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My friend Ed and I had been
training for a marathon, in May.
We did our training runs faithfully,
starting in January until we were
averaging 50 miles a week.
We ran the Vancouver B. C. Marathon, in
May 1990. It took it's toll as when we
went shopping with our wife's the next
day, we had to back down the stairs, as
our quads, were hurting.
A few days later, Ed said, "We should run
the Goodwill Games" an International
competition. My response was, " Your
crazy". Ed explained that the marathon
was open to all runners, even "slugs" like
We decided that would be cool as
we would receive a Commemorative T shirt
and a Medal, if we finished.
We had many more training runs and finally,
in July, it was race day.
We started at the UW Stadium, ran up
through the Arboretum, along Leschi to
Seward Park. We looped the Park and then
up the hill and down to 1st Ave S., turned right
and ran out to Ballard; left to the Locks,
another loop, then East on the Burke-Gillman
Trail. It was very hot and many of the "water stations"
didn't have any water. Finally, as we struggled to keep
a pace, we heard the crowd at the Stadium's
South Parking lot. As we approached we could see
hoses spraying water into the air.
Crossing the finish line, we headed for the spray, clutching
are shirts and medals.
Great experience and many memories, as we can
say we competed in the 1990 Goodwill Games Marathon.

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Zootopia in the Park! (Stanwood, WA)

Posted by Kudos Community (264) Posted on 07/11/2019 at 07:09AM Community Event Food Neighborhood Other Weather See more by Kudos Community (264)


Bring the kids down to Church Creek Park to watch Zootopia on the big screen!

Movie starts at dusk! Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and snacks and enjoy a fun time! 

Address:  272nd St NW, Stanwood, WA 98292
Phone: 360-629-0562

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National Night Out! (Stanwood, WA)

Posted by Kudos Community (264) Posted on 07/11/2019 at 07:02AM Art Community Event Food Lifestyle Music Neighborhood Other See more by Kudos Community (264)

Join your neighbors to celebrate the 36th annual National Night Out, a community partnership with law enforcement to raise awareness about crime in our neighborhood. The Stanwood Police Department wants you to participate along with over 16,000 other communities!

National Night Out is a community-building event that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, and better places to live.

When: Tuesday, August 6th, 2019 from 6:00-8:00 pm.

The Sheriff’s Office K9 unit, Search and Rescue, helicopter and volunteers will join deputies from the Stanwood Police Department. There will also be a bouncy house, live music, free food, face painting and much more!

Address: Old Thrifty Foods parking lot - 27225 90th Ave. NW, Stanwood, WA 98292

Phone: 360-629-0562

I'm alone. Eighteen years young.
Standing in water, up to my knees.
The rippling sound of water over stone
Is relaxing me. I am surrounded by trees.
I let my barbed hook go downstream
As I watch the Sun, slowly appease
The darkened shadows of this mountain creek,
For it is opening day; ice cold and has tweaked
My nose and my young cheek.
A little tug on my fishing line,
Set the hook and it will be fine.
If my luck holds I will limit by Nine.

Drop by the downtown Stanwood Guilded Gallery during the Summer Festival for great deals and specials on Fine Art, meet the artists and see Art demos by Val Paul Taylor, Bill Koger, LeElla Day and Teresa Alu

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Skookum Obstacle Course! (Arlington, WA)

Posted by Kudos Community (264) Posted on 07/10/2019 at 07:41AM Community Event Food Neighborhood Other Sports See more by Kudos Community (264)

Come compete at an awesome obstacle course presented by Skookum Brewery! The competition will be held at Jim Creek.

Competitors will lift, crawl, flip, pull, and swing their way through 15+ obstacles on a 4-mile trail run. If you've ever been interested in doing a Spartan Race, the Skookum Obstacle Run will be a challenging and comparable introduction. 

Participants will start at different time intervals so that the course doesn't get overcrowded in areas. Run is open to all those with base access and their guests!

 Food and drink will be available for purchase.

When: Saturday, July 13th, 2019 from 9:00 am - 2:00 pm!

Phone: 877-628-9233

Address: 21027 Jim Creek Rd, Arlington, WA 98223

Your middle school aged child is welcome to join Stilly Valley Youth Dynamics for the adventure of the summer as they backpack Mt. Adams and raft the Clackamas River!

This trip is open to all middle schoolers that will be entering 7th and 8th grade. 

Cost is $380 per child. Scholarships and payment plans are available!

When: Sunday, July 21st through Saturday, July 27th, 2019!

Phone: 360-435-0170