Wednesday, July 4, 2012


The Great Sedro-Woolley Footrace is a Fourth of July tradition in Skagit County.  I just call it Loggerodeo, after the name of the small town festival that Sedro-Woolley puts on every year.  The week long Loggerodeo festival is known for its chain saw art carving contests, dancing in the street, the footrace, a rodeo, and a Fourth of July parade.

The race itself has a 5.17 mile option and a 2 mile option.  It’s all road, basically flat, and fast.  The two mile option stays in town, running by stores, craftsman homes, and through tree lined streets.  The 5.17 route goes further, out by horse and farm fields, briefly along the Skagit River, past a carnival, and then finishes in town on the parade route, with people watching and cheering from chairs on both sides of the street for almost a mile.  It makes for a fun way to start the Fourth.

Today’s weather was great.  Near spectacular really.  So thankful for the weather we have here in the Northwest, after talking with my family back east and in Colorado.  I’m running mostly on memory these days, huffing and puffing my way down the street, but I’ll keep it up with the baby steps approach.  Glad to get back to this wonderful event.  Been too long.

And, GREAT to see Skagit Runners volunteering, as they always do—people like Kevin, Stan, Delores, Katie, Brock and others.  Great also to hang out after the race with Craig, Heather, Ruth and Dean. 

Happy Fourth of July, all!

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