By Polly Keary, Editor
Days are still chilly, but summer isn’t far off, and that means summer races.
Now is a perfect time to start picking triathlons, mud races, 5Ks, trail runs and half marathons for which to train.
Nothing is more motivating than paying the entry fee for a race and marking the day on the calendar. The commitment to a one-hour event three months off can inspire a whole summer of concerted fitness training.
Here are a few local events to which to aspire, and for which to get in shape. And don’t worry; you don’t have to be in amazing shape to do most of them. Many people enter only to finish, not to place.
June 1 and 2
Duvall Half Marathon, 10k and 5K
Saturday, June 1 marks the first-ever Duvall half-marathon, planned in honor of the town centennial this year. Make it to the finish line of this 13-mile race and you get a well-earned a piece of the town birthday cake.
You can still register for the event; the entry fee is $60.
The course is an out-and-back route starting at Depot Park and continuing 6.5 miles along the Snoqualmie Valley Trail.
The course is graveled and flat with lots of shade; an excellent course for beginners and a fun one for more experienced runners.
Sunday, June 2, do a second, shorter run and get a discount if you are really ambitious. If you aren’t quite so athletically inclined, just enter either the 10K or 5K race that day. Even the young ones can get in on the fun; there will be a kids’ race fallowing the 10K and 5K races Sunday.
To learn more, visit: www.runduvall.org.
Survivor Mud Run, Carnation
Mud runs and other races requiring one to get incredibly filthy to win are becoming increasingly popular nationwide.
The mud run tests your ability to run, jump, crawl, climb and otherwise power through a sloppy, muddy obstacle course on Remlinger Farms in Carnation.
Costumes are encouraged, and people 21 and older get a free beer at the finish line. Everyone gets snacks, as well.
There are categories for teens through 70+.
Entry will cost you $68 after Thursday, so register now.
To learn more, see http://www.survivormudrun.com.
This sprint-length triathlon takes place on a course used by USA Triathlon national competitors for its ease of use, flat surfaces, gentle water and level trail.
This race is the only draft-legal age-group (open to all) race on the West Coast, which means it’s within the rules to ride close to other bicyclists to take advantage of reduced air resistance.
There are three events in the triathlon; a 375-meter swim in Lake Tye, a 20K bike race up and down Fryelands Boulevard, and a 5K run around Lake Tye.
No more than 200 people can sign up, so register early.
Before June 7, the cost is $75 to register.
Run for the Pies 5K, Carnation
This is part of Carnation’s large annual July 4 celebration. The 5K (3.1-mile) course will take you through the streets of Carnation and onto the Snoqualmie Trail, through a new trail system in Tolt-MacDonald Park and back down Tolt Avenue. The course is nice and flat.
Run with dogs, strollers, grandparents, and have fun.
Entry is $25.
Learn more at http://www.carnation4th.org/5k.htm.
Lake Tye Triathlon, Monroe
This race offers three options; a sprint triathlon with a 1/4 mile swim in Lake Tye, and 14-mile bike ride and a 3.1 mile run, or an Olympic distance race with a 1,500-meter swim, a 28-mile ride and a 6.2 mile run.
There is also a youth triathlon for athletes aged 6-15.
Included in the race is a full pancake breakfast, a goodie bag, and medal and t-shirt. The sprint race is $75 before July 27, the Olympic race is $85. Relay teams are welcome, too; teams are $95-$115, depending on size. For more information, go to http://www.laketyetri.com.
Monroe 12K for K12
This first-ever race, a project of the Sultan-Monroe Masonic Lodge, will raise money for scholarships for kids in Sultan and Monroe, as well as bikes for the Sno-Isle Libraries’ Bikes for Books literacy program. You can pick from a 6K or 12K race. Race routes run along the Skykomish River through Al Borlin Park and historic Monroe.
All participants get a t-shirt and a finisher’s medal.
The entry fee is $30 for the 6K and $40 for the 12K.
To learn more, visit www.12k4k12.org.
Snohomish Heroes Mud Run
This grueling mud run includes 15 obstacles in five kilometers of farmland just outside of Snohomish. The race website assures that anyone in reasonable health can complete and enjoy the course. Costumes are encouraged, and there will be prizes for the best costumes.
There is a post-race party with food and beverage vendors, education displays, a DJ, contests and a beer and wine garden.
The event benefits emergency workers, and just to show their thanks, a fire truck will be on hand to hose muddy contestants down after the race.
Scared to try it all by yourself? Take a team. There will be prizes for all teams of three or more.
There is a mud-free kids’ course, as well (and a muddy one, too).
The race is $39; kids are $10.
For more information, see http://heroesmudrun.com/.
The Snohomish River Run Half Marathon and 10K
These races start out at Rotary Park on the Lowell-Snohomish River Road and will end in downtown Snohomish.
There will be a lot of nutrition support on the course, and hot soup afterwards, as well as other food and refreshments.
The run benefits IronHeart Racing, a locally-based international group of runners and athletes who have or support those with heart defects. Other beneficiaries include the YMCA and Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
Register before June 30 to pay $60 for the half marathon or $40 for the 10K.