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Michael Franti to headline Aug. 9 kick-off party for Fred Hutchinson’s Cancer Research Center’s Obliteride

I recently rode a portion of the Obliteride course with event manager Mark Grantor. At one point he said there was going to be some “pretty cool” music at the kick-off party, “but I can’t say who yet.”

Turns out, it’s actually really cool. Michael Franti will headline the party.

Here’s the announcement released moments ago by Obliteride:

Michael Franti & Spearhead will pump up the crowd with energetic and fun music at Obliteride’s kick-off party at Gas Works Park on Friday, Aug. 9, 2013. All riders registered to participate in this fundraiser for Fred Hutchinson

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Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic is a rite of passage for thousands

This weekend I had the honor to ride the Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic with my wife, Kristen. We bought her a bike when she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2008 to give her something to look forward to and a vehicle for doing something impressive post cancer.

Surgery, 20 nights in the hospital while undergoing chemo and it seems she’s kicked cancer’s butt. She’ll be five years cancer free in November. However, the bike we bought her hung in the garage for years unused until we took a short ride last summer. She decided she liked riding and

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World record skinny dip attempt scheduled for July 13 at Lake Bronson

Neither Jeff nor I have enough freedom in our schedule or our inhibitions to attend this event.  So, like the participants, the world record skinny dip will go uncovered.

But if you want to be a part of history, here’s what you need to know:

When: 1 p.m., July 13.

Where: Lake Bronson Club, mile 5.25 on Sultan Basin Road. Also Fraternity Snoqualmie Family Nudist Park, 24050 Southeast 127th Street, Issaquah.

More info: 360-793-0286

The event is Co-sponsored by the American Association for Nude Recreation and The Naturist Society.

Here’s the press release from Lake Bronson Family Nudist Club:


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The Wonderland Trail: A 93-mile backpacker’s dream

Each year 820 people attempt to hike the Wonderland Trail, the rigorous 93-mile path around Mount Rainier. Last September I hiked the trail with colleagues Matt Misterek and Drew Perine and Graham firefighter Thad Richardson.

Since March we’ve published a series of articles explaining the trails history as well as how to pack and train for this classic hike. On Sunday the 15-story series ends with our tale from the trail.

Here’s a sneak peak courtesy of videographer Joe Barrentine:


South Sound Running to open new store in Puyallup by July 1

South Sound Running plans to open a new store in downtown Puyallup by July 1, owner Greg Klein said.

The store, located at 115 South Meridian, will be Puyallup’s only running specialty store.

Klein says the store is undergoing final renovations before opening its doors to the public. He says the store is similar in layout to the Tacoma store. South Sound Running also has a store in Olympia.

The store will be managed by Rick Bogatay, an Emerald Ridge High School graduate and 2011 Sound to Narrows champ.

The store is already sponsoring Puyallup races, including the June 22

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Cool team names a highlight of the annual 51-mile Rainier to Ruston Rail-Trail Relay race

Blisterin’ Fast, a hastily compiled relay team I ran with today, finished the 51-mile Rainier to Ruston Rail-Trail Relay at about 3:03 p.m. We started at 7 a.m.

I just filed my column for tomorrow’s News Tribune and Olympian and sadly wasn’t able to include comments from several runners I met along the course. One was a team of five women and one man who, at first look, I thought forgot to wear pants. However, what I actually saw from team Rears in Gear was prosthetic butts sewn onto what appeared to be boxer shorts.

Five of the six runners

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Olympia, Tacoma honored among nation’s most bicycle friendly communities.

The League of American Bicyclists announced its rankings of bicycle friendly communities today and nothing has really changed in the South Sound.

Communities who earn rankings are given a designations of platinum (highest), gold, silver, bronze or honorable mention.

Olympia remains at the silver level, behind only Seattle’s gold ranking in Washington. Bellingham, Port Townsend and Redmond also earned silver rankings.

Tacoma remains at the bronze level with Bainbridge Island, Snohomish, Spokane and Vancouver.

Anacortes rounded out the Washington communities on the list with an honorable mention.

On May 1 the league announced Washington as the nation’s

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