Saturday, June 25, 2011

Inland Northwest Athletes!

by Kris Pitcher

With readers across the nation and around the world - you could say Bliss has a wide reach! Which I love (not gonna lie.) And I can't help but share some of the excititng events going on this weekend in my little tiny - perfect - corner of the world. This is a HUGE weekend in Spokane USA and neighboring Coeur d'Alene for athletes.

Spokane Hoopfest is well underway, and boasts the worlds largest 3 on 3 basketball tournament. With 6,700 teams, 3,000 volunteers and over 200,000 players and spectators that's a lot of hoops! Hoopfest spans 40 downtown city blocks with 428 courts. Wow!

That's a lot of coolers, folding chairs, bottles of G2, sunscreen and fun. There's also a food fest, tons of vendors, shopping, live music and a whole host of things to do. The weather is perfect, and we'll hope for not too many injuries! Hoop it up!

Next up is the Ford Ironman Coeur d'Alene Triathlon. Sunday morning over 2,000 athletes will swim 2.4 miles in the beautiful and frigid Lake Coeur d'Alene, bike a 112 mile course, and run 26.2 miles.

During my commutes this week I have seen FANCY bikes rolling in atop cars with licence plates from all over the place as athletes come into town.

The city of Coeur d'Alene has an Ironman Village full of eating, shopping and recovery activities, music and all the like. There's no arguing this is a beautiful place to live, work, and play.

I hope all the athletes and their cheering squads enjoy the Inland Northwest, thanks for coming to town! Now get out there and enjoy the day!  

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