City of Lakes Half-Marathon Records Renewed Records

As close as anyone got to Dan Greeno, overall winner of the 2014 City of Lakes Half-Marathon

“I was floored there were six state records set,” exclaimed race director Heidi Keller Miler after the inaugural half-marathon from this 32-year-old-classic. “City of Lakes (COL) doesn’t tend to be a fast course plus half-marathons are a fairly common … Continue reading

Into the Darkness: Revitalizing Read Realizes Runner’s Revenge

Chukuske Running into Daylight at the Afton 50km, Afton, Minn, flashing his tattoos. The ink represents he told me different periods of his life including personality and interests. Sometime ask him to explain their meaning; at least three are running related.

“Never . . . Again . . . Ever . . . ” These three words endurance athletes express time and again after a failure. Author Ryan M. Chukuske relates in his book Into the Darkness such despair may serve … Continue reading

Cocoon to the Moon: Stargazer Backpack Launched by Outdoor Products

In July 2014, Dr. Ellen Marmur and a team launched a climb up Africa's Mt. Kilimanjaro to raise awareness of the American Academy of Dermatology's SPOT Skin Cancer initiative. With Starglazer backpacks providing their trail support for this expedition, the climb worked a six-day climb to the mountain's 19,341 peak, the highest free-standing summit in the world. Talk about "Go Tell it on the Mountain;" this is it! You can participate; learn how at the end of this article. You will be telling "Skin Cancer, Take a Hike!"™

“I’m a little man, I’m a little man, he’s . . . he’s a great man. I should have been a pair of ragged claws scuttling across floors of silent seas.” From one of the greatest movies on life, “… Continue reading

The San Juan Island Alpaca Ranches


Krystal Acres Alpaca Farm

Set among huge oak trees and sprawling pasture, the Krystal Acres alpaca farm claims the largest herd in the San Juan Islands. Owned by Kris and Albert Olson, their 80-acre spread, near Friday Harbor, is home … Continue reading

Summer on San Juan Island, the Pelindaba Lavender Farm

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Stroll through any field of lavender and one thing is certain: the lavender’s scent will conjure up all kinds of personal memories. Such is the way of this amazingly versatile plant. But its unique scent is only one of many … Continue reading

ISSF World Snowshoe Championships + Québec Winter Carnival: Magnifique!

Send this prepaid postcard back home with a note: "Having great time; don't interrupt us!"

The excitingly festive January 31, 2015 International Snowshoe Federation World Snowshoe Championships are nearer than you imagine; think of this . . . Christmas is only 136 days away.

[photo courtesy Carnaval de Quebec]

The ISSF World Snowshoe Championships visits … Continue reading

Summer Excursions Around Eastern Washington State


Eastern Washington State offers countless world-class wineries, stunning canyons, lakes and dams in place of its western neighbour’s evergreen forests and rugged mountains. Twice the size of its western half, it has just a third of the population.

Eastern Washington … Continue reading

New Jeff Winter City of Lakes Half: A Twin Cities Marathon Herald

Suzie Fox setting a go-GU pace

A race with 32 years of history hardly seems new, but 2014’s City of Lakes—the 33rd edition—qualifies fresh-as-a-daisy with its new half-marathon (USATF certified) distance and new name. Notably, the race is honored as the Minnesota Half Marathon Championships. … Continue reading