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Announcing The 2017-2018 Grand Prix Series

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The Tab Wizard’s Grand Prix Series 2017-18

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By Betty Dietrich
5/15/17

 

The Silver Strider is pleased to announce the Tab Wizard’s 2017-2018 Grand Prix Series. There are many exciting changes! Remember, You only need to finish eight of these races to be a series finisher and reap the rewards.

The Series will kickoff with the popular and challenging Rhody Run 12k in Port Townsend. The Rhody Run will be celebrating it’s 39th anniversary. Find out why this race is known as “The Run that Cares for the Runner.”

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The Rhody Run will be followed by a new race making its debut in the 2017-2018 Series. The Flight For Sight 5k will be held in Everett on a certified flat and fast course. It’s your chance to make the Top Ten and earn Grand Prix points at the same time.

Another 5k has been added to the new Series schedule. Work up a good appetite as you race the Brunch Run 5k. You will be rewarded with brunch bites from Seattle’s best restaurants and treated to Bloody Marys or mimosas following the race.

For those who are seeking a certified flat and fast 10k in 2017, we have included the Orting Turkey Trot. This 10k course is an out and back along the Carbon River on the Foothills Trail. You don’t have to be a fast runner to appreciate this scenic course.

You have been telling us that you want more half marathons in the Series. To satisfy those of you who are hungry for longer distances, we are excited to announce that 2 more half marathons will premier in the next Grand Prix Series.

The Anacortes Art Dash Half Marathon is a “USATF certified run along the (mostly) flat, beautiful Anacortes waterfront.” This is your chance to enjoy a weekend at the Art Festival. The race will finish at the Port of Anacortes with festivities including the fine art show, Waterfront Pub and music on the Port Stage.

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Anacortes Art Dash Half Marathon

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For those of you who love running at Alki Beach, we are pleased to announce that the Orca Half Marathon will be included in the Series schedule this year. This is a relatively flat, point to point course that runs along the water with spectacular views of the Seattle skyline. “You might even see a pod of Orcas while running.”

Some other changes and additions are worthy of note.

The FSRC Resolution Run 5k will no longer be held on New Year’s Day.  The race will now take place the first Saturday in January.

To earn Grand Prix points you must still run the 6 mile distance at the Road-OdendRun. If you don’t need points and just want to have a good time, why not take the option of running the relay as a 2-person team? Relay runners will receive credit toward their total number of races.

The Tortoise and Hare Handicap Fun Run will be held again in October at Point Ruston with a potluck lunch to follow at the beautiful Highlands Golf Course. It will still be a T-Shirt Bonus race.

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Finally, there will be one more race making its debut in the 2017-2018 Grand Prix Series. Watch for the “Mystery Race” in April of 2018. The location and distance will be announced during the year. Be sure to check the Bulletins page!

For an explanation of how the Grand Prix Series works, click on the 2017-2018 Grand Prix Series Schedule and learn how to earn Grand Prix Series points.

For those of you who have participated in the Series before, welcome back.  We hope you will find the next schedule new and challenging.

For those new to the Series, you are just in time to join in the fun. It’s a great way to keep motivated throughout the year and to make some great friendships.

 

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           THE TAB WIZARD’S
GRAND PRIX SERIES SCHEDULE: 2017 -2018

 

Sunday, May 21st                Rhody Run 12 K      Port Townsend

Saturday, June 3rd                Flight For Sight 5k      Everett *

Sunday, June 11th                    Bear Run 5k       Maple Valley

Tuesday, July 4th               Independence Day 5k      Tacoma

Saturday, July 15th         Kent Cornucopia Days 5k      Kent

Saturday, July 22nd               Float Dodger 5k      West Seattle

Saturday, July 29th           Whale of a Run 4 Mile      Silverdale

Saturday, August 5th        Anacortes Art Dash Half       Anacortes *

Sunday, August 13th              Lake Union 10k      Seattle

Friday, August 18th              Summer Trails 5k      Federal Way

Monday, September 4th   Labor Day Half Marathon      Redmond

Saturday, September 16th     Summer’s End 5k      Covington

Sunday, September 24th      Orca Half Marathon      West Seattle *

Saturday, October 14th         Potluck & Fun Run      Tacoma

Sunday, October 29th             Run Scared 5k      Seattle

Saturday, November 11th   Orting Turkey Trot 10k       Orting *

Thursday, November 23rd   Tacoma Turkey Trot 5k      Tacoma

Saturday, December 9th       Christmas Rush 5k      Kent

Sunday, December 17th           Reindeer Run 5k      Olympia

Saturday, January 6th*      FSRC Resolution Run 5k       Steilacoom

Saturday, January 20th          No Sun Fun Run 5k      Puyallup

Saturday, February 3rd      Geoduck Gallop Half       Olympia

Sunday, February 18th     Road-ODEND RUN 6 Mile      Olympia

Saturday, March 3rd                Foothills Dash 5k      Orting

Saturday, March 17th   St. Paddy’s Day Half Marathon      Tacoma

Saturday, April 7th                  Brunch Run 5k      Seattle *

April  ?                                    Mystery Run      TBA*

Sunday, April 29th               Tacoma City Marathon      Tacoma

* INDICATES NEW RACES IN THE SERIES

** INDICATES CHANGE OF DATE

Be sure and order your Silver Strider Calendar for 2017-18. It’s the easiest way to remember your favorite race dates and entry deadlines. It also makes it easy to map out your running year. To order contact Bruce Fisher at: innovate11@comcast.net

 

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