Fun, run, bike events: Part 1

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Every year around this time, I publish a fairly complete list of late winter/early spring races and events that range from fun runs, triathlons, bike rides and so on. This year is no different from previous years; we have a few new events and lost a few long-standing and well-loved events. The consistent aspect of all these activities is it gives us all an opportunity to get off our keisters and get some exercise along with a fair amount of fun and community involvement.

This year I have added asterisks to the events that are great for sedentary first-timers and for people looking for more fun rather than serious racing. This does not mean those athletes that want to break a 5 minute pace can’t still show up and put the rest of us in awe. I just want to highlight and encourage folks who avoid these type of activities to get out of their comfort zone, break out their tutus and crawl to the finish line in style or at least show up and get some much needed exercise.

Here is the most current list of races from February through May. This does not represent all the races or events, just the ones that have been posted or announced. If I have missed any you think should be on the list, let me know and I will try to get them published in a subsequent column or in March when I post the summer/fall 2017 schedule.

Feb. 18: Edge of Hell Trail Run 4 Mile & 10K, Hells Gate State Park, Lewiston

Feb. 25: Walla Walla Dirty Duathlon 2.7 Mile Trail Run 15.4 Mile MT Bike, Walla Walla, Wash.

Feb. 25: Snow Joke Half Marathon, Seeley Lake, Mont.

Feb. 25: LCSC Dum & Dummer Half Marathon/Duathlon, Hells Gate State Park, Lewiston

March 18: *Caveman 5K Roar and Pour 5K Fun Run, Quincy, Wash.

March 19: *Rapid Rabbit Run 5 Mile/3 Mile Walk/Run, Spokane

March 25: *Spokane Super Hero Run 10K, 5K Walk/Run, Spokane

March 25: Snake River Sprint Triathlon, Clarkston, Wash.

April 1: *Hunger Run 5K & 10K, Spokane

April 2: *Hauser Lake Ice Breaker 10K, Hauser

April 8: Ronde van Palouse Bike race 16 Mile circuit, Spangle, Wash.

April 9: Negative Split Half Marathon, Spokane

April 15: Wenatchee Marathon/Half & 10K, Wenatchee, Wash.

April 23: *35th Annual Spring Dash 5 Mile, Coeur d’Alene

April 23: *Spokane River Run 50K, 25K, 10K, 5K, Spokane

April 29: Liberty Lake Trail Run 8 Mile, Liberty Lake

April 29: The Ultimate Wine Run Tri-Cities 5K/1K Run Walk, Kennewick, Wash.

April 29: *Omak Orchards in Bloom Half Marathon & 10K Run, Omak, Wash.

April 30: *The Lilac Century Ride 2017, Spokane

May 7: *41st Annual Bloomsday 12K, Spokane

May 12-13: *2017 NorthWest Paddle festival, Lake Sammamish, Wash.

May 6: Spartan Beast 12 Plus Mile Mud & Obstacle Run, Big Fork, Mont.

May 7: Spartan Spring 12 Plus Mile Mud & Obstacle Run, Big Fork, Mont.

May 13: Priest Lake Ultra Marathon, Half & 5K Fun Run, Hills Resort, Priest Lake

May 20: *America’s Armed Forces Kid’s Run, Spokane

May 20: State Park Series Farragut State Park, Half Marathon & 5 Mile, Athol

May 20: 37th Annual Spokane Troika Half Triathlon, Spokane

May 20: Woodrat 25 Mile Mountain Bike Race, Hills Resort, Priest Lake

May 21: 24th Annual Onion Man Triathlon, Walla Walla, Wash.

May 27-28: 24 Hours Around the Clock MT Bike 14.8 Mile Laps, Spokane

May 28: Coeur d’Alene Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K Run, Coeur d’Alene

May 28: *Priest Lake Spring Festival Run Half Marathon, 10K, 5K & Kid’s Dash, Coolin

Now pick a couple of events to participate in and get out there, have fun and keep moving for your health and well-being.

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Judd Jones is a director for The Hagadone Corporation in Coeur d’Alene.

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