Waves For Water Cyclo-cross Collaboration joins Pro CX calendar

(Nov. 6, 2014) – In the wake of the cancellation of the Deschutes Brewery Cup, a UCI-backed Pro CX event that was to be held Dec. 6-7 in Bend, Ore., Low Pressure Promotions and Waves For Water have joined to host the Waves For Water Cyclo-cross Collaboration, a two-day UCI-sanctioned Pro CX event held in Tacoma and Lakewood, Wash., Dec. 6-7.

“When we heard the news of the Deschutes Brewery Cup cancellation, we wanted to see if it was possible to bring that level of racing to Washington,” said Zac Daab, co-founder of Low Pressure Promotions. “We have a history of producing UCI races and appreciated the support and trust the UCI and USAC has in us to make this UCI weekend happen.

“We are extremely appreciative for the support from a friend on the West Coast with Waves For Water, who is providing financial title sponsorship support. He has simply asked that we bring awareness and help support an organization that he firmly believes in, Waves For Water.”

The Dec. 6 race, called The Liberia Project, will be held on the Pacific Lutheran University campus in Tacoma, Wash., while the Dec. 7 contest, called The Nepal Project, will run at Ft. Steilacoom Park in Lakewood, Wash.

The two-day event will create opportunities for UCI and Pro Cyclo-cross Calendar (Pro CX) points for elite men and women, which are crucial for national championships qualification spots. These races will also provide rankings points for masters and juniors riders who wish to compete at the 2015 USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Championships in Austin, Texas, Jan. 7-11.

“We are very pleased to be working with Zac and (Low Pressure Promotions co-founder) Terry (Buchanan) to bring back a weekend of UCI Cyclo-cross racing in the Northwest,” said Micah Rice, USA Cycling Vice President of National Events. “The UCI has also seen the importance of having these internationally-recognized events in this area of the United States and have supported our efforts to move these events to Washington State.”

In addition to providing two days of ‘cross action, each race day will focus on bringing financial support to two Waves For Water projects: Project Liberia and Project Nepal. The funds raised to positively impact these two nations will be a direct reflection of the financial participation from our cyclo-cross community. Race organizers ask that all participants invest in this weekend three times: twice for race entry and once to Waves For Water. Additionally, they seek support from all cycling enthusiasts who are watching the event from afar to please consider giving remotely.

Waves For Water Cyclo-cross Collaboration registration opens on http://www.usacycling.org Nov. 12.

Low Pressure Promotions produces the StarCrossed event as well as the Seattle-based cyclo-cross series, MFG Cyclocross.

Waves For Water is a nonprofit organization that works on the front line to provide clean water to communities in need around the world. To date, Waves For Water has helped provide access to clean water to over 7.5 million people. Learn more about Waves For Water at www.wavesforwater.org.


Sports Venue Regional Meeting Held

Sports Venue Regional Meeting Held

Stakeholders Gather to Discuss Strategic Regional Focus

11/5/14 / Tacoma, WA: (for immediate release) Recently, Tacoma South Sound Sports Commission and Metro Parks Tacoma gathered together Pierce County regional stakeholders to discuss city / county plans for building new sports facilities or making improvements to existing venues. Officials from parks departments, public access facilities, private developers and opinion leaders from Tacoma, Pierce County, Lakewood, Puyallup, Sumner, Lacey and Gig Harbor met at the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center to review what would be necessary for Pierce County venues to be positioned to attract large regional or national amateur sporting events to our area.

Tacoma Sports Executive Director, Dean Burke, conducted a visioning presentation on strategic planning for the communities. “As we spoke individually with community leaders about their host potential and venue plans, we started to notice some overlap in their thought processes that was not necessarily being shared from city to city” stated Burke. “Whether upgrading existing venues or developing new ones, it is important to measure the potential beyond the immediate community use, and the use as a regional destination venue, which brings valuable tourism dollars to the economy. It’s also important that cities and towns are not over saturating by replicating one another’s efforts. We market Pierce County as a region, so we wanted to encourage our partners to think of building as a region and not in multiple individual silos.”

Many of the existing community fields and sport complexes in Pierce County are lacking amenities or showing severe aging of features such as seating, lighting, roofs/coverings. In some cases, adding specific elements would make these venues qualifying properties for hosting potential regional or national tournaments. These upgrades would make the local community usage more enjoyable as well. Burke concluded, “Take the Tacoma Dome as an example. The Dome is our premier venue in Pierce County for attracting amateur sports events. While the Dome structure itself is holding up well, the infrastructure is aging. New retractable seating is a priority as are modern lighting and LED display screens for all sports. Similar stories can be told as we work through the inventory of venues across Pierce County. We’re trying to catalyze awareness and cooperation across the county to steer us towards becoming a premier destination sports region. The conversation starts now.”

Tacoma South Sound Sports Commission is a non-profit organization that promotes Tacoma-Pierce County, Washington, as a destination for major amateur sporting events and assists in the development of these programs throughout the South Sound region.

The Home Course to Stage Last U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links in 2014

The United States Golf Association (USGA) has announced the retirement of the U.S. Amateur Public Links (APL) and U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links (WAPL) championships, following the completion of the 2014 competitions. The decision follows an internal review which determined that the APL and WAPL championships no longer serve their original mission because of the widespread accessibility public-course golfers today enjoy in USGA championships.

The final WAPL will be held at The Home Course in DuPont, Wash. on July 14-19, 2014, and the final APL will be held at Sand Creek Station Golf Course in Newton, Kansas on July 14-19, 2014.

The U.S. Amateur Public Links was first played in 1922, and is the fourth-oldest championship conducted by the USGA. The APL was established to provide public golfers with access to a national championship because, at that time, the U.S. Amateur Championship was restricted to players from USGA Member Clubs. The U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links was established in 1977, for the same reason as the APL. In 1979, however, the USGA modified the entry requirements for the U.S. Amateur and U.S. Women’s Amateur championships to allow entry to public-course players.

“While our fondness for these championships made this decision a difficult one, we will continue to proudly celebrate the legacy and important role that the APL and WAPL have had on the game by forever honoring them in the USGA Museum, as well as in other appropriate ways,” said John Bodenhamer, former executive director of the Pacific Northwest Golf Association (PNGA) and Washington State Golf Association (WSGA), who now is the senior managing director of Rules, Competitions & Equipment Standards for the USGA. “We also wish to express our heartfelt gratitude to all the champions, participants, host clubs, volunteers and benefactors who, over the years, helped build a strong legacy of public links competition.” Before his departure for the USGA in 2011, Bodenhamer was the CEO of The Home Course, which in 2014 will be the host site of the final WAPL.

“While we were all surprised to hear the news about the WAPL and APL,” said Troy Andrew, executive director of the PNGA and WSGA, and CEO of The Home Course, “John (Bodenhamer) explained to us the many reasons why the USGA made this decision and it became clear and understandable. Additionally, and on a very positive note, the USGA is dedicated and committed to making the 2014 championships a celebration of what will be 38 years for the WAPL and 90 years for the APL. As we work towards 2014, we feel it will be a special year, being the final time the championship is held, and The Home Course will be in the history books as one of the most memorable USGA championships ever held.”

Over the course of their existence, the U.S. Amateur Public Links and U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links championships have assembled a rich history across the competitive golf landscape, and are part of the USGA’s long heritage of supporting public golf. The competitions boast an impressive lineup of champions including most recently: Billy Mayfair (1986); Tim Clark (1997); Trevor Immelman (1998); Ryan Moore (2002 and 2004); Brandt Snedeker (2003); Yani Tseng (2004); and T.J. Vogel and Kyung Kim (2012). These championships have also contributed to the USGA’s record books: Michelle Wie (2003) became the youngest champion in USGA history when she won the WAPL at age 13; Ryan Moore (2004) became the first golfer to win the APL and the U.S. Amateur in the same year, while Colt Knost matched the feat in 2007; and Pearl Sinn (1988) and Jennifer Song (2009) won both the WAPL and U.S. Women’s Amateur in the same year.

In conjunction with the retirement of the APL and the WAPL, the USGA also announced the introduction of two new championships, the first national championships to be added to the USGA’s competition roster in more than 25 years. The addition of the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship and the U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball Championship, which will be played annually between mid-March and late May with the inaugural events scheduled for 2015, reflects the Association’s continued commitment to supporting and growing amateur competition well into the future.

The last time the USGA added a national championship for individual golfers was in 1987 with the creation of the U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship.

“We couldn’t be more excited about the creation of national four-ball championships, given the popularity and enjoyment of this competitive format at the amateur level,” said USGA Vice President and Championship Committee Chairman Thomas J. O’Toole Jr. “Because the four-ball format lends itself to spirited team competition and aggressive risk-reward shotmaking, we are confident these championships will deliver exciting amateur golf to the national stage for both players and spectators alike.”

Eligibility for both national four-ball championships will be limited to amateurs, with no age restrictions. Team partners will not be required to be from the same club, state or country, and substitution of partners will be permitted until the close of entries. Entry is limited to individuals with a USGA Handicap Index not to exceed 5.4 for men and 14.4 for women.

The USGA’s national amateur four-ball championships will begin with sectional qualifying at dozens of sites across the nation. The U.S. Amateur Four-Ball and U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball will consist of 128 and 64 two-player teams respectively, each playing their own ball throughout the round. Each team’s score will be determined using their better-ball score for each hole. After 36 holes of stroke-play competition, the field will be reduced to the low 32 teams for the match-play portion of the championship.

Four-ball has become a widely popular format for State and Regional Golf Associations across the United States. In 2012, more than 150 championships, either strictly four-ball or as part of a competition format, were conducted in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Host sites for the inaugural U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship and U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball Championship will be announced by the USGA at a later date.

In addition to staging the U.S. Open Championship at public courses, the USGA continues to grow public golf, and support all golfers, through its various programs, including Rules of Golf education, Course Rating services and Turf Advisory Service visits. Through its partnership with national organizations such as The First Tee, LPGA-USGA Girls Golf, The PGA of America and the National Alliance for Accessible Golf, the USGA supports numerous programs that benefit junior golfers, beginning golfers and golfers with disabilities who play at America’s public golf courses. With the development of its new pace-of-play initiative, the USGA hopes to serve golfers by helping public courses identify ways to reduce the time it takes to play the game.



NWAACC Selects Tacoma as Site for 2014 Volleyball Championships

VANCOUVER, WA–The Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges is pleased to announce that the 2014 NWAACC Volleyball Championships will be hosted by Pierce College and the Western Region in conjunction with the Tacoma South Sound Sports Commission at the Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center in Tacoma, Washington.

The Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center is the second largest meeting location in the Pacific Northwest allowing the NWAACC to continue to offer tournament games on two courts simultaneously while showcasing high-level competition in one of the largest markets on the west coast. Pierce College and the Tacoma Convention Center were instrumental in coming together to offer a world-class experience to participating Volleyball teams and colleges.

“The GTCTC offers more than 119,000 square feet of flexible event space for meetings, conferences, tradeshows and celebrations. Conveniently located just south of Seattle, 20 miles south of SeaTac Airport, close to I-5, within walking distance of two premium hotels and more options close by. (The GTCTC) is dedicated to protecting the environment through implementation of sustainability practices and green initiatives,” (http://www.tacomaconventioncenter.com/).

NWAACC Executive Director, Marco Azurdia said, “The NWAACC is excited about this partnership as we continue in our endeavors to provide our student-athletes a first class championship experience. Pierce College, the NWAACC West Region, the GTCTC, and the Tacoma South Sound Commission partnering together allows this to happen. It’s now about getting to work to run a first class event.”

The agreement between the NWAACC and the Tacoma South Sound Sports Commission calls for the tournament to run through the 2017 Volleyball season. Previously, Mt. Hood Community College served as host to the annual NWAACC Volleyball Championships. The NWAACC Volleyball Championship is a 16-team, double-elimination tournament held annually over four days in late November.

Tacoma South Sound Sports Wins Award

Tacoma South Sounds Sports (TSSS) is proud to announce their signature event, Let’s Play! Sports & Fitness Experience, was awarded the Emerald City Applause Award for “Best Event Produced for a Non-Profit” in 2013 by the International Special Events Society (ISES) Seattle Chapter on Wednesday, February 20, 2014.

The award was presented to TSSS President and CEO Tim Waer at the annual banquet, this year held at the Museum of History and Industry in downtown Seattle.

The ISES Seattle Chapter membership is comprised of special event professionals from all over the Puget Sound region. These companies provide invaluable resources and services that will benefit your efforts in producing a successful special event. Many ISES members are nationally and internationally recognized for their high quality of products and services, as well as their expertise and creativity in the events industry.

The Emerald City Applause award acknowledges and honors Washington events industry professionals and their finest examples of creativity, planning, strategic management, resourcefulness and successful solutions throughout the year. The awards offer multiple categories that represent the different disciplines within the events industry.

Let’s Play! Sports & Fitness Experience is a one-day, community event held annually inside the Tacoma Dome and Tacoma Dome Exposition Hall. It features over 40 different clubs and organizations showcasing their various sports and fitness activities in a “try-it-out” format. Its purpose is to introduce kids and adults to the variety of sports and fitness opportunities in the Puget Sound region.


Tacoma South Sound Sports is a non-profit organization that promotes Tacoma-Pierce County, Washington, as a destination for major amateur sporting events and assists in the development of these programs throughout the South Sound region.

Tacoma’s Ms. Wheelchair brings home national crown

Reposted from The News Tribune

By ALEXIS KRELL — Staff writer


She has a bigger tiara and a wider audience.

Tacoma’s Jennifer Adams was crowned Ms. Wheelchair America 2014 Saturday night in Houston, where she competed as Ms. Wheelchair Washington for the national title.

Now 33-year-old Adams begins a year of traveling the country to share her platform, which is to bring arts education to students of all abilities and to combat bullying. Born with partial limbs and having used a wheelchair all her life, those are issues Adams said she has faced firsthand.

Professionally she is a motivational speaker, and she used that skill to win over the audience while vying for the national crown.

As one of the last five finalists competing for the title, Adams was asked to share an embarrassing story about herself.

She told them what she says is a funny account of her first day of kindergarten, when she accidentally ran over another student with her brand new chair.

“My dad told me not to turn the wheelchair up to the highest speed, and I did anyway,” she said.

The tale got the audience laughing, she said.

She also shared with the crowd how she thinks the health care system could better serve people with disabilities, and about her plans to make schools more inclusive for all students.

Adams was up against stiff competition in Houston, Washington pageant coordinator Meg Paulsen said.

“Women who are doctors and lawyers and have long-standing nonprofits and are making huge differences in their communities,” Paulsen said. “(Jennifer is) a great representative of women who happen to be wheelchair users, and has a passion for breaking down the barriers that she has faced in the past.”

A Washington woman last earned the title in 1996.

Adams was chosen to wear the crown out of about 30 contestants, according to the pageant website.

“I immediately started crying tears of joy,” she said. “I just felt this energy, passion and vision for this next year.”

She plans to make appearances in all 50 states, serving as a spokeswoman for persons with disabilities.

“I’m going to be taking my talents out into the world, and show the world that having a disability is cool,” Adams said. “My goal is to make Ms. Wheelchair America a household name.”

Alexis Krell: 253-597-8268

The Inaugural Obliteride Invites the Community to a Free Festival with Live Music

Fred Hutch’s new movement to obliterate cancer
comes out big and bold the first year

SEATTLE, July 18, 2013 – The first-ever Obliteride is more than a bike ride, it’s a community celebration and gathering around the ultimate goal: ending cancer. So, grab your family and walk, pedal or take the bus to Seattle’s Magnuson Park on Aug. 10 and 11 and join the festivities.

“Cancer affects all of us and we want the entire community to feel welcome to come on out to Magnuson Park and cheer on all the riders who have raised money for cancer research at Fred Hutch,” said Amy Lavin, Obliteride’s executive director. “We’re lucky to have such an amazing institution right in our backyard.”

A finish-line festival with a full lineup of entertainment, including family-friendly bands, is planned for Obliteride weekend. The Nowhere Men, playing music of The Beatles, 80s Invasion, and Kalimba, an Earth, Wind & Fire cover band, are just a few of the groups that will contribute to the celebration. Saturday, the Radio Disney Kid’s Zone will keep the little ones entertained. Sunday, the Not-Its!, a popular adult-savvy children’s group playing cool kids’ music, takes the stage. Children will also enjoy an 18-foot slide, a hydro blaster, bouncy house, bike-related crafts, a prize wheel and more. Guests can purchase food and beer at the park, with cash and proper photo ID. Parking is limited at Magnuson Park so people are encouraged to take a free shuttle from the E1 parking lot at University of Washington

People interested in riding in Obliteride still have time to register. “Nearly anyone can do the 25-mile route,” Lavin said. “There are a few hills but nothing too intimidating, so dust off your bike or borrow a friend’s and join us!”

Community members are invited to get involved by lining the routes and cheering on riders as they come through neighborhoods throughout westernWashington. Bring signs honoring loved ones or friends who have battled cancer or are in the fight today. Riders will leave Magnuson Park at 7:30 a.m. and most will return between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday. The 180-mile riders finish on Sunday after spending the night at University ofPuget Sound in Tacoma. Maps of the four routes make it easy to support the riders.

Register to ride or volunteer at obliteride.org/register.

About Obliteride

Driven by the goal to end cancer, Obliteride is a new, community-wide effort to accelerate lifesaving cancer research at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. We are creating a movement of people committed to obliterating cancer and saving lives faster. It culminates in a fundraising bike ride Aug. 9-11, 2013 that will be quintessentially Northwest. Thanks to anchor sponsors, University Village and The Sloan Foundation, and other inaugural sponsors, 100 percent of every dollar raised goes directly to breakthrough cancer research at Fred Hutch. Join us. Ride. Donate. Volunteer. Tell others. Ending cancer starts at Fred Hutch. obliteride.org

Hope on the Slopes at Crystal Mountain Resort

Hope on the Slopes, Ski & Ride for a Cure Executive Director Charlene Piercy invites skiers and boarders to participate in the Hope On The Slopes cancer fundraising event at Crystal Mountain, WA on Saturday, March 16th 2013.

Hope on the Slopes (HOTS) fundraising events are held at resorts and ski areas nationwide.Crystal Mountain is one of four very successful HOTS events held in the State of Washington.  The others include White Pass, Stevens Pass, and Mt Spokane.  Hope on the Slopes was founded at White Pass, WA 10 years ago, and has raised over $3 million since inception.

HOTS is a fun, competitive, family-friendly event. Individuals of all ages and skills are welcome to participate. Individuals and teams of up to 15 participants compete for top fundraising and most vertical feet awards.Hope on the Slopes, Ski & Ride for a Cure combines fun and enjoyment on the slopes with the passion to help find a cure for cancer.

HOTS events are managed by Ski & Ride for a Cure.  Funds raised through volunteer efforts and corporate sponsorships support the mission of the American Cancer Society, and provide monetary support for their important research, patient services, and education.  If you would like to volunteer, please contact Charlene Piercy, for more information.

Just two hours southeast of Seattle, Crystal offers visitors spectacular views, world-class skiing, fine dining and an outdoor escape from everyday life. Originally focused on skiing and winter sports alone, Crystal has grown to include a full array of summer activities for all walks of life, including scenic rides on the state’s first gondola that whisks visitors to 6,872 feet, gourmet dining at Washington’s highest restaurant, unparalleled views of Mt. Rainier, hiking, biking, horseback riding, disc golf and so much more.
Crystal Mountain, owned and operated by Boyne Resorts, is a proud partner in recreation with the U.S. Forest Service. Boyne Resorts is a family-run company that has 10 resort properties throughout the U.S. and Canada. Seattle-based John Kircher acts as President of Boyne and General Manager of Crystal. Crystal Mountain is located in the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.

Hotel Murano wins 4 stars from Forbes

Reprised from Feb. 26 edition of the Business Examiner

Feb 26, 2013 – 01:47 PM

Tacoma’s Hotel Murano is joining the 55th annual Forbes Travel Guide with Four Stars, joining the elite ranks of only four properties in the state to receive the designation and the first in Tacoma.

Forbes Travel Guide’s star ratings have, since the company’s founding in 1958 as Mobil Travel Guide, been the gold standard for hospitality excellence. Hotel Murano will be showcased with all of the 2013 winners on Startle.com, the online home of Forbes Travel Guide.

The hotel will also celebrate its newly-minted Four Star status by welcoming all guests who check in today with a complimentary glass of sparkling wine.
The 320-room property is a member of Provenance Hotels, a collection of award-winning urban boutique hotels based in Portland.

Folkstyle Wrestling Tournament to Take Place in Tacoma

WSWA / Whirlwind Clean & Green Present Folkstyle Tournament

1/30/2013 / Tacoma, WA: (for immediate release) There’s no doubt about it, wrestling is big in Tacoma. Home to the WIAA’s Mat Classic, the City of Tacoma now welcomes another huge wrestling event, the 2013 Folkstyle State Wrestling Championship. Presented by Washington State Wrestling Association (WSWA) and Whirlwind Clean & Green and a sanctioned event with USA Wrestling, the 2013 Folkstyle State Wrestling Tournament takes place Sunday, February 17, 2013 at the Tacoma Dome. Weigh-in is from 7:00-8:00am and wrestling begins at 10:00am.

The 2013 Folkstyle State Tournament features regular divisions and true beginner divisions for wrestlers with less than two years of experience. There are almost one hundred teams in the state of Washington registered with USA Wrestling. This event is sponsored by Relentless Wrestling Club.

Folkstyle wrestling is the form of wrestling practiced at most high schools and collegiate levels. The object is to either pin your opponent or score as many points as possible. It focuses on change of control, utilizing escapes or reversals, which differs from other styles such as Freestyle or Greco Roman.

Admission fee to the event is $10 for adults and kids 18 and under are free. For more information please see their website at http://www.washingtonstatewrestling.com.

Washington State Wrestling Association is a non-profit organization that is the state affiliate for USA Wrestling.