End of the line, start of something new: First-time Adventure Sport Festival, Iron Horse Relay finish a success for North Bend | Slideshow

“This is great! It’s so nice to have this here!”

Sheri Belau of North Bend said it as she watched her 5-year-old daughter Elia take another lap through the bouncy house Sunday.

So did Nancy Pease, also of North Bend, as she watched one of her charges, Poppy Salter, bouncing wildly on the Monkey Motion ride.

So did Kris Pochaska, also of North Bend, as she finished her ride down the zipline with her daughter Anja, 4.

And so, more or less, did Bernie Creaven, a Seattle woman who was helping support 59-year-old Randy Cerf on his solo run through the five-leg Iron Horse Relay that finished in North Bend Sunday.

“We’re going to do it next year!” Creaven announced, after she and Cerf’s wife Lynn Chapman sent him off for the road bike leg of the race.

Nearly everyone agreed that North Bend’s first-annual Adventure Sport Festival, held in conjunction with the Iron Horse Relay finish line celebration, was a hit.

The festival started at 10 a.m. with yoga in the street, zipline rides and, soon after, Iron Horse contenders running down the Snoqualmie Valley Trail from Rattlesnake Lake, making the transition to one of the final two cycling legs of the race.

North Bend Way was the hub of the race, which routed runners and cyclists around both North Bend and Snoqualmie, then back to North Bend Way for their final sprints to an appreciative audience. It was also the hub of the festival, featuring children’s activities, vendor booths, sidewalk sales, a beer garden, and a full day of outdoor family adventures, capped off by a classic rock concert from “Rockin’ the Blues.”


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