River scenery races by for runners cruising on Mill Pond Road and over the Snoqualmie River bridges during the Railroad Days 5K, 10K and children’s fun run. It’s the surroundings, as well as the speed, that makes the Railroad Days run the premiere fast and flat course in the region.
“It’s hard to find scenic and flat-and-fast in western Washington,” says Sean Sundwall, race organizer. For the fifth year, Snoqualmie’s summer run is a 10K championship run.
For runners in search of their best times, flat courses are the thing. It’s also a good practice run for high school runners to hone their athletic skills. Sundwall, who happens to be an assistant distance coach for Mount Si High School, encourages young runners to take part.
“Running is unique among sports,” says Sundwall. “It’s one of the few thing that’s completely you. There is no team you have to carry. It’s you against the clock. People look at that as an opportunity to challenge themselves.”
The Snoqualmie Railroad Days 5K, 10K and Kids’ 1K runs are Saturday morning, Aug. 17, starting in downtown Snoqualmie. Race time is 8:45 for the children’s 1K, down Railroad Avenue. Older runners will have a 9 a.m. start time, announced by the nearby train whistle. The whistle start is a small detail, but appropriate. It’s becoming a fun tradition that gets a lot of positive feedback.
Registration is in person at American Family Insurance, next to the 76 Station in Snoqualmie, or online at http://www.runsnoqualmie.com. You can also find course maps online. Entry fees are $16 for children, $37 for adults, and include a shirt, while they last.