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Liberty Lake Trail Run (April 29)

This is a fun little 8-mile run if you and your quads are locked in a death-feud. The starting line is at a pastoral grassy spot near the shore at Liberty Lake Regional Park. Apparently this location was chosen, I ...

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Spokane River Run (April 23)

2017 marks my fifth year running the Spokane River Run. We are blessed with unpredictable winters here in the Inland Northwest, and I have been using this event as training motivation for the last five years. The Spokane River Run ...

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Inland NW Race, Ride & Event Guide

The Inland Northwest has no shortage of amazing races, rides and outdoor events for runners, walkers, road and mountain bikers, and triathletes. Many support deserving causes and all offer fun, unique experiences that motivate us to be more active and ...

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Wild Moose Chase Trail Run (September 24)

The fall morning chill comes a little earlier in the year when you’re at 4,500 feet elevation, which is where the Wild Moose Chase Trail Run is staged at the Selkirk Lodge on Mount Spokane. The event uses fun, challenging ...

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Sandpoint Scenic Half Marathon (September 18)

My first non-motorized experience with the famous Sandpoint “Long Bridge” didn’t involve crossing the bridge at all but rather swimming alongside it during the annual Long Bridge Swim. During the event, I periodically looked up to see my husband wave ...

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West Plains WunderWoman Triathlon (August 7)

Looking for a team-building activity for my female colleagues several years ago, I suggested that we form three-person relay teams to compete in the annual WunderWoman Triathlon. Twenty-four ladies signed up, and it was the first triathlon for nearly all ...

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Rathdrum Adventure Race: Alternative Triathlon

The Rathdrum Adventure Race helps you answer the call to adventure in an alternative way with its alternative triathlon featuring bicycling/mountain biking, kayaking on the Twin Lakes, and a forest run. The triathlon, which takes place on September 10, in Rathdrum, Idaho, helps ...

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Coeur d’Alene Triathlon and Duathlon (August 13)

Decades before Ironman pulled into town, Coeur d’Alene started hosting an annual Olympic-distance triathlon called The Scenic Challenge. The event remains notorious for its hilly bike course that some might call punishing while others might call glorious. In recent years, ...

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Valley Girl Triathlon: July 10

Newbie female triathletes are in good hands at an event organized by Emde Sports. Every summer, Co-founder Marla Emde directs two women-only sprint-distance triathlons: Valley Girl Triathlon at Liberty Lake in July, and WunderWoman Triathlon at Medical Lake in August. ...

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Bare Buns Fun Run: July 31

“I’m thinking of doing the Bare Buns Fun Run this year; who’s with me?” The first time I uttered that sentence was after a group run, when the table was on its second round and the event in question was ...

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