Reset your pace. Walk, run, ride or race.
Aiming for a more fit lifestyle in 2020? There’s nothing more motivational than the goal of a race. Lace up your running shoes or pump up your tires, throw on your gear, grab your earbuds and hit the trail to wellness and a healthy lifestyle.
Training can be challenging, but if you set an easy goal at first and gradually work into it, you’re on the way to living a balanced, wellness-based life. And, oh, by the way, you’ll be in shape for one of the upcoming races or tours on the Olympic Peninsula!
First up is the Run the Peninsula Race Series. There are five race legs throughout the year with the first on February 1 at the Lower Elwha Bridge in Port Angeles. Additional races are April 25 at the Railroad Bridge in Sequim, the North Olympic Discovery Marathon on June 7 (video below), the Larry Scott Trail on October 17 in Port Townsend and the Jamestown S’Klallam on December 5. Run one, or all, and collect cool medals! Run the Peninsula also offers a virtual series for runners to participate anytime and anywhere.
Grab your best road and trail running buddies and spend “leap” day at the Frosty Moss Relay on February 29 in Port Angles. The Full Moss is 80 miles and new this year is the Mini Moss at 30 miles.
Challenge your mountain bike racing skills and snag more bragging rights on technically demanding downhill trails at the NW Cup MTB Series in Port Angeles this spring. Round #1 is April 10-12 and Round #2 is May 1-3.
Run or walk the new Salt Creek 24 on March 21 at the scenic Salt Creek Recreation Area west of Port Angeles. Runners and walkers circle the park for up to 24 hours reveling in expansive views by day and discovering nature’s nocturnal life by night.
Check out the OAT Run 12K and Half Marathon on April 8 in Port Angeles. Run along the Olympic Adventure Trail traversing Kelly Ridge between Olympic National Park and the Strait of Juan de Fuca with 25 miles of unrivaled beauty.
Celebrating 42 years, the Rhody Run is May 17, a run/walk starting and finishing at beautiful Fort Worden State Park.
New this year is the Quilcene Gravel Unravel Race on June 27, an endurance bike event on the gravel roads in Olympic National Forest.
Whether racing or going at your own pace, get outside for some “nature therapy” this year. In addition to the races mentioned above, there are miles of wilderness trails and beaches to roam in Olympic National Park and Olympic National Forest, or check out the Olympic Discovery Trail (video below). The Olympic Peninsula is the perfect place to get your wellness on.