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A Competitive Edge: Rolfing for Athletes

I work with recreational, competitive, and professional athletes to further their performance, aide in injury recovery and help reduce the wear and tear of training. This approach varies from individual sessions to approaches that span a competitive season. Many clients use Rolfing to manage acute and chronic pain associated with past injuries. These approaches may not require the completion of …

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Rim to Rim: On the Run in the Grand Canyon

Much ado has been made about barefoot running since McDougal’s book “Born to Run” was published in 2009. However, little note has been taken of the case that the author makes that we were born to run or more specifically, that our species advanced through evolution by virtue of our ability to run long distances. Perhaps if he had been …

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Lessons from the Back of the Pack on Every Continent

Story by Cami Ostman Photos by Bill Pech One morning back in February of 2002, I suited up in some old cotton sweats, parked my car beside the Green Lake trail, watched for a few minutes as Seattle’s walkers and roller bladers zoomed by me, then inhaled deeply and started jogging. I wasn’t a total stranger to running, but I …

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The Unselfish Selfish Runner: A Deeper Purpose

Story by Ilana Balint Running by its very definition is a selfish pursuit. People run to stay in shape, to stay sane, to lose weight, to be able to consume mass quantities of calories, for the medals and t-shirts, for the endorphins, or for a myriad of other self-centered reasons. More often than not a runner runs by him or …

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Galiano Island: From Island Paradise to Trail Paradise

Story and photos by Craig Romano Named not for the Italian liqueur Galliano, but after the Spanish explorer Dionisio Alcalá Galiano, who explored this area in 1792; Galiano Island is never-the-less a very sweet place – especially for hiking. Galiano is one of British Columbia’s Gulf Islands, an archipelago which includes Washington’s San Juan Islands, located in the Strait of …

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Northwest Passage: The Wild & Wooly Ragnar Relay

By Sarah Schumacher & Tamaria Sanderson. Photos by Jerry Foreman. If you’re looking for a running event that provides an once-in-a-lifetime experience as well as a challenge for your body, look no further than the Ragnar Relay Northwest Passage. Ragnar, as it’s fondly known, is a 190-mile relay race through some of the most beautiful scenery the Pacific Northwest has …

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Mountain Runners: The Story of the Mt. Baker Marathon

The year was 1911 and Bellingham was a sleepy town on the northern reaches of the Salish Sea. Aside from the logging industry and the salmon canneries, not much was going on. The Mount Baker Club, a business group at the time, wanted something to draw attention to their corner of northwest Washington. Inspired by Mount Rainier National Park, which had been created in 1899 and had become an instant tourist attraction, club members resolved that if Rainier could draw a steady stream of gawking (and well-moneyed) tourists from back east, then surely nearby Mount Baker could too.

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