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Skateboarders come to Arlington for Sk8 Festival

 

August 8, 2018 | View PDF

Andrew Hines

Longboarders race down the Centennial Trail during last year's Centennial Sk8 Festival's 8.5 mile sunset race on Sept. 23, 2017.

One of the largest longboard/skateboard races will kick off as the sixth annual Centennial Sk8 Festival returns to Arlington on Aug. 18-19.

Over the two days a total of four races are scheduled including an 8.5 mile uphill/downhill race, 5K sprint, 14.5 mile countryside race and a free one-mile kids' race. Each race has an individual price ranging from $15-$40, but a pass for all three races can be purchased for $40 (below 13 years old and over 60) or $55 for general racers.

The 8.5-mile uphill/downhill will be held on Saturday, Aug. 18, at 5 p.m. and will be the only race held on the first day. The race is uphill for 4.25 miles with an elevation of 824 feet and then concludes with the second half all downhill back to the starting line.

The other two competitive races and the free kids' race will all be held on Sunday, Aug. 19, starting at 9:30 a.m. with the 5K sprint, which is mostly downhill. After the sprint, the kids' race splits up the competition at noon. Finally, at 1 p.m., the 14.5-mile countryside race will begin and include a trail that leads over the Stillaguamish River and through the scenic farmland.

"Every rider that comes here can count on a well-organized and well-run event. With everyone coming from so far away, we want to make sure that they have the best experience possible. It's more than just a race, it's a 'skate family' that is able to come together and have a lot of fun while doing the thing they love," said Event Coordinator Angela Kuhn.

The festival provides a great opportunity to connect with racers from all over the country and even some international competitors. People come from all over to race on the incredibly scenic and well-maintained trails in Western Washington. Aside from the competition, there will also be a family-friendly festival on Aug. 19 that will include local vendors, music, food lawn games and a Kombucha Garden.

"We just want to get people to come out, try it and learn that skating is not limited by age or gender. Right now our goal is to reach out to a new demographic in middle-aged women because we've seen that group grow in other parts of the world. It's important for everyone to try something new and this is something where there are no restrictions," said Kuhn.

If you want to know more about the Centennial Sk8 Festival you can find all information at http://www.centennialsk8fest.com or email info@centennialsk8fest.com.

 

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