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Centennial Sk8 Festival – October 10-11, 2015

A local longboarding family has stepped up to host the 3rd Annual Centennial Sk8 Festival, committed to keeping Arlington, WA on the map as a Pacific Northwest longboarding destination. This year will be a two-day skate race and benefit event, with all profits from the Centennial Sk8 Festival going to the Nick of Time Foundation and the Heart of Edmonds Community Heart Safe Project, a local nonprofit that provides sudden cardiac arrest awareness, AED/CPR training, free youth heart screenings and AED stations to schools and the community.

In addition to bringing back the same push races, the one-mile, 5k and half-marathon, racers can expect a high level of creativity, new fun races, a free slide jam and a festival. One race, the Cape Race, requires a cape to be worn for entry. The grand prize is a tandem skydive generously donated by Skydive Snohomish. Another race, the “90-Second Challenge,” features a skateboard/longboard obstacle course and raises awareness to the fact that an AED heart defibrillator must be reached within 90 seconds for the best chance at saving a life.

“We wanted to bring back the races everyone knows and loves, but we also wanted to find new ways to draw in locals and new racers, all while supporting the benefit,” said Angela Kuhn, event producer.

The Centennial Sk8 Festival, known in prior years as the “Centennial Push Races” or “Arlington’s Centennial Sk8 Challenge” will take place October 10-11, 2015 in Legion Park, along the scenic Centennial Trail and through the closed streets of downtown Arlington.

“We worked closely with the City and the County to ensure racers will stay safe and have a blast,” said Kuhn. “We are also excited to partner with Omen Longboards to bring a free slide jam complete with a nice nearby hill and the Omen team van with riders available to give pointers.”

IDSA membership is required to participate in the one-mile, 5k and half-marathon races for ages 8 and up. A one-day membership is $15, or $20 for annual membership.

Participants may earn/receive: Cash prizes, prize boards, wheels, product giveaways, swag, free snacks and water, local coupons, free entry for all at Mirkwood after party.

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Festival 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Races 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM
5k, Cape Race, 90-Second Challenge, Slide Jam, One-mile
Check-In Begins: 10:00 AM, last race (one-mile) is at 8:00 PM
After Party: following one-mile race, at Mirkwood and Shire Café, free entry, live bands, 117 E Division (at the end of Olympic Ave, a few blocks from the races).

Race: Half-marathon 10:00 AM Check-In Begins: 9:00 AM

Lodging options:

  • Free camping at Bryant General Store
  • Quality Inn, Arlington, has group rates under the name “Centennial Sk8 Festival” for either a 2-queen room or a single, both priced at $85 plus tax. Call Marlene at the front desk (360) 403-7222.
  • Medallion Hotel: 2-queen room or single king standard: $97 plus tax. Reserve directly and mention the event name. (360) 657-0500.
  • Yurts. River Meadows Park Yurt Village, about 10 minute drive from races. First come, first serve. $45/night, 2-night minimum. Bring your own bedding. (360) 435-3441.
  • Other hotel in area: Best Western (360) 363-4321

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