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Published May 19th, 2014 - 12:08PM
Leon Matz is 63 and climbing. The Puyallup resident bikes more than 12,000 miles each year and helped found a club for people who like pedaling uphill, the Puyallup Cyclopaths. He set a goal of bagging the 100 toughest climbs in the U.S. and after a recent trip to Hawaii, he's down to his final 15. He plans to finish sometime next year.
Published May 19th, 2014 - 10:16AM
Published May 18th, 2014 - 12:05AM
Answers to important questions nobody has asked me yet:
Published May 14th, 2014 - 9:09PM
The Capital City Marathon isn’t easy, but two accomplished Olympia runners say it might be even tougher than most participants realize.
Published May 12th, 2014 - 1:51PM

Organizers of Sunday’s Capital City Marathon are directing spectators to four designated areas along the course for the best chance to get a glimpse of their favorite runners.

SITE 1: Mile 15

Location: Corner of Lemon and Schincke roads.

Watch the runners ascend the hill from Woodard Bay Road. Park on the road.

SITE 2: Mile 18 (5 for the half)

Location: 26th Avenue and Friendly Grove Road.

Park at the Olympia Regional Learning Academy, 2001 26th Ave. N.E. Use caution especially when driving on the race coure.

SITE 3: Mile 21 (7.5)

Location: Corner of San Francisco Avenue and Bethel Street.

You’ll find the San Francisco Street Bakery here so you can slip a cannolo to your favorite runner. Parking is available at nearby Roosevelt Elementary, 1417 San Francisco Ave. N.E.

SITE 4: Mile 22 (9)

Location: Corner of Legion Way and Eastside Street.

Park on the lot on the corner of 8th Avenue and Eastside but race officials say don’t cross Eastside. Here you can watch runners descend the hill on Legion Way.

Source: capitalcitymarathon.org

Published May 11th, 2014 - 12:05AM
Biking with men who are hard-core cyclists hasn’t been Jennevieve Schlemmer’s thing since she took a short ride with one a few years ago. “He was telling me I was shifting wrong and I needed to do things differently,” the Tacoma resident said. “And I was just thinking, ‘I’m not riding with you again. This is not fun.’”
Published May 4th, 2014 - 8:29PM
At the Tacoma City Marathon Sunday, not all the winners crossed the finish line first.
Published May 4th, 2014 - 12:05AM
This is the biggest running day of the year in Washington.
Published May 2nd, 2014 - 1:54PM

The festivities surrounding this weekend’s Tacoma City Marathon started Friday afternoon with a two-day running expo.

Runners in their final stages of preparation for Sunday's race, trickled into the Bicentennial Pavilion at the Hotel Murano on Friday to collect their entry packets and visit booths run by various vendors.

Some expo attendees even ducked out for a quick run. The expo is highlighted by a presentation by running guru Bart Yasso on Saturday at 4:30 p.m.

The marathon start’s Sunday at 7 a.m. at Tacoma Narrows Airport and finishes at the Tacoma Art Museum. The half marathon starts at 8 a.m. and has a new course this year. It also starts at the airport and finishes at the museum. Registration for the races remains open through Saturday. 

Published April 27th, 2014 - 7:40AM
You don't need a reason to go for a bike ride, but for those who want one anyway, there will be plenty during National Bike Month.
Published April 22nd, 2014 - 3:06PM

The Kellen McCauley Fight On 5K is scheduled for May 4 in Olympia to raise support for a local man injured in a intramural softball game earlier this month at Washington State University.

The run is scheduled for 11:05 a.m. at Olympia High’s Ingersoll Stadium and participants are asked to wear crimson and gray, WSU colors. McCauley graduated from Olympia High and is a sophomore at WSU. A minimum donation of $10 is requested.

For more information visit kellenmccauley.myevent.com. Register for the run by making a donation.

Tessa Effland, one of the race organizers, says McCauley’s parents, John and Jennifer McCauley, were packed and read to head to WSU for mom’s weekend on April 10 when they received a call that their son was injured in a softball game. He was his by the ball while walking back to the dugout, Effland said.

“He finished the game seeming fine until heading home with his fraternity brothers,” Effland said via email. “His slurred speech indicated to his friends he needed help. He did.

“He was urgently airlifted to Sacred Heart Hospital in Spokane while his parents drove from Olympia to meet him. A grueling 5.5 hour drive. He needed emergency surgery to relieve the pressure in his brain. They (the parents) were on the phone with the surgeon still driving to Spokane. A parent’s nightmare.”

He was on a vent, feeding tube when he came out of surgery and on April 17 he needed a seond surgery to relieve pressure on his brain. This time surgeons removed a portion of his skull.

Effland says McCauley is still in intensive care but talking more clearly, has regained some movement in his left leg and has some tingling in his right arm.  

“He is in for (the) marathon of his life,” said Effland, who is friends with McCauley family.

Effland says the May 4 run “is a time to get together and raise the hopes of this amazing family while raising funds to cover the astronomical hospital bills that are accruing.”

Published April 22nd, 2014 - 2:03PM

Registration is open for the June 7 U.S. Bank Family Fun Run in Gig Harbor, event officials announced this week.

The run is the kick-off event of the Gig Harbor chamber’s annual Maritime Gig Festival and follows most of the Grand Parade route. Organizers bill the 5-kilometer course as “mostly flat and takes you right along Gig Harbor’s beautiful waterfront.”

The first 150 to register get a shirt. Registration is $10 for individuals and $25 for families of three or more. The fees increase by $5 on the day of the run.

Published April 22nd, 2014 - 12:31PM

Editor’s Note: The News Tribune and Olympian’s guide to the South Sound's Bike Month appears in Sunday’s editions.

It’s almost bike month, the time of year when I’m inspired to ride a little more and book publishers start peddling their bike books.

Here are four offerings that have come my way recently:

“The Bike Deconstructed” by Richard Hallett

Princeton Architectural Press, $29.95

This book is both beautiful in design and loaded with information that will make you much smarter when it comes to understanding that thing between your legs. Hallett dissects the bike and examines the history and importance of just about every part.

“Cycling Sojourner: Washington” by Ellee Thalheimer

Into Action Publications, $18.95

Ellee Thalheimer outlines overnight bike tours in Washington for cyclists of multiple skill and fitness levels. Tours range from two to six days. This is one of two books in a series. Thalheimer’s other book guides sojourners on touring routes of Oregon.

“Rumble Yell” by Brian David Bruns

Brian David Bruns, $14.95

This self-published book hit stores in November and offers a funny look at America’s most coveted recreation ride, RAGBRAI. Bruns’ book is a fitting tribute to the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, which turned 40 last summer. The famous ride sponsored by The Des Moines Register newspaper, covers about 500 miles in a week and lures 15,000 cyclists from around the world.

“Bikenomics: How Bicycling Can Save the Economy” by Elly Blue

Microcosm Publishing, $14.95

Another offering from late 2013, Portland-based bike writer Elly Blue presents a new perspective on the way people get around, transport their families and spend their money.

Published April 21st, 2014 - 8:09PM
Results for Washington state runners at Monday's Boston Marathon:
Published April 21st, 2014 - 7:54PM

Ulrich Steidl, a 42-year-old Seattle resident, finished Monday’s Boston Marathon 23rd overall to pace the 672 participants from Washington.

Steidl covered the 26.2-mile course in 2 hours, 19 minutes, 48 seconds to finish 22nd in the men’s race.

Seattle’s Katie Conlon, 24, was the top female runner from Washington finishing 51st in the women’s race in 2:50:10.

The 118th Boston Marathon field included 113 runners from the South Sound. Here’s how the top five men and women faired:


NAME                     AGE       RESIDENCE            OVERALL    GENDER          TIME

Bob Brennand             52        Olympia          1,158               1,099               2:52:18

Phil Rock                    34        Enumclaw       1,224               1,158               2:52:53

Shane Drew                28        Orting              1,486               1,380               2:54:59

Lonnie Hetzler            40        Olympia          1,654               1,562               2:56:13

Creighton Nash           29        Tacoma            1,702               1,608               2:56:34

Matthew Duthie          32        Univ. Place      1,940               1,834               2:57:58

Jason Pidgeon             33        Yelm               2,389               2,257               3:00:08

Daryl Montgomery     54        Bonney Lake   3,280               3,056               3:05:21

Justin Adams              36        Lake Tapps      4,151               3,794               3:10:03

Mickey Allen              58        Tacoma            4,177               3,814               3:10:10


NAME                         AGE   RESIDENCE       OVERALL    GENDER           TIME

Jennifer Ford               34        Shelton            5,702               710                  3:17:02

Kate Macinnes            29        Olympia          6,147               835                  3:18:50

Jennie Lange               42        Dupont            6,483               936                  3:20:02

Krista Davis                34        Gig Harbor      7,537               1,328               3:24:09

Tiffany Schweppe       36        Montesano      7,845               1,447               3:25:10

Amanda Hoskins        39        Puyallup          8,071               1,551               3:25:23

Heidi Kriss                  39        Lake Tapps      8,826               1,881               3:28:27

Katy Johansson           39        Olympia          9,800               2,323               3:31:35

Deidre Tarkeny           42        Lake Tapps      10,521             2,685               3:33:57

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