes, it was the Ireland-flag inspired white shirt with one green sleeve and one orange sleeve. No, I'm not kidding. That shirt was a mismatch for EVERY item of clothing in your closet. I was embarrassed to wear that thing in the back yard for gardening. It was that bad. If anyone still has one, PLEASE send me a photo and I'll post it so everyone can share in the pain. Mine hit the trash can within three months after the race.

March 15 / Basic St. Patrick's 5k / Boise, ID

March 15 / Lucky Clover 10k and 5k / Springfield, OR

March 15 / Runnin' O' the Green 2 mile and 5 mile / Bellingham, WA

March 16 / Shamrock Run 15k, 8k, and 5k / Portland, OR

March 16 / Henry's St. Patrick's Day Dash, 3.5 miles (or so) / Seattle, WA

No, I have no idea who that is in the photo, and it didn't have a credit for the photographer, but hey, he's running through the clover, so I was all for it.

Saturday, March 8, 2008

The latest ink...

Here it is! The newest addition to the Lommers article family. This time we're discussing the famous Ski to Sea multi-sport relay race that starts at Mt. Baker and ends in Bellingham Bay in Fairhaven. In between those two points, you get Cross Country skiing, Downhill Skiing, Running, Road Biking, Canoeing (is that how you spell it?), Mountain Biking and, finally, Kayaking. It covers 85 miles...what the -?!?! Thanks a lot, Ski to Sea Race Committee. Right after I write an article about the race and title it "Eighty-Two Miles and Change," they adjust the course from 82.5 miles to 85 miles! Holy moly guacamole. Anyhoo, grab the new issue of Adventures NW Magazine and check out my article. And if you're not on a Ski to Sea team yet, what are you waiting for?

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Out with the Old...

But for you they can be new! Yes, I'm clearing out some of the old training gear - it's spring time after all. So if you're looking for a warm water wetsuit or a very nice, and barely used, bike trainer, follow these here links:

Bike Trainer


And now to the races! Not much going on in Oregon this weekend, but a few races in Washington, so let's run.

March 8 / Spring Forward 5k Run for Autism / Tacoma, WA

March 8 / Sunset Valley Loop 10 mile Fun Run and Relay / Anacortes, WA

March 8 / Salmon Creek 7.6 mile Run / Vancouver, WA