Bike to School Day draws record crowd of Sherwood Elementary students

More than 200 Sherwood Elementary students were joined by parents, teachers, staff, city officials and friends on a sunny Wednesday morning for the school’s second annual celebration of National Bike to School Day. Students began gathering at the Hickman Park start location more than an hour before the scheduled 9:10 a.m. departure. “This is our…

Local principal sets the pace — 26.2 miles at a time

Faye Britt, the principal at Hazelwood Elementary School in Lynnwood, is a globetrotter. Or to be more precise, a globerunner. On April 15, she finished her 16th Boston Marathon, one of the running world’s most iconic and prestigious races. She began racing competitively in elementary school in South London. Now, a few decades later, Britt…

Fitness corner: Don’t let yourself quit

I have been working on this column for weeks. Not this one, exactly, or you wouldn’t be reading it. I’ve started and partially written multiple variations on various topics, even as my brain has provided and discarded many more ideas. Nothing is clicking. I am aware that my writing flow becomes compromised in challenging times….

First Edmonds Bike to School Day draws a crowd

More than 200 students, parents and teachers from Sherwood Elementary School joined city and school district officials for the first ever Bike to School Day event, organized by the City of Edmonds Engineering and Planning Departments. The riders met up at two locations – Hickman Park and the intersection of 15th Street Street Southwest and 8th Avenue…

Girls on the Run seeking volunteer coaches for spring 2023 season

Girls on the Run (GOTR) of Snohomish County is looking for coaches for their spring 2023 season, and also has opportunities for those who want to bring the program to your school or group. GOTR is a “physical activity-based, positive youth development program that inspires girls and gender-expansive youth in third through eighth grade to…

Sponsor spotlight: The Downtown Edmonds 2022 Holiday Gift Guide

If we know anything about our holiday gifting goals, we know they’re two-fold: purchasing presents needs to be easy, and it needs to feel good. Thankfully, we live in Edmonds, where hundreds of local businesses abound—all in the same small radius! Bookmark this guide and pull it up when you’re circling the downtown blocks looking…

Teen yoga series at Yoga Sanctuary starting April 12

Yoga Sanctuary in Perrinville is offering a teen yoga series from 3-4 p.m. Tuesdays, April 12-May 17. Participants ages 13-17 will learn how mindful movement and breathing exercises can help develop self-awareness, emotional resilience, healthy body image, positive thinking and compassion while learning the skills and tools needed for lifelong well being. Yoga Sanctuary Studio…

Free swim lessons available to Edmonds School District students

Vouchers for free swimming lessons are available to any Edmonds School District student. The swim vouchers were were sent home with third-grade students in January. They are good for three sets of swim lessons that are redeemable at either the Lynnwood Pool, the Mountlake Terrace Pool, Yost (Edmonds) Pool, and YMCA Dale Turner Pool. The vouchers…

13th Annual Celebrate Schools 5K is on its way

Are you looking for a skele-ton of fun this October? Then join us for the virtual Celebrate Schools Monster Mad Dash 5K, benefiting the Foundation for Edmonds School District. This year’s event includes a weeklong chance to race during the 5K Spirit Week! Run, walk, and wag your way through a course of your choosing…

Reminder: Verdant offering South County Walks this summer

Verdant Health Commission is partnering with South Snohomish County Cities to promote good health and fitness through a series of free community walks called “South County Walks.” The walks are led by volunteers, are typically two to three miles in length and take about an hour to complete. People of all ages and abilities are…

Yost Penguins parent group wants city to protect community swim program

While Edmonds’ outdoor Yost Pool reopened June 14 after being closed a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the pool won’t be accessible this summer to one enthusiastic group of local swimmers: the Yost Penguins youth swim team. The situation has raised the ire of Penguin parents, who want the City of Edmonds to ensure…

Hooray: Hazel Miller Spray Park set to reopen July 1

After missing a season of operation due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Hazel Miller Spray Park is set to reopen July 1. The City of Edmonds Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services Department announced Thursday it is preparing to open the spray park, located at Edmonds City Park, 600 3rd Ave. S. “We are very excited…

Sponsor spotlight: MLT Dance and Fitness at home!

Mountlake Terrace dance and fitness instructors are posting classes online. These classes are not only for their students, but are free to the public. Stay active with tap, ballet, yoga, pilates and more! City of Mountlake Terrace, Recreation and Parks 5303 228th St. S.W. Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043 425-776-9173

Fitness Corner: Exercise in the age of coronavirus

The novel coronavirus has upended our lives in a way that few of us have ever experienced. With seemingly no end in sight, it’s an unsettling and frightening time. As we socially distance and isolate ourselves at home more, combined with the loss of control that many of us are feeling, it’s easy to lose…

Fitness Corner: Stop worrying about your weight

“I really need to lose some weight. Right now I weigh 105 lbs.” —Me, writing in my diary when I was 11 years old You can imagine how I felt when I found this diary entry recently. I don’t remember ever worrying about my weight at such a young age! I am sad. The fact…

Edmonds’ new barre3 fitness studio opens its doors March 5

Edmonds’ brand-new barre3 studio is opening its doors Thursday, March 5. at the former Edmonds Hardware and Paint location in Old Mill Town. The location has been transformed into a 2,500-square-foot boutique fitness studio with private lockers, changing rooms, shower facilities, a play lounge with dedicated child care, community gathering area, and a 900-plus-square-foot exercise studio. Since announcing…

Fitness Corner: Beating the winter blues

Winter may not be here yet but it sure does feel like it’s on the way. Born and raised in sunny Southern California, I found the coldness and darkness of fall and winter in the Pacific Northwest challenging every single year. Even here in Texas, where it is undeniably sunnier and warmer further into fall,…

Sponsor spotlight: Stay in the game – two fall sports injuries to avoid

Fall sports are back on the calendars of athletes, parents, coaches, and trainers. No matter whose team you are on, everyone wins when athletes stay injury-free. Each season, I team up with Edmonds high school athletic trainers on the sidelines to evaluate players on the field. I also see injured athletes in my clinic when additional…

Fitness Corner: Exercising while traveling

My late husband, Coach Dan Potts, was the most dedicated exerciser I have ever met, even on vacation. I have vivid memories of him on the floor of vacation rentals and hotel rooms, completing multiple repetitions of crunches, push-ups and bodyweight squats, nearly every morning we traveled together. And then we’d head out on a…

Fitness Corner: How to get motivated

Motivation can be elusive even for the most disciplined and driven of us. It ebbs and flows through different phases of our lives . . . as our goals change . . . as we change. As a coach and trainer, motivating my clients is one of the most important aspects of my role in…