Posts tagged: trail running
ADVENTURE SPORTS — Fitness junkies who enjoy trail running, mountain biking, paddling and other outdoors sports will love the big event coming up based out of Farragut State Park.
Adventure Sports Week Idaho features 14 different races and clinics over eight days, June 2 - 9. Racers are traveling from long distances to join locals at this event, said North Idaho organizer David Adlard.
Trail runs include a June 2 Beaches 2 Boulders with 5k, 10k and 9 mile fun runs and the
June 8 Deepwater half marathon, marathon, 50 k and 52 mile races.
Mountain bikers can zero in on the Mad Dash races, 4 or 6hours, on June 2.
Adventure races set for June 8-9 combine a variety of sports and skills on June 8-9.
Kids are offered their own adventure race, plus a clinic on orienteering and adventure racing.
The week includes prizes, barbecue and other treats.
Plus, “Farragut is beautiful,” Adlard said.
Info: (208) 664-0135.
TRAILS — In mid-April last year, several off-leash dogs were attacked by coyotes that were defending the territory around a den near a popular South Hill bluff trail below High Drive.
Candace Hultberg-Bennett, a local wildlife biologist, will present a short program on what people can do to live safely and peacefully in the same neighborhood with coyotes.
The Friends of the Bluffs have asked her to speak on her studies on how urbanization and the reintroduction of wolves have impacted coyote populations in northeastern Washington.
A public sentiment that emerged from the coyote-dog conflicts last year was the simmering discontent trail users have with people who violate city-county laws by walking, running and even bicycling with their unleashed dogs.
HELP IMPROVE BLUFF TRAILS
The Friends of the Bluff have scheduled another trail work party, 9 a.m.-noon, on April 27.
Meet at the High Drive and Bernard trailhead. Wear suitable work clothes and gloves, bring water to drink.
TRAILS — Local writer Jim Kershner, a household name to long-time readers of The Spokesman-Review, is having a ball watching spring explode along the trails of the South Hill bluff below High Drive.
Last week he found a few bunches of arrowleaf balsamroot blooming a bit ahead of normal.
On Saturday he found the slopes alive (above) with grasswidows — that clearly were having nothing to do with being alone this season.
Coyote advisory: Remember last year, when several dogs were attacked by denning coyotes as they joined their owners for hikes or runs on the South Hill Bluff trails?
The Friends of the Bluffs are sponsoring a free program, “Living with Coyotes,” at 7 p.m., April 17, at St. Stevens Church Parish Hall, 5720 S. Perry.
Meantime, be proactive in your dog's favor: Keep your dog on a leash.
PUBLIC LANDS — The Friends of the Bluff is beginning to develop a comprehensive plan for the popular trails on the south-facing slope of city-owned land on the South Hill.
The group already has set “sustainable trails” as the highest priority.
The public meeting set for Wednesday (March 27), 6:30 p.m., at St Stephens Episcopal Church will consider questions such as:
Info: Diana Roberts, 477-2167
TRAILS– Two notable trail runs are coming up in the Spokane area:
Wild Moose Chase Trail Run, Sept. 29, on 5K, 10K and 25K routes on trails at Mount Spokane State Park.
(No Discovery Pass required; reduced fees for kids.)
Sekani Trail Run, Oct. 13, choose to walk or run on 5K or 10K courses at Camp Sekani, a 125-acre natural park above the Spokane River in Spokane Valley.
WILDLIFE ENCOUNTERS — Runners are gaining ground on wildlife photographers as the most likely people to be mauled by a grizzly bear in the Northern Rockies.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s grizzly bear recovery coordinator says long-distance trail runners are approaching photographers as the backcountry group most likely to be badly hurt in an animal encounter.
Chris Servheen told the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee on Thursday that running in grizzly country at dawn and dusk is risky, but he is not interested in proposing regulations to restrict the sport.
The Missoulian reports that committee members expressed concern about structured races in bear territory, in particular the growing interest in competitive ultra-marathons that send runners 100 miles along mountain trails. Members cited blog posts from several runners who recounted their disorientation and punch-drunk condition as they headed into nightfall.
The committee is composed of federal officials and representatives of Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Washington, Alberta and British Columbia.
ACTIVE OUTDOORS - 2010 will go down as the year Spokane finally got some national recognition as an outdoor town, even though it was a bit naïve and understated.
Generally falling just under the national radar, Spokane was been exposed as one of the nation's top places for outdoor enthusiasts to live in Outside magazine's August issue.
The magazine ranked Boise as the nation's top outdoor town for skiers, paddlers, cyclists and runners.
Spokane was listed as runner-up to Ashland, Ore., for trail-running.
But in reading the text, it's clear that Spokane is second to none in that category. For instance, the editors shortchanged us, saying the 75 miles of trails in Riverside State Park start “just five miles from town.” Huh? The trails start IN town near Albi Stadium and SFCC.
That barely scratches the surface of options ranging from South Hill Bluff trails, Spokane Valley's Beacon Hill - and just ask the local high school cross-country teams about the trails on the north side near the Little Spokane River and elsewhere.