The February 13th, USA Cross Country Championships at Plantes Ferry Sports Stadium will welcome Olympic runners Shalane Flanagan, Max King and Billy Nelson to compete among 600 of nation’s top runners competing for their slot on the USA National Team which will compete against the world at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Poland.
Shalane Flanagan earned the bronze medal in the 2008 Beijing Olympics in the 10,000m. She is currently the American record holder for the outdoor 5,000m and 10,000m, and the indoor 3,000m and 5,000m.
Originally from Bend, Oregon, Max King was a runner up in the steeplechase for the 2008 Olympics. At the 2009 USA Cross Country Championships Max finished 9th, and earned his slot on the World Championship Cross Country team for the third time (06’, 08’, 09’).
Billy Nelson was a runner-up for the US Olympic team in 2008 in the 3,000m steeplechase, finishing 9th in the 2008 Olympic Games opening rounds with a time of 8:36.66.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Thursday, Feb. 11th
Nike Athletes Symposium | Lewis & Clark H.S. Auditorium | 7:00 PM | Open to Public
Friday, Feb. 12th
Gold Medal Olympian Billy Mills speaks | Mirabeau Park Hotel | 7:00 PM | Open to the Public
Saturday, Feb. 13th
Erik Anderson Memorial 4K Community Run | Plantes Ferry Sports Stadium | 9:00 AM – Registration at www.spokanesports.org | Open to Public
USA Cross Country Championships | Plantes Ferry Sports Stadium | 9: 45 AM – Races Start | No Fee
For more information on events please contact the Spokane Regional Sports Commission at 509.456.5812 or at www.spokanesports.org.
The USA Cross Country Championships are in Spokane Valley this year — on February 13th at Plantes Ferry.Top runners from across the nation, competing for the opportunity to represent Team USA at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships. Over 600 elite, masters and junior competitors are expected, including past USA Olympic team members.
Before the race, the Spokane Regional Sports Commission is hosting the Erik Anderson 4k Community Run. The race is open to runners of all ages and proceeds will benefit the Erik Anderson Memorial Fund.
For information on the USATF Cross Country Championships, visit usatf.org.
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Tomorrow is Transportation Advocacy Day in Olympia — a great day to get up to speed on bike/ped related legislature and write to your state rep.
Tons of Washingtonians are heading to Olympia to learn about the issues, meet with legislators and network with other advocates. Two hearings are scheduled for tomorrow on biking-related bills. Here’s the breakdown from Bike to Work Spokane, including what’s being talked about tomorrow in Olympia and more. (more…)
A four-course dinner at Ferrante’s Marketplace Café sounds plenty romantic for a Valentine’s Day treat, right? Right.
Even better: that romantic meal, benefitting animals in need of homes. Ferrante’s and Prairie Dog Pet Mercantile are hosting just such an event to support SpokAnimal – which is awesome for you, because it means your quest for the perfect February 14th date idea is over.
“Share The Love” tickets are $47.50 and seating is limited. Reserved seatings at 4 pm, 6 pm, and 8 pm.
Call Ferrante’s Marketplace Café for your reservations at 443.6304.
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Need some motivation to get back into shape? Team in Training might be just what you need. The Spokane Summer Team is forming now for the Rock ‘N’ Roll Seattle, Rock ‘N’ Roll San Diego full and half marathons. Join them Tuesday, January 26th, at REI to learn more about the program.
For information, call 750-6318 or visit rei.com/spokane.
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The FBC is having its first Full Moon Fiasco for the year on January 30th. If you’re unfamiliar with the routine, here it is from the horse’s mouth: “It may be a new year but we are doing things the same way. Meet at The Swamp at 8 pm on Saturday, January 30th and try to bring a dollar for a spoke card donation. We’ll take a short ride and go listen to loud music for the low, low price of Free Fifty-Free. Sound like a plan?”
For information, check out the FBC Spokane blog at fbc.blogspot.com. (Potty-mouth warning: FBC does not stand for “Friendly Bike Club.”)
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Early bird registration for Bloomsday is open at bloomsdayrun.org.
Here’s the skinny on the Bloomsday Race this year:
||Sunday, May 2, 2010
||9:00 a.m.: Elite, Corporate Cup & Brown
9:05-9:15 (approx.): Yellow & Green
9:15-9:45 (approx.): Orange & Blue
9:45-10:05 (approx.): Lilac
10:10 (approx.): Red
||12K (7.46 miles)
||$15 plus $1.49 online processing fee through April 18th.$30 plus $2.99 online processing fee April 19-25.
Those who sign up by February 14th will automatically be entered to win a trip for two to the St. Patrick’s Day Dash on March 14, 2010. The winner will receive round-trip airfare for two from Spokane to Seattle, two nights (double occupancy) at the Hampton Inn at the Seattle Center, and free entry into the run.
For more information, visit bloomsdayrun.org.
The City of Spokane Valley has announced that it’s in the process of developing a Bike and Pedestrian Master Plan.
City staff is working to develop a public outreach program to ensure that the plans represents the needs and desires of citizens. If you live in Spokane Valley and would like to participate in plan, please contact Mary Swank at 720-5325 or at email@example.com.
For more information, visit spokanevalley.org.
There’s an entire ecosystem inside the Saranac Gallery right now. An ecosystem.
It’s not a strange trip we’re on; it’s an exhibit called “Chicken Sh@#: Exploring Urban Ecosystems.”
From artist Rimas K. Simaitis’s website: “Chicken Sh@# will feature the day-to-day lives of four chickens, decomposing piles of garbage, and a self-contained bionic hydroponic growing system designed to cultivate grass within one’s own chest. Interactive elements will encourage visitors to sow their own seeds, and propose alternative uses for hubcaps. The exhibition provides a critical examination of the urban ecosystem, ultimately exploring DIY culture, waste, and alternative means of food production.”
The exhibit runs through January 30th, but this week includes a cool related event:
Tuesday, January 19th: Big River – film and Q&A with filmmaker Curt Ellis.
11:30 am & 7:30 pm at the Lair Auditorium at Spokane Community College. Documentary film (30 min) about environmental impact of conventional farming in Iowa, followed by interactive Q&A with filmmaker Curt Ellis. More about te movie at www.bigriverfilm.com. Info: 509-533-8048. http://www.scc.spokane.edu/?hfchevents.
Between the 11:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. showings of Big River at SCC’s Lair Auditorium, Ellis will visit to the Saranac Art Project, where Gabriel Brown’s fantastic show entitled “Chicken Sh@# – Exploring Urban Ecosystems” is currently on display. Curt will speak from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. around the large very urban chicken coop installation. A tour of the co-op will be available after Curt’s presentation.
Free and open to the public.
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Cheesy name, cool program: Mountain Divas is a 4-week series of ski coaching sessions for intermediate to expert female skiers, led by the mountain’s top female instructors.
The three-hour sessions are on Tuesday mornings, Jan 19 – Feb 9 and March 2 – 23. Cost is $135 for all four weeks or $45 per day. Reservations are recommended.
Call 1-877-ITS-IN-ID or visit schweitzer.com for more information.